• "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!

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

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

  • "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

  • "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


After a night on the dance floor, many wide eyed clubbers leave a venue with a certain tune lodged in their head. A muffled vocal, a rolling bassline, or a filtered synth. But for Kerouac, Manchester born Tim Shaw, the tunes lodged in their brains cannot be characterised by instrumentation, but join together to form a higher level of feeling. This is because for Kerouac, djing is not merely about tunes, but about transcending the dancefloor and inspiring true emotion. 

This ability was soon noticed by local outfit Love Dose and he has since represented them at a number of parties at Manchester’s Hidden, including warming up for Joy Orbison, at the official after party for Parklike festival, and supporting huge artists such as Culoe de Song and Ian Pooley. As well as playing regularly in the flourishing Manchester scene, Kerouac’s portfolio of shows is extensive- headlining shows in Liverpool, Leeds, London and Ibiza, as well as playing at Kendal Calling, Parklife and Blue Dot festivals. 

Kerouac’s productions combine floor filling, dance floor ready elements with visceral tonality to create a unique and mature sound. With two very successful releases on Flymusik and Love Dose, Kerouac’s productions have caught the ear of a host of household names, such as Richie Hawtin, Agoria, Bicep, &Me and Marco Carola. Larry Heard recently opened a rare recorded mix with ‘Nighthawks’, a dark and melancholic record, that perfectly formed the opening chapter of Heard’s journey. Both EP’s reached the dizzy heights of the Beatport top 10, and with an archive of compositions ready to be released, it could be very exciting times ahead.