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

  • "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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

On a Sunday afternoon—market day—on holiday with her family, Emily Burns gave her first public performance. Taking a box from one of the stalls, she propped herself up onto it, standing ever so slightly taller than the tables of fruit and vegetables. She gave the market-goers a rendition of Macy Gray’s ‘I Try’. Within the first line, Burns had the crowd’s full attention. From this very first performance over fifteen years ago, Burns not only demonstrated her urgent and instinctive need to communicate through music, but her inborn ability to captivate a crowd, too.

Born in Scotland and raised in Rugby, from very early on, Burns’ musical DNA was formed with what she calls “great songwriter music” but what others might refer to as “dad music.” Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Eric Clapton, Elton John—were routinely played around the house. But Burns’ eye was very quickly turned towards the singer who had managed to harness the rock and roll authenticity of her parents’ CD collection, with the spectacle of pop performance—P!NK. With these as her influences, Burns very quickly developed her own musical perspective and mission statement—songs which had to be honest, accessible, and have the potential to connect to absolutely anyone.

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