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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

Water bar will keep festival goers hydrated!

United Utilities will be keeping festival goers at this year’s Kendal Calling well hydrated, with a free water bar.

The company, one of the main sponsors of this year’s festival at Lowther Deer Park,  will be providing free drinking water for revellers, and giving away 10,000 free reusable water bottles.John Hilton, United Utilities’ Project Director for West Cumbria said: “We’re thrilled to be a supporter of this year’s Kendal Calling, and are looking forward to keeping everyone well hydrated with our free water bar.

“It’s been a tough year for Cumbria so far, with the area still recovering from the devastating floods at the start of the year. The festival is a welcome opportunity for people to let their hair down. We look forward to seeing everyone there!”

Check out our Kendal Calling Info Pack!


Getting ready for Kendal Calling?

We’ve popped together a very handy information pack so you have all the essential information you need!

Kendal Calling Info Pack

Before you set off on your journey to the fields please check out the travel page here for the most up to date travel information.

Follow us on @intheFieldsLIVE for up to date information!

We’ll see you in the fields in 3 days!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Important welfare message


Important welfare message

You’re our festival family and we have a very important message we want you to read.

“We’re looking forward to another amazing weekend in the fields at Kendal Calling.

“Kendal Calling is a community and a family. We’re all in the fields together and we want everyone to stay safe and have the best possible time.

“Make sure you eat well, get some sleep and stay hydrated. Take care of yourself and your friends and think carefully about the decisions you make. The dangers of drugs and substance abuse are well documented and the results can be fatal.

“All of our stewards, security and welfare staff are on hand any time of day and night to help you. Don’t hesitate to come to us with any worries, concerns or issues you have while at the festival.

“We’ve worked all year to make something magical for you to enjoy, so stay safe look out for each other and have a great time.”

You can visit the welfare team over at the welfare tent in the Village Green (open 24 hours) or located next to Calling Out open during opening arena hours. They can give you a well-earned break from festival life and treat any injuries both big and small all the way to any drugs or alcohol related issues. Please take care of one another to keep Kendal a safe and superb place.

Andy & Ben, Festival Directors.

Kendal Calling’s priorities are to:

Prevent illegal drugs getting on site

Pursue anyone suspected of supplying drugs

Protect our festival goers Protection of festival goers is at the heart of Kendal Calling. Working closely with Cumbria Police, the festival will continue to maintain a robust approach to anyone attempting to bring drugs, including so-called ‘legal highs’, into the event. Measures on site will include:

Rigorous search-on-entry, including trained staff and detection dogs at all entrances.

Monitoring and analysis of any drugs seized.

Proactive communication including use of social media to warn of any high-risk substances found.

Drugs and alcohol advice point within the welfare facility, with confidential advice for any festival-goers who have concerns.

The message is simple: There is no safe way to take drugs. Don’t attempt to bring or take drugs at Kendal Calling.

Superintendent Justin Bibby of Cumbria Police said:

“Enjoy this event but please be aware of the potential dangers of taking either illegal drugs or new psychoactive substances – you can never be sure of what they contain. I want everyone that visits the festival to return home to their loved ones; understand the risks – a cheap high is not worth dying for.

“We will be working closely with the event security teams to prevent illegal substances being supplied and used and we will be using all means at our disposal to achieve it.” 

Please stay safe in the fields folks!

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New for 2016: The Emperor’s Gin Emporium!

Forgotten fields- Saturday-LE-3

The simple gin and tonic is one of Britain’s favourite drinks. Add ice, lemon, quibble over lime versus cucumber or go one step further and even add in the very on-trend pink grapefruit. Whatever you prefer the timeless gin and tonic really does cure all ills – or at least make you forget about them! Head over to our very own gin bar, The Emperor’s Gin Emporium (located next to the Woodlands real ale bar), in which we’ve carefully collated a handful of our favourite local gins infused with Fever Tree mixers. It’s a simple stunning drink you can’t not try a tipple of!

Gin’s available include:

The Lakes Gin

Steampunk Gin

Bulldog Gin

Bathtub Gin

Tanqueray Gin

Tanqueray 10

Chai Wallah Highlights!


Chai Wallah returns to Kendal Calling 2016. This unique touring venue has played host to some of the best cutting edge music on the festival circuit over the last 12 years and this year will be no exception!

