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

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

If the current incarnation of ”rockstar” is that of an arrogant, slightly detached reality singer, apolitical in the extreme, beige, spoiled by the industry and surrounded by yes men, then Mez and his gang are here to put the boot in.

As the frontman of punk band LIFE, Mez jumps and dances around the stage with a death glare like Jarvis Cocker making love to Frank Sidebottom and the Sultans of Ping. He tackles themes from Trump to Brexit, mass consumption, police violence and austerity – the bleakness of it all laid bare in songs which punch with clarity and fizz.

The “no-holds-barred” style makes sense when you consider that LIFE are unsigned and through necessity are completely DIY. They answer only to themselves. If they want to talk about politics openly, it will happen, no double-checks or authorisations needed, and that hasn’t stopped them from having their songs repeatedly played on Radio 1, and scoring playlist adds on BBC 6 Music from their debut album Popular Music. In May 2017 BBC Introducing asked the band to be one of four special returning acts at Radio 1’s Big Weekend. LIFE, of course, were the only unsigned act amongst the major players.

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