• "I loved Kendal Calling!"  - Mark Chadwick, The Levellers

  • "It's unlike any other festival. One of the highlights of summer!"  - The Charlatans

  • Best Medium Festival 2013 & 2016 Best Small Festival 2010 & 2011, Best Toilets 2015!

  • "It's like Glastonbury at its best!! Happy beautiful people from the north. Long live Kendal Calling!"  - Doves

  • "Run to the hills for this small, family-friendly indie-dance festival. Small but beautifully formed"  - The Independent

  • "Kendal Calling is loved as much for its breathtaking setting in rolling green fields as for its top-notch lineup"  - Sunday Times

  • "Kendal Calling is the best small festival in anywhere and everywhere!"  - Seasick Steve

  • "Amazing setting, lovely people, great mix of music & a real ale tent right next to where I was DJing!"  - Mr Scruff


Dave Viney Presents…  Wild Things: Poets Let Loose

Embracing our ‘Wild’ theme, renowned Performance Poet and Host Dave Viney returns to the Carvetti Stage with another selection of outstanding spoken word artists.  Poetry that resonates – funny, poignant and memorable.  Definitely NO poems about daffodils, or windy walks.   Headliner Tony Walsh who’s poem ‘This Is the Place’ epitomised the spirit of Manchester in aid of the Manchester bombing victims and their families.  Not to be missed.  (Contains some swearing).

Dave Viney:

“A very funny man and ten times more talented than he is funny.” – Mike Garry.

“At first I thought he was going to try and steal my handbag, but instead he stole our hearts!  And my handbag.” – Thick Richard.

Tony Walsh

“I want it placed on record that it’s the best thing I’ve ever heard come out of any Mancunian’s mouth ever.” –  Liam Gallagher of Oasis.

“Fabulous stuff!” – Irvine Welsh (author of Trainspotting).

Genevieve Walsh

“If you get the chance to see Genevieve live, grasp it!” – Henry Normal.

“A word weaving whirlwind.” – Evidently.

Louise Fazackerley 

“A great performer” –  Will Self.

“Amazing!” – Attila The Stockbroke