Expect an ecleptic journey through the very best in afrobeat, funk, hip hop, alternative, reggae, electronica, pyshchedlic, folk, brass, world music and everything in between.

Renowned for their incredible sound system and legendary party vibes Chai Wallahs also provides an array of hot booze brews, cocktails, smoothies & juices, pizza’s and pasta’s and the traditional breakfast.  It’s a great place to kick back, refill, refresh and kick off again.

Previous artists have included the likes of Rag N Boneman, Will & The People, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Dreadzone, The Mouse Outfit, Reeps One, Hidden Orchestra, The John Langan Band, Craig Charles, Mr Scruff, Little Dragon, Zion Train, Ghostpoet,Prince Fatty, Broken Brass Ensemble, Wrongtom, The Apples, Jungle By Night, MX Xander, Kate Tempest & Jamie Woon This years line up has been programmed to offer non stop goodness and sooth you through the earlier part of the day with a selection of folk and alternative music and then…. continually build your festival spirit throughout the day with different upbeat, feel good arty vibes.

Thursday night we will be pushing the funky vibes, Friday the crazy carnival vibes, Saturday the bass heavy reggae and dance vibes, and Sunday the hip hop, beats, breaks and block party vibes.

Just pitch up on Thursday night and stay for whole weekend! (but if you do have a busy festival schedule then be sure to make time for the following highlights from our program).

Jenna & The G’s

Hot Feet

The Conservoitoir Folk Ensemble

Will Varley

Jalen N’Gonda

Soom T

Luke Potter

Sam Green & The mIdnight Heist

Akua Naru

The Mouseoutfit

The Allergies

ONE MONTH till we are back in the fields!

Primal Scream

ONE MONTH till we are back in the fields!

It’s time to go festival shopping as it is a month today until Kendal Calling! With our huge headliners ready and raring to go, we can’t wait for the 11th instalment, which is jam packed with amazing acts, comedy geniuses, daring dance acts, fine food, and a top theme which will see the fields turn alight with awash of bright colours, feathers and glitter.

With less than 700 tickets left we thought we’d shout out about some of the astounding areas that make up Kendal Calling. So sit back, grab a brew (or a Kend’ale!) and feast your eyes upon some of our top picks!

Main Stage

Pop down to our Main Stage to see our huge headliners, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Rudimental, Madness & The Charlatans.

Plus, catch Catfish & The Bottlemen, Everything Everything, Band of Skulls, The Hives, We Are Scientists plus many more!

View the full line-up here.

Glow Tent

3,2,1, when the crowd say Bo, Selecta! Bringing his huge hits to the fields is Craig David whose notorious noughties hits (can I get a Re-Rewind) is sure to bring the grime generation out in full force to the Glow Tent. It’s sure to be a glorious comeback set!

You can also catch Toddla T, David Rodigan MBE, Redlight and many more legendary DJ’s!

View the full line-up here.

Calling Out

 One of the most exciting stages at Kendal Calling this year we are super thrilled to have Peter Doherty, Blossoms and Ghostpoet making headline appearances.

Ones to watch is definitely quartet girl band The Big Moon who exude energy and tight harmonies and definitely set for stardom!

View the full line-uo here.


Troubadour legend Donovan will be making a special guest appearance on our Woodlands stage, plus you can catch up-and coming bands such as Plastic Mermaids, Dorey The Wise and Kid Kapichi.

View the full line-up here.


Are you a big film fanatic? Or just love settling down and watching a classic comedy armed with plentiful tub of popcorn and some irresistible ice-cream? If so, then welcome to the Kendal Calling cinema!

Returning by popular demand our cinema is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the festival where film fans of all ages can enjoy big blockbusters, kid’s favourites and cult classics.

This year’s line-up features firm favourites, so without further a do head over to view the full line-up, originally trailers and film synopsis of our all cast movie mix!

The Theme

This year Kendal Calling is going to throw its most colourful celebration to date! From the samba-shaking streets of Rio – to the stunningly scenic hills of The Lake District – Kendal Calling’s ‘Carnival of Colour’ is going to be an eclectic mix of magnificent parades, feathery frolics and frenetic energy. Click here to read on!

Carnival Of Colour Parade!

