• "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

  • "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

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

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

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

Main Press Shot - WFA

“The music is simultaneously intense, intricate and contemplative. A Molotov Cocktail of melody, rhythm and riffs all glued together by a stirring atmosphere.”

Ash, James, Matt, Nick and Robbie first met back in 2010 at Leeds College of Music. By 2013, various other bands and solo projects had been and gone. Whilst on a night out on Leeds’ own Call Lane – celebrating graduation – all five realised they were free to begin their next musical endeavour… and with a knocking together of beer bottles and a few handshakes, Where Fires Are was born.

The group put an emphasis on creating expressive music whilst avoiding self-indulgence. Thought-out, occasionally ambiguous lyrics (allowing the listener to interpret as they like) tend to cover themes such as life and death, love and hate, politics, spiritualism and faith (in the basic sense of the word).