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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

Update on COVID-19


14th March 2020


Dear Kendal Calling family,

We wish to keep you updated and in the loop on the planning of this year’s festival.

Firstly, a huge thank you to the many of you who have booked to join us in the fields this summer. Your support has helped us grow over these past fifteen years and we are very honoured to reach such a milestone and look forward to welcoming you to many more fun filled weekends.

We will be following instructions from the Government and relevant authorities and are monitoring the developing situation closely. With the festivities scheduled to begin over 4 months from now we are very much still planning on celebrating our 15th birthday party together with you and are working hard behind the scenes with that in mind.

For your peace of mind, should the situation change and we are forced to postpone the festival, tickets will be valid for 2021 at the 2020 price at which you purchased your ticket for or, alternatively, receive a refund.

In the meantime, please follow official guidance, stay safe, keep washing those hands and look after each other whilst we keep our heads down to bring you Kendal Calling’s 15th birthday celebrations.

For any queries, please contact hello@kendalcalling.com

See you in the fields,

Andy, Ben and the KC team x


The KC20 TV Guide


We’ve put together a handy TV guide of all the upcoming live streams, virtual gigs, TV shows and much more from the KC20 lineup! Find out when your favourite artist is going live below. This guide is updated daily.


Kendal Polling! What’s the best Foals album?


Six outstanding albums, but you can only pick one! What’s the best Foals album of all time?

Vote for your favourite Foals album below and whichever album wins, we’ll host an album playalong so we can all listen to the album together!

Coming Soon
What's the best Foals album?

Kendal Polling! What’s the best Stereophonics album?


Help us settle a KC team debate… What’s the best Stereophonics album of all time?

Vote for your favourite Stereophonics album below and whichever album wins, we’ll host a playalong where we can all listen to the album together whilst maintaining social distancing!

Coming Soon
What's the best Stereophonics album?

Kendal Polling! What’s your favourite Kendal Calling headline set?


We’ve had the honour of welcoming some incredible artists to the fields over the last 15 years, from the likes of British Sea Power in our first year, right through to Courteeners last year.

So we’ve picked one headliner from each year of the festival want to know what’s your favourite headline set? Vote below.

Coming Soon
What's your favourite Kendal Calling headline set?

Kendal Polling! Which artist would you quarantine with?


Now that more of us are staying inside and socially distancing from our friends and loved ones, let’s have some fun and imagine we could quarantine with a Kendal Calling artist!

Pick the artist you would play video games, binge-watch TV and eat all the snacks with for the next few weeks and we’ll announce a winner next week.

Coming Soon
Which Kendal Calling artist would you quarantine with?

The Kendale Trail launches across the North West

We are thrilled to reveal our ‘Kendale Trail’, an interactive route through the North West’s greatest boozers, giving you the chance to win the ultimate music and ale fan experience at the festival, including four weekend tickets, a £200 bar tab and a bar at the festival named after yourself!

To celebrate fifteen years of Kendal Calling, we have teamed up with Lancaster Brewery to launch the our very own ale trail, with over 25 pubs now serving the festival’s own delicious ‘Kendale’ IPA, with 10p of every pint sold donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Ranging from The Old Post Office Ale House in Castleton all the way up to Kendal staple The New Union, or across to the Royal Oak in Wigan, it’s a pub-lovers dream.

Not only a great way to spend a weekend, the Kendale Trail gives customers who buy six pints of Kendale the chance to win the ultimate music and ale fan experience at Kendal Calling. All Kendale Trailers have to do is pick up a limited edition Kendale beer mat from one of the Kendale pubs, collect six Kendal stamps from selected pubs and send a photo of your fully stamped beer mat to Kendal Calling Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or via email at hello@kendalcalling.com by 30th June 2020.

Find your nearest pub and how to enter here.

New Kendal Calling 2020 additions revealed!

We’ve levelled up Kendal Calling 2020 with loads of new artists, comedians, stage takeovers and festival areas!