MrWSL Promo Image July 2014

Feathers and glitter… or a dubiously 1990s tie-dye shirt? Whatever your take on Kendal Calling’s 2016 theme, a Carnival of Colour, you’re cordially invited to join our Saturday afternoon parade across the festival.

Expect a hustling, bustling jaunt through the fields, in hot pursuit of Mr Wilsons Second Liners, the infectious, critically acclaimed 90s rave-come-New Orleans outfit (with great outfits to boot!). This brassy ensemble will lead the Carnival of Colour parade through the fields from the official carnival meeting point, which is outside the cinema at 2pm.

Come one, come all and bring your friends: don’t miss the opportunity to shake a leg all the way up to the Tim Peaks ten. From giant birds to eerily masked wanderers, a host of colourful characters are set to join you as you shimmy through the fields.

We are also offering families free carnival-themed arts and crafts – from musical instrument making to carnival masks and flashing lanterns plus how to sew tutus, headbands and bracelets – all in Kids Calling!

With performances from TV’s Driftwood Bay musicians, circus skills, RockaHulaHoopa, face painting, carnival percussion, Mr Bounce’s extraordinary inflatables, and a different disco theme every evening.

Saturday 2pm outside the cinema. Be there, and be colourful.

Revealing the JagerHaus line-up!


The JagerHaus makes a return to the fields with an amazing line-up!

Made up of The Lodge, The Backyard, The Warehouse and The Loft, the Jägerhaus will feature recently discovered bands and DJs who are about to make it big!

As well as a line-up of music, the Jägerhaus will also have interactive elements such as the Entrance Tunnel, which greets guests with a sensory experience of mist made up of some of the 56 herbs and spices used to create Jägermeister. Several bars will also be located throughout the Jägerhaus, serving Jägermeister’s perfect serve: the Ice Cold Shot as well as Black Spice (Jägermeister Spice and Cola) and Root56 – Jägermeister’s new, refreshing summer serve, comprised of Jägermeister and ginger beer with a garnish of lime and cucumber!

See you in the fields,

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x

A thank you to all Kendal Callers from our supported charities


We’ve received some lovely messages from some of the charities we’ve all supported over the years. Thanks to everyone (that’s you guys!) for being so generous in helping raise over £100,000 so far!

 This year we have raised over £10,000 for the Cumbria Flood Appeal so lets keep going and see if we can smash last years total!

To read more and view all the charities we support, please click here.


Alder Hey Children’s Charity provides vital funds to make Alder Hey in the Park a truly world-class patient-friendly hospital which sees over 270,000 young patients and their families every year.



We are extremely grateful to Kendal Calling for supporting the charity Guide Dogs. Guide Dogs firmly believe losing your sight shouldn’t mean losing your independence, confidence and freedom too.

The money donated by Kendal Calling will change the lives of people like teenager Liam. Liam lost his sight suddenly at just five years old, and doctors still don’t know why. Since being partnered with guide dog George, Liam says

“Life is good and with George by my side, I’m continuing to become more independent, confident and looking to the future.” – Guide Dogs.



Zoe Casson, community fundraiser for Cumbria and North Lancashire said: “The charity relies solely on donations of this kind to keep us operational and save lives.”  Speaking of Kendal Calling Liz Gorman, donations administrator said “Without people like you, we simply couldn’t continue to operate our helicopters and save lives every single day of the year.”


See you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x


Contact form gremlin!


We appear to have had an email gremlin and many emails sent through the websites contact form have not reached our inbox. If you haven’t received a reply over the last 3 weeks, huge apologies!

We have your messages now and are doing our best to reply to each and everyone one of you in the next 48-72 hours so please bear with us over the next couple of days while we get on top of over 1000 messages!


Once again, apologies to those affected and thanks for bearing with us over the next couple of days.



Important news!


At KCHQ we’re out to make it the best year it’s ever been. Following your feedback we are welcoming some fab new improvements to the festival for 2016.


  • Same capacity
  • Shiny, new vehicle parking passes with directions on the reverse – This is your vehicle ticket
  • Improved communication
  • InthefieldsLIVE twitter handle
  • Emperor’s fields campsites: Late Night Owls, Early Risers & Family Fun
  • New Emperor’s fields information point

Same capacity

For the first time ever we’re not increasing the capacity of the festival and welcoming back the same amount of festival goers to the fields.

