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

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

  • "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

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

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious” – Einstein 

Lost Eden is an immersive arena for arts and culture, set within stunning woodland at Kendal Calling. By day, a mixture of stages and watering holes dotted among the trees will keep a bounty of music flowing throughout the afternoon. By night, watch the area transform into a cornucopia of curiosity. Intriguing installations, motion-sensor light art and walkabout performances will form a trail (or rabbit hole) brimming with unique artworks. 

Over the last two years, Lost Eden has commissioned a variety of brand new artworks, including Bird Hive VR to the Mechanical Heart by Felicity Jones and the Umbrella Tree by Tim Hill and Dave Young (Rag and Bone).


We are opening the door to the weird and wonderful at Kendal Calling, continuing to explore the co-existent relationship between nature and metropolis. In 2018 we are offering a large scale installation co-commission, with a focus on immersive installation art. 

This is a unique opportunity to create and showcase an artwork that will not only bring the Lost Eden woodlands area of Kendal Calling festival to life, but will also be shown at an additional four festivals (Bluedot, Shambala, Lakes Alive and Arts by the Sea). The successful applicant will receive funding, as well as guidance and support from each festival.

Help transform Kendal Calling’s Lost Eden into an escapist utopia, and get your work seen across the country!

Please note that the commission is subject to a successful GFTA bid with the Arts Council England. A bid is currently in place.

Download the co-commission open call guidance document HERE

Apply for Lost Eden Co-Commissions for 2018 HERE



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explore Stages within Lost Eden

If you dare to journey through this rabbit hole, you must prepare to be taken on a journey from a state of nature to a tribal metropolis. Kendal Callers are cordially invited to Lost Eden, through costumed walkabout, spontaneous gatherings, workshops and encounters with newly commissioned installation art. 

There’s more to Kendal Calling than just the music, why not check out some of our suggestions below!