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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JB Barrington is a Salford award winning performance poet renown for his searing and satirical poetry and snarling delivery of strong sentiments and sharp rhymes. He’s is funny, endearing, nostalgic and a spoken word maestro who provides one of the most powerful performances on the UK scene. JBs one man shows have been selling out and they’ve been described as a rollercoaster of emotions with a brilliant and imaginative display of poetic writing covering social issues, economics, class and loss. JB has been on tour with Sleaford Mods performing in front of huge sell out crowds across both England and Scotland and he supported The Charlatans on the main stage at Kendal Calling last year plus he’s recently performed with both Johnny Vegas and Ricky Tomlinson. JB has written commissions for the BBC, York Council for the York Fairness Commission, Kendal Calling and Salford Arts Theatre. Suggs from Madness was so impressed by JBs book ‘Woodchip Anaglypta And Nicotined Artex Ceilings’ he took a copy on stage with him at Kendal Calling 2016 and during the Madness Saturday night headline show and in front of a sell out crowd he read one of JBs poems.

Lovely stuff, touches heart strings the odd raw nerve” – Johnny Vegas
Great poetry, really funny, absolute class” Steve Cradock
“A warm charm, a rapier wit & a real appreciation of words” – Louder Than War
Savagely funny and profoundly moving” – Cheltenham Poetry Festival
JB is an important artist in expressing contemporary poetry” – Vini Reilly (The Duritti Column)