New Vehicle Pass

We’ve gone through all your feedback from last year and as always look at making improvements on the previous year. Getting you to the fields smoothly is one of our top priorities and since the festival last year we have been working closely with relevant authorities, improving our traffic management plan and reviewing our communication with you, the Kendal Callers.

We’ve upgraded all our car parking passes to ensure that your arrival to site is easier, quicker and smoother this year. So, all customers who get complimentary parking (Deer Lodge, Emperor’s fields and Accessible customers) AND those who purchase a general car parking or live in vehicle ticket will recieve a super car parking pass which will hang from your rear view mirror. This is your vehicle ticket. 

It will not only get you into the fields faster but it comes equipped with some handy directions in the reverse to guarantee your ride into KC2016 is stress free! – Look out for these in the post siting nicely in with your ticket and make sure to hang them on your rear view mirror on your journey to the fields – easy as pie!

Customers heading to the general admission and Emperor’s fields* car parks will need to follow signs to RED GATE.

Live in vehicle*, accessible*, deer lodge* car parks and pick up / drop off will need to follow signs to GREEN GATE.

*These must be pre-agreed / ordered.

In order to make this work in the best possible way we need your help – If you haven’t already purchased a car parking ticket you can do this HERE, this will allow us to get you and your vehicle in quicker on arrival to the fields and easily distinguish which gate you need to arrive at.

Improved Communication & new weekend specific Twitter group

We will be providing pre-event info to all our festival goers via our website and social media and info email that you will receive in July. Within this there will be everything from what you need to bring, getting to the fields, where to camp, where the key facilities are; such as first aid, welfare, info and water points to where you can buy the toothbrush you forgot! We’ll be encouraging you to follow our ‘inthefieldsLIVE‘ twitter handle so you can have up to the minute news and updates direct from the KC16 event team.

Emperors Fields

We will be splitting the Emperor’s fields campsites into three sections; Late Night Owls, Early Risers and Family Fun. On arrival to Emperor’s fields you will see signposts directing you to these area’s. We need your help (again) on arrival please camp in the most suitable area for you and your friends/family so as everyone will enjoy their time in the Deer Park. With your Emperor’s field ticket you can choose one of these area’s on arrival.

We will also have an information point located in the Emperor’s field campsite which will be open 9am – 9pm to answer any queries and questions you might have.

Virgin Trains


We have once again teamed up with Virgin Trains to offer you all a 25% discount if you book now. Please head to the Virgin Trains page, here, for more info and to book!


We look forward to seeing you in July,


Andy, Ben & the KC Team x


The Jagerhaus is back!


Back for 2016 is our Jagerhaus area! It’s full to the brim of the freshest new bands & DJ’s who are about to make it big, as well as intriguing interactive elements, and brilliant bars serving the finest ice cold Jägermeister you can get in any fields, anywhere!

We’ll be announcing the line-up very soon so keep your eyes peeled on news and social.

Jason Manford to headline our Soapbox Stage!


This year the Soapbox Stage is back with a HUGE line-up bursting at the seams with some of the best loved charming comedians, a belly full of laughs and enough gags to fill a whole weekend with.

Gag Reflex present Comedy at the Soapbox

Our friends at Gag Reflex have booked an amazing line-up of comedy that will see your sides hurting from laughing too much and your laughter lines more prominent. You’ll certainly have enough fun in the Soapbox tent to last you a lifetime.

Headlining the Soapbox stage is one of the nation’s favourite household names Jason Manford!

Other highlights include Justin Moorhouse who is suitably known for ‘charming the pants off crowds’, Rob Rouse with his cheeky banter, the inherent roguish twinkle of Steve Shanyaski and award-winning comedian and writer Sarah Gallaghan.

Check out the full Soapbox Comedy line-up here.

Film fans, our cinema line-up is revealed!


Are you a big film fanatic? Or just love settling down and watching a classic comedy armed with plentiful tub of popcorn and some irresistible ice-cream? If so, then welcome to the Kendal Calling cinema!

Returning by popular demand our cinema is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the festival where film fans of all ages can enjoy big blockbusters, kid’s favourites and cult classics.

