• "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

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

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

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

  • "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

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


Hurtling out of the south of Bristol – and if you know Bristol at all, you’ll know it’s the south that matters – The Shimmer Band channel an explosive mix of rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelia that sounds at once gratifyingly familiar and yet thrillingly fresh. Oozing attitude like a raw wound seeps blood, the five piece – Tom Newman (singer), Willz Hatcher (drums), Tom Smith (guitar / synths), Tom Kuras (bass) and Babsy (guitar) – capture the vitality and ferocity of the greats, adding their own triumphant swagger and brash gang mentality to instant anthems like the Suicidemeets-Sly-Stone chaos of ‘Shoot Me (Baby)’, the stoned-but-soaring strut of ‘What Is Mine?’ and the ecstatic victory call that is ‘Freedom’. Throw in the scorched fuzz of ‘Freak City’ and ‘Ya Ya (Uh Oh)’s suitably insouciant savagery and you’ll find a band whose edge is so sharp that you won’t even feel it cut you wide open.