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

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

  • "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

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

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

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

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

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There is an enchanting delicacy to the sound produced by Me and My Friends that you wouldn’t perhaps expect from a band whose primary influences include highlife, afro-beat and roots reggae. A unique and singular blend, it’s the sound of English folk colliding head-on with the golden-era music of 1970s West Africa and the Caribbean.


Beautiful harmonies, gorgeous clarinet and cello lines, and gripping bass and drum patterns all cradle the exquisite finger-picking guitar of chief songwriter and vocalist Nick Rasle. These are vintage sounds brilliantly blended with modern English folk and hints of jazz and delta blues and the life-affirming result is both sumptuous and enthralling.