This year’s line-up features firm favourites, so without further a do head over to view the full line-up, originally trailers and film synopsis of our all cast movie mix!

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See you in the fields,


Andy, Ben & the KC Team x



Milburn plus more acts have been added to our line-up!

Milburn 2016

With #KC16 fast approaching, we’ve added a few new exciting additions!

Adding to our already jam-packed Main Stage line-up is indie rock band Milburn who have reformed 10 years after releasing their first debut album and The Chadelics who have gained a strong following through-out Cumbria.

New to the Calling Out stage is The Rainband who have already had high praise from both Liam and Noel Gallagher and new Leeds four-piece band Skinny Living. Back for a fourth consecutive year of indie disco mayhem is Baggy Monday’s.

Completing the House Party stage is Hardwicke Circus who are on the track for super-stardom!

Plus, we’ve got Kiko Bun bringing some reggae to the Glow Stage, combining his deep love of Jamaican roots with his crisp young London bass culture and multi-faceted poet, rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Tiggs Da Author.

We’ll see you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & KC Team x

Off Axis Partnership!


In a festival first we’re delighted to announce a pioneering new partnership with Off Axis to showcase the cream of new talent from across the UK at this years Kendal Calling.

Off Axis is a network of independent artists from 67 towns and cities across the country, all working together to bring exceptional live music to new audiences, in a way never before possible.

You can find out more at http://www.whatisoffaxis.com/for-fans/ and see what all the fuss is about at our Woodlands Stage this summer.

Bands involved in the Kendal Calling / Off Axis festival initiative include Ded Rabbit (Edinburgh), Liberty Ship (Sheffield), Kelvin (Glasgow), Where Fires Are (Leeds), Dorey The Wise (Hastings), New York Tourists (Blackburn), Colour (Liverpool) and Signals (Southampton) plus many more!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

WIN an exclusive Noel Gallagher vinyl!


Summer is coming!

To celebrate the glorious British sunshine we’ve managed to get our hands on a copy of ‘The Mexican’, Noel Gallagher’s exclusive release for Record Store Day which was remixed by French born producer The Reflex.

To be in with a chance of winning this vinyl, head over to our Facebook page for all the details!

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds headline Kendal Calling 2016.

Final tickets are on sale! Grab one today.

This year’s theme is announced!


This year Kendal Calling is going to throw its most colourful celebration to date!

From the samba-shaking streets of Rio – to the stunningly scenic hills of the Lake District – Kendal Callings Carnival of Colour, is going to be an eclectic mix of magnificent parades, feathery frolics and frenetic energy!

Basking in the summer sunshine, Lowther Deer Park will become awash with an exuberance of bright colours, cheerfulness, lots of hip-shaking, flamboyant music, vibrant costumes and a whole lot of vivacious vigour.

Every area of the festival will be transformed into an area of merriment and you’ll be able to immerse yourself into all parts of the carnival’s culture – past and present.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your creative hats on – and get designing your own ‘carnival of colour costume’ to help us transform the picturesque Deer Park into one of the biggest carnivals to take place this summer. Think feather, masks and capes!

Over the years seeing the green fields transformed by the different fancy dress costumes has been a huge highlight. This year we want to go for maximum colour, vibrancy and boldness!

Be bold, be bright, be beautiful Red, yellow, neon, violet… show us your colours Kendal Callers!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x


Join us!


Are you interested in earning free tickets and exclusive rewards for Kendal Calling?

Become an official Kendal Calling Ambassador – sell 7 tickets to your friends and connections to earn yourself a free ticket!

The Ambassador team is a way we can say ‘thank you’ to everyone who makes Kendal Calling what it is, you!

Rewards will not stop at the free tickets. Keep an eye on your dashboard as more special experiences and rewards become available!

Next Steps >

1 – Join the Kendal Calling Ambassador Team by signing up on the site here

2 – From the moment you sign up, you’re part of the team & a manager at StreetTeam will call you to explain the next steps.

3 – Sell tickets to your friends and connections to earn free tickets and other special expieriences.

Chai Wallah line-up revealed!


We are thrilled to announce this year’s Chai Wallah line-up featuring Will Varley, Sam Green and The Midnight Heist, four-piece band Hot feet who combine folk-influenced melodies with rootsy blues-rock instrumentation the tropical folk-rock, roll vigour of Time for T, and big folk The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble.

