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

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

  • "Kendal Calling is loved as much for its breathtaking setting in rolling green fields as for its top-notch lineup"  - Sunday Times

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

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

  • "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

The best bands in the world have both an intrinsic bond that binds them together, and a natural flair that instantly wins over hearts and minds. That’s exactly what you have in RATS – an unlikely supergroup with each of the band members hailing from successful bands across the North. A blast of direct and anthemic indie that’s as infectious as it is heartfelt, the sound of RATS has already seen them burst out of their native hometown Liverpool, with their sizeable ambition lining up the rest of the world in their sights. 

The full breadth and power of RATS becomes even more evident when on stage, where they’ve been hailed by fans and critics alike for sounding record-perfect in the live arena, but with a spine-tingling and raw delivery. 

“We push ourselves at being a live act,” states drummer Harry Maitland. “It’s much more volatile on stage, and we put as much energy as we can into it. People have told us when they see it that they just get lost in what we do.”

With their debut material scheduled for release in early 2018 it’s clear that RATS don’t do things by halves, and now they’re well and truly in it for the long-game. 

“There’s no point in going out there and just being OK or being part of a pack. If you’re going to go for it, you need to be top of the bill – you need to be the biggest name on the poster. That’s what we’re pushing for. We love it, we’ll play for anyone at any time.”