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

  • "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

  • "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

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



This summer, Kraken Rum wants you to delve into the darker side of tiki at our brand new area for 2017, the Kraken Rum Freaky Tiki bar!

The history of tiki, its mythological side, has almost become lost amongst the hula girls, grass skirts, cocktail umbrellas and Hawaiian shirts. But trust us, there’s something a little freaky going on with tiki.

Kanaloa, the tiki god of evil, death and the underworld, is symbolised by the squid, much like the revered Kraken. There are also cannibals, ghost dogs, wrestling and bone breaking gods. Tiki is shrouded in a multitude of myths and legend. We will be embracing the esoteric at our cocktail bar. Imagine the giant, mythical Kraken has risen out of the sea to completely engulf a tiki bar with its giant tentacles and dragged it, stools and all, down into the sea.

We want to invite you to step into our sub-sea underworld. Kick back in the Kraken’s lair, sample our signature drinks and darkly twisted versions of classic summer cocktails – like the Perfect Storm [Kraken Rum, ginger beer and lime] or the Poison Apple [Kraken Rum, lemon juice, ginger syrup and cider].

When the sun goes down, and day turns to night, we’ll be unleashing the spirit of the Kraken with DJ’s and live percussion and a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Get your best Freaky Tiki face on for a chance to win some bounty and you won’t want to miss the ‘Awakening of the Kraken’ every night.

Come join us at Freaky Tiki and you’ll soon start to appreciate the darker side of summer.


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