Bringing a horn heavy and funk driven live show to the fields is The Mouse Outfit, The Gene Dudley who represent an outpouring of deep soul and funk music and turntablists in their own right dynamic DJ duo The Allergies whose musical influences encompass funk, soul, disco and hip-hop plus high-octane afro-rock-fun Agbeko.

Rousing the ramble and taking the UK world/roots music scene apart with their full-on musical attack is Shanty whose modern twist on classic roots reggae is deemed as some of the ‘Best of British Reggae’ by David Rodigan and 8 piece reggae group General Skank.

Plus adding to the incredible lineup is diminutive Glasweigan powerhouse MC Soom T, seven-piece band Solko, singer-songwriter Leron Thomas, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Lack of Afro (a.k.a Adam Gibbons), drum and bass soul diva Jenna G, rising star Jalen N’Gonda, fearsome drummer and MC Horseman & The Upper Cut Band, ska band Gringo Ska, rowdy seven-piece and Gin Bowlers, Bristol’s best dance act Dr Meaker’s, new band Daytoner, instrumental geniuses Chainska Brassika and hip hop artist Akua Naru.

Renowned for their incredible sound system and legendary party vibes Chai Wallahs also provides an array of hot booze brews, cocktails, Smoothies & Juices, PIzza’s and pasta’s and the traditional breakfast.  Its a great place to kick back, refill, refresh and kick off again.

Previous artists have included the likes of Rag N Boneman, Will & The People, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Dreadzone, The Mouse Outfit, Reeps One, Hidden Orchestra, The John Langan Band, Craig Charles, Mr Scruff, Little Dragon, Zion Train, Ghostpoet, Prince Fatty, Broken Brass Ensemble, Wrongtom, The Apples, Jungle By Night, MX Xander, Kate Tempest & Jamie Woon

This years line up has been programmed to offer not stop goodness and sooth you through the earlier part of the day with a selection of folk and alternative music and then…. continually build your festival spirit throughout the day with different upbeat, feel good party vibes.

Join us in rousing the rabble in the Chai Wallah stage with musical influences from roots music, hip-hop, ska, folk and reggae from all around the world!

We’ll see you in the fields! x

Real Ale Festival Line-up!


Introducing the real ale festival line-up for our 11th instalment in the fields!

Taking place in both the Real Ale Festival tent on site next to Chai Wallah along with the Woodlands Real Ale tent , this is truly a festival within a festival. With the Lake District famous for its pubs, incredible ales and amazing atmosphere it’s only right that connoisseurs and the uninitiated alike are all invited to come and have a taste of some of the finest beverages from some of the best local breweries including Tirril Brewery, Lancaster Brewery, Ennerdale Brewery, The Borough, Stringers Beer, The Ulverston Brewing Co, Old School Brewery, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Cumbrian Legendary & Cumberland Brewery, Hardknott Brewery and Caledonian Brewery.

We will also have gluten free options courtesy Stringers Brewery and The Borough!

With each beer carefully handpicked by our very own team of ale experts, including the signature ‘Kend’ale’ and ‘Oh Deer!’, visitors are really in for a treat!

To see the ale line-up in full head over to the Real Ale Festival page here

See you in the ale tent!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Peter Doherty, Ghostpoet & more added to the line-up!



Our Calling Out stage is one of the most electrifying stages at Kendal Calling, and this year we’ve got three huge headliners who will be bringing their individual styles to this intimate stage.

Headlining Friday night will be Indie pop band Blossoms who are making huge waves across the UK music scene with their classis British song writing style, plus just announced is Saturday headliner Libertines and Babyshambles main man Peter Doherty and Sunday night headliner the Multiple-Mercury nominated vocalist and musician Ghostpoet.

Supporting the lineup are Pale Waves who will bringing their sun-kissed tropical riffs to the fields, The Slow Readers Club who specialise in dark and brooding indie electro, guitar-based band Model Aeroplanes, Louisa Osborn – aka Actor with her atmospheric alt-pop, punk-edged indie band Fizzy blood, blue rockers Hidden Charms, brand new five-piece band The Bulletproof Bomb and The Slow Readers Club.