We’re thrilled to welcome synth-pop icons Goldfrapp to the fields for the first time and back by popular demand we have The Slow Readers Club with another of their blistering sets! Whilst Soapbox returns with a side-splitting lineup featuring panel show titan Marcus Brigstocke, one-liner maestro Gary Delaney, breakthrough favourite Tez Ilyas and loads more.

But that’s not all, we’ve added more live music from the likes of eccentric indie outfit ​Feet, Scottish indie blazers ​Retro Video Club, Stanleys, Marie White and Lindsay Munroe​, plus huge stage takeovers from Xtra Mile Recordings and the beloved Frank Turner, Earache Records, BBC Music Introducing In Cumbria, Off Axis and Brighter Sound with their Both Sides Now takeover.

And it gets even better… we are celebrating our fifteenth year in the fields by unveiling a brand new immersive funfair destination ‘Carneville’ as part of this year’s theme Kendal Calling Goes To The Arcade! Expect three stages (two brand new for 2020), traditional funfair games and rides alongside a cast of quirky characters and more across the new late-night area.

Don’t think we’ve finished, we still have plenty more to share with you in the coming weeks, but for now head to the line-up page to explore the second wave of acts and pick up your tickets here.

See you in the fields!
Andy, Ben & the KC team x


Apply to play Kendal Calling 2020

Want to perform at Kendal Calling this year? 

CLICK HERE and fill out the form by our deadline of Friday 10th April 2020.

Your music will then be listened to by one of a crack team of music obsessives and festival nerds, before they feed their favourites back to the festival. We’ve kept a few slots back, and we can’t wait to welcome you to the fields!

If you previously applied to play at 2020’s festival through Gigmit, your application is safe and will go through the same process as above. 

Apply now

Kendal Calling 2020 revealed!


We’re thrilled to unveil Kendal Calling 2020, our fifteenth year in the fields and our biggest line-up yet. Power up for a huge weekend as Kendal Calling Goes to the Arcade, welcoming old friends new to the Deer Park for a weekend like no other.

So, buckle in…

This year’s Kendal Calling is headed up by Main Stage dons Foals, Stereophonics and Supergrass, with Primal Scream and Dizzee Rascal joining us on Thursday for our opening night (don’t forget this requires an add-on ticket). Alongside festival favourites like Blossoms, Craig David’s TS5 and The Kooks, we welcome comedy legend Bill Bailey as a very special guest, bringing a comedy headliner to the Main Stage for the first time. Much requested newcomers like DMA’S and You Me At Six sit alongside legends like Johnny Marr, 808 State, Shaggy and Andy C, and that’s not to mention a jaw-dropping line-up of new and emerging indie faves like Pale Waves, Easy Life and Jade Bird.

Our Kendal Calling Goes To The Arcade theme sees us jumping into the world of games on-stage and off – get ready for DJ Yoda’s cutting-edge History of Games DJ set alongside themed fun across the site including climbing walls, human-sized table football and the incredible Actual Reality Arcade.

There are still five new stages to reveal in the coming weeks, plus new additions including the Feasting Hall, Drive-In Cinema and the long overdue return of Lost Eden!

Head to the Line-Up page to explore the full first announce, and keep your eyes peeled for even more amazing news coming soon!


Christmas Release is here!

Give the gift of Kendal Calling this festive season with our special Christmas Release, on sale now! Book your 2020 tickets outright or simply split the cross across our new 7 month payment plan.
And as it’s the season of giving, book before the 18th December and you’ll receive a special KC Christmas Card to leave under the tree.
See you in the fields in 2020!
Andy, Ben and the KC team x

Watch The Pigeon Detectives from Kendal Calling 2019

Watch the phenomenal full set from The Pigeon Detectives at Kendal Calling 2019, jam packed with their sing-a-long festival-worthy anthems livening up Friday afternoon in the fields.


Join us back in the fields in 2020! Secure your weekend ticket now from just £15 deposit, then pay the rest across our new 8 month payment plan.

Book your 2020 tickets here

See you in the fields!

