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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is Early Jazz, the 1900s to 1920s hot style that started out as Jass. The Swamp Donkeys have brought this traditional style to international stages by bringing together deep respect for the forms and sounds of the era with modern sensibilities and ideas. The band is led by the larger-than-life James Williams who brings such a convincing Satchmo with the rest of his repertoire that by the time you get to the sax and trombone, you may literally be out of breath. (Get your dancing shoes out if you’ve got them).