Bringing some serious sass to the Main stage on Thursday evening is Manchester’s all-female four-piece rock band the PINS, fresh-faced 16 year old Declan McKenna who in the space of half a year has gone from an unknown to one of the most sought-after new acts, plus‘prize’ winning poet JB Barrington will be bringing his rapier wit and unique style to the fields with his live performances creating a fresh buzz for the spoken word among fans of poetry – old and new.

Joining an already stacked lineup on the Main Stage are indie-band The Sherlocks, The Jacques, local favourites The Lancashire Hotpots, and stunning singer JJ Rosa.


Plus The Woodlands Stage lineup is bolstered by the addition of Molly Warburton, Young Jack, Foreign Fox and Casanova.

Tickets are selling out fast and with us not increasing capacity this year you best grab one of the final tickets today and we’ll see you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x

Record Store Day


This Saturday marks the annual Record Store Day, a day designed to celebrate the culture of independent record stores and the music it provides.

Bringing a smile to any analog music fanatic, a number of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, and are only distributed to stores that take place.

Huge crowds will adorn the Record Stores that are taking place, where music lovers alike celebrate the joyous ritual of purchasing physical copies of music.

We’ve had a number amazing artists over the past ten years play at Kendal Calling who have released incredible live tracks, mixes and more for Record Store Day.

This year our Thursday night headliner The Charlatans 12′ track ‘Trouble Understanding’ (remixed by Norman Cook) is an exclusive Record Store day release (over all participating shops including Piccadilly Records).

Teaming up with Piccadilly Records we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win 2 x weekend tickets PLUS Thursday tickets to see The Charlatans headline our Main Stage. Head to Piccadilly Records on Saturday, pick up the record, and you’ll find a Kendal Calling competition slip inside to fill out!

Winner will be announced at 6pm on Monday 18th April.


With a string of acclaimed singles and EP’s, Our Calling Out headliners Blossoms will also be releasing an exclusive record for Record Day – a 7” vinyl pressing of the track You Pulled A Gun On Me‘, which contains the band’s original version, while the flip features a live version of Electronic’s late – ‘80s classic ‘Getting Away With It’, recorded live at their sold-out October 2015 show at Manchester’s The Ritz.

We will also be putting allocations of tickets available directly from the Record Store. Tickets in Manchester and Leeds outlets will be available this weekend and all other outlets by Wednesday 20th!


Piccadilly Records > 53 Oldham Street, M1 1JR

Vinyl Exchange > 18 Oldham Street, M1 1JN


Crash Records > 35 The Headrow, LS1 6PU

Jumbo Records > 5/6 St Johns Centre, LS2 8LQ


3B Records > 5 Slater Street, L1 4BW


Action Records > 46 Church Street


Brewery Arts Centre > 122A Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE


Reflex > 23 Nun St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5AG

Tim Peaks add Tom Smith & Robin Dewhurst


The Tim Peaks gang have been very busy this week adding some extra special additions to their line-up.

First up, joining the incredible line-up will be Tom Smith, a very talented 11-year old guitarist who can count David Bowie’s wife Iman and Bondy from Catfish and the Bottlemen as his fans!

Tom, from Sunderland has hypoplastic left heart syndrome (often called half a heart to simplify it), tweeted Tim Peaks supremo Tim Burgess and asked if he could play at Kendal Calling and Tim said yes, so Tom made this:

Also, joining the incredible line-up is Robin Dewhurst who will be playing a special set in the Diner (he’s better know as Josh, from Blossoms, cool Dad), and has played keys on their wonderful BBC Radio 1 cover of ABBA ‘Winner Takes It All’.

It’s going to be a great three days in the Tim Peaks Diner, see you in the fields! x

Discover Riot Jazz!


Riot Jazz – so aptly named are a 15-strong brass-heavy jazz combo who are the artists in residence at Kendal Calling’s Riot Jazz tent, bringing the stage to live with a twisted mix of funk, soul, hip-hop and aggressive jazz.

Headlining the festival for seven years, Riot Jazz have set the precedence for all bands that perform on the Riot Jazz stage. Fronted by the prodigious MC Chunky, these jazz connoisseurs have travelled the globe far and wide, from dance floors, to festival fields to unique locations, Riot Jazz will have you dancing to the brass beat before you even know that your feet are tapping!