Andy, Ben and the KC team x


Kendal Calling 2020 coaches on sale now

Weekend return coach travel to take you to the fields with ease are on sale now for 2020 with our travel partner Tuned In Travel HERE.

Please see below for locations and pick-up addresses which are weekend return coaches only, departing either Thursday 30th July or Friday 31st July and returning Monday 3rd August.

Pick Up Pick Up Address Postcode
Barrow Railway Station on Holker Street, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5QZ
Blackburn Preston Old Road, Outside the Beehive Inn BB2 5LP
Blackpool On the A5073 outside Blackpool South Railway Station,  FY4 2AB
Bolton 1 Thynne St, Bolton (Outside Machine Mart) BL3 6BD
Bradford Bradford Interchange Bus Station, Bridge Street,  BD1 1TU
Carlisle Warwick Road, Outside the Halston Hotel, CA1 1AB
Chester Coach Stop, Vicars Lane, Opposite Visitors Centre CH1 1QU
Dumfries Outside Dumfries Station, Station Rd, Dumfries  DG1 1LT
Edinburgh Outside the Travelodge, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BG
Glasgow Bus stop OUTSIDE Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow G2 3GF
Kendal Outside The Shakespeare, Highgate, Kendal  LA9 4HE
Keswick Penrith Road Bus Stop, Near the War Memorial CA12 4HF
Lancaster Station Road, Lancaster, LA1
Leeds Opposite KPMG Building, 2 Sovereign Street, LS1 4BJ
Liverpool Coach Bay, William Brown Street, outside Central Library,  L3 8EW
Manchester Layby opposite Yates, Chorlton Street, Manchester City Centre M1 3JF
Morecambe Central Drive Bus Stop, LA4  (Opposite Frankie & Bennys) LA4
Newcastle Outside Newcastle Chinese Christian Church, Bewick Street, Newcastle City Centre, NE1 5HX
Preston Butler Street, Preston (Outside the Railway Station) PR1 8HJ
Sunderland Outside Life of Riley, Green Terrace, Sunderland City Center, SR1 3PZ
Ulverston Ulverston Train Station LA12 0DP
Warrington Near The Kings Head, Winwick Street WA2 7TU
Whitehaven Homewood Rd, Whitehaven CA28 8JG (Outside West Cumberland Hospital) CA28 8JG
Workington Workington Train Station CA14 2XE

We look forward to welcoming you to the fields July 2020!

See you in the fields,

Andy, Ben and the KC team x

15 Years of Kendal Calling microsite is live

Our 15 years of Kendal Calling microsite is now live! Join us for a trip down memory lane as we dig out some of our favourite memories from the past 14 instalments of your favourite weekend of the year, and get excited for our biggest party yet in 2020!

Want to add your photos, videos or memories to our 15 years of Kendal Calling microsite? Drop us an email on 15years@kendalcalling.com with the year in the subject line and we’ll be picking our favourite to win 2020 tickets.

We can’t wait to see them all!

See you in the fields in 2020.

Andy, Ben and the KC Team x

Share your memories of Kendal Calling

To celebrate 15 special years in the fields, we would love to see your best photos and videos and hear your best stories from Kendal Calling 2019 all the way back to our very first festival in 2006.

Over the next 4 months we’ll be selecting our faves to celebrate what makes Kendal Calling so special – YOU! We’ll also be showing some of the best sets from the past 14 years too, so keep your eyes peeled.

Send us your best footage, photos and stories from Kendal Calling to 15years@kendalcalling.com

Don’t miss out on Kendal Calling 2020! Secure your weekend ticket now from just £15 deposit HERE

See you in the fields in 2020! 

Andy, Ben and the KC team x

Share your Kendal Calling 2019 feedback and your 2020 suggestions

Plans for Kendal Calling 2020 are already underway, and we’re always looking to improve the experience for everyone involved; from behind the scenes to those enjoying the best weekend of the year in the fields. Year on year we collect feedback direct from you to help share the future of your festival.

