• "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

  • "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

  • "One of the UK’s most picturesque festivals..."  - The Guardian

  • "Small, perfectly formed and serving up a wealth of old-fashioned hospitality"  - The Telegraph

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

  • "Beautifully brilliant... one to remember"  - Manchester Evening News

  • 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

The unbridled, youthful joy of a Catfish and the Bottlemen live show will drift on the breeze over the summer of 2018 as the incendiary four-piece announce a series of open air concerts. Contributing a sense of unapologetic ambition to British guitar music and preparing fans for a raft of new material to follow their 2016, gold-status album, The Ride, the band is led out of the studio and onto yet bigger stages by venerated frontman and songwriter, Van McCann, with Johnny Bond (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass) and Bob Hall (drums). 

Admitting to being happily of ‘no fixed abode’ due to near constant touring and recording since 2014, when now platinum-certified debut album The Balcony surfaced, Catfish and The Bottlemen’s eagerly anticipated UK live announcements comes following an uncharacteristic nine month hiatus since their last shows. This last 18 months has seen the band claim their place as a bona fide arena band at home, adding sold out dates at Wembley Arena to their impressive list of conquered stages, and also finding the time to fully establish themselves as live favourites in both North and South America, Japan and Australia. 

From within any audience from Manchester to Melbourne, critics and peers have been engulfed by the swell of eager sentiment propelled by a vociferous fan base. Renowned for posing every day, easily identifiable observations through his lyrics, the band possess a magnetic and dynamic focal point in McCann. Actions shout louder than words and, in aiming to eclipse any guitar band predecessors in stage persona and delivery, Catfish and the Bottlemen’s early plans for 2018 should speak volumes. 

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