Wanting some escapism from the norm, the Riot Jazz area brings an area of true delirious daydreaming, with a programme full to the brim of hidden musical gems willing and eager to be discovered, plus their will be plenty of eye catching décor designs and a host of of energetic entertainment and astounding amusements.

Stepping into the Riot Jazz area is a true trip into a land of vigour, where you are guaranteed to experience and hear something new and quirky every time!


Ones to watch on this year’s stage are:

Gideon Conn who can effortlessly blend folk, hip-hop and soul all into a unique performance with charismatic energy. A true troubadour Gideon’s unique vocal is one not to be missed!

Landing on Planet in Earth in 2015, Henge have been packing out their fun filled gigs with their electronic sounds. Taking you to other cosmic world, you’ll be sure to enjoy their music with a carefree abandonment.

Buffalo Brothers will be bringing their energetic explosive live sets to the Riot Jazz stage stamping out tunes from their debut album ‘Fresh From The Horn’, bringing a stampede of funk.

Looking to dance into the early hours – The Age of Glass and their electronic dance dub will certainly guarantee this!

Also performing are Thingumabob & The Thingumajigs, Dave Rybka, The Templebys, Shunya, The Soul Rays, The Galivantes, Too Much Love, Omit Sleep, The Bear Around Your Neck, Publik Sektor, Mammal Hands, Jeramiah Sling, Holy Moly & The Crackers, Agbeko, Soul Circle, Sisika, Birwin & Vienna plus there are still many more acts to be announced!

*Disclaimer: Once you’ve visited the Riot jazz once you will never want to leave!

Join us in the Riot Jazz tent this summer! Grab a ticket today.

See you in the fields,

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x


House Party Announce!


There’s nothing better than a House Party!

Apart from a House Party with performances from Riding The Low, Cupids, Everly Pregnant Brothers, Hot Vestry, Howling Rhythm, PLUS DJ sets from Clint Boon, Dave Haslam, Blossoms and many more!

Full lineup can be found here! 

Join us for a 3 day house party complete with loud music, furniture to jump on, a room full of friends and the bonus of no neighbours to annoy.

Grab a ticket today and come and join the party!

New line-up additions!

We’ve entered March, with a spring in our step and some more exciting news as we’ve got some new artist additions !

Grab yourself a ‘milkshake’ (see what we did there!) as we’ve got US superstar Kelis gracing the fields with her plethora of hits, the return to the fields of Geordie rockers Maximo Park, who’ll will have you rocking out to huge hits such ‘Apply Some Pressure and Velocity, plus the legendary folk-rock-pop troubadour Donovan will be our Woodlands Special Guest.

That’s not all though – we’ll have James Walsh performing in our legendary House Party, plus Our Calling Out stage will see Zibra, Eagulls, The Amazons and many more belting out their tunes across the whole weekend.

Check out the lineup up so far here – and we’ll look forward to seeing you in the fields this summer – preferably with a cold beer in our hands!

Tickets are selling out fast!


We’re overwhelmed by the response to our line up release!

A BIG THANK you to everyone who’s purchased a ticket so far for #KC16. We are now 75% sold out and it looks like this year will be a super fast sell out!

We’ve got some amazing artists still to announce on the Main Stage, plus huge headliners and legendary DJs that will be taking to the stages and raising the roof in our Glow Tent and Chai Wallah areas which we’ll be revealing next week… so keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels to make sure you don’t miss out on any of our exciting news!

Grab a ticket today and we’ll look forward to #seeingyouinthefields!

Support Viola Beach for #1


We are deeply saddened about the news of the tragic deaths of Viola Beach and their manager who we were welcoming to the fields this year. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this time.

The friends of the band have set up a campaign to get the single ‘Swings and Waterslides’ to number 1, you can support them by downloading the track from either of the links below.

Please head over to the Facebook page, set up by friends of the band here to find out more.

iTunes download here

Google Play download here

Love from the KC Team x

Lost Eden is back for 2016!


We are delighted to announce that Lost Eden will be back this year after a huge success in 2015!

We’ll be looking for mixed media installation art that explores the theme of ‘nature versus human intervention’.

If you want to produce new artwork for Lost Eden in 2016, apply for a commission grant here 

Our application deadline is the 25th March 2016.