Share your feedback from Kendal Calling 2019 in our survey HERE
Got suggestions for Kendal Calling 2020? Send them our way HERE

Kendal Calling returns 30 July – 2 August. Weekend tickets on sale now from £15 deposit HERE

See you in the fields in 2020!

Andy, Ben and the KC team x

Kendal Calling goes Jurassic: Fancy Dress Guide

If you’ve joined us in the fields before, you’ll know that every year Kendal Calling takes on a weird and wonderful theme, and each bringing with it a fancy-dress extravaganza and parade that never fails to impress!

Over the years the festival has been transformed into many alternate worlds — from the ‘Carnival of Colour’ in 2016, and ‘Into the Wild’ in 2017 where we all unleashed our inner beast, followed by last year’s ‘Into The Future’ theme which saw the park and its inhabitants hurtle headfirst through space and time to discover infinite versions of the unknown. This year, we’ve swapped our deer for dinosaurs as Kendal Calling goes Jurassic for a weekend packed with prehistoric fun, and with it comes the opportunity to dig out your best costume and get ready for a roar-some weekend in the fields.

But if you’re struggling to velocirap-your head around what to wear, we’ve put together some ideas for how you can dress for the prehistoric party and our infamous parade across the fields of the Jurassic Dinosaur Park! Check out the Kendal Calling Guide to JurasSICK Fancy Dress for plenty of tips and tricks ahead of the big weekend!

Go BIG or go home

When it comes to fancy dress, here at KC HQ, we reckon that effort matters. Whether you’ve gone all-out with an inflatable t-rex number, or stopped brushing your hair to achieve the perfect caveman ‘do, the devil is in the detail so don’t be a dino-snore; com-et (ouch) to the theme and leave those inhibitions at home!

Why not check out some of these hassle-free costumes you can pick up on the high street or online now HERE

Film inspiration: Jurassic Park, The Flintstones, Ice Age, Early Man, The Croods, The Land Before Time


You don’t have to spend a fortune

We know not everyone has a giganotosaurus budget, so if like us you’d rather spend that hard-earned cash on a pint of Cumbria’s finest ale at our Real Ale Tent, than on a quirky costume then here’s a few DIY ideas that you can do with your little explorers that’ll have you and the family looking pter-rific without breaking the bank! Prepare to get crafty…

Be thrifty; your recycling bin is your new best friend when it comes to building a dino costume on a budget. Check out these funky cardboard T-rex heads for a fun and wallet-friendly way to level up your fancy dress game!



Have a pre-KC crafting party and breathe some new life into an old t-shirt – it’s a costume even the miniest of Kendal Callers can create!


Get creative, think outside the box!

Don’t forget, the theme is Kendal Calling Goes Jurassic, so you don’t just have to be a dinosaur (though we do love a good dino outfit)! Why not flash back to the age of the caveman and take inspiration from The Flintstones below? Or scour the site for fossils as a Palaeontologist or Explorer? Don’t forget to join us for a stomp across the fields in your best jurassic clobber in our Prehistoric Parade at 2PM on Saturday afternoon!


We look forward to seeing all your costumes!

See you in the Jurassic fields!

Andy, Ben and the KC Team x

Full Woodlands stage line-up announced

Wander in to the woods this July and you’ll be sure to find our little haven of music, full to the brim with some of the most exciting bands curated by us and our friends at Off Axis and Pirate Studios.

We’re thrilled to reveal the full line-up for our Woodlands stage, playing host to the likes of Welsh comedic rap group Goldie Lookin’ Chain, remix project and party dedicated to the legendary Fleetwood Mac, Fleetmac Wood, high energy Brazilian reinterpretation of The Rolling Stones, The Samba Stones, plus so many more!

Discover the sounds of the full line-up for the Woodlands Stage in our Spotify playlist below.


See you in the fields!

Andy, Ben and the KC Team x

The Frontier: a new area for live-in vehicles

Introducing The Frontier, a brand new quieter home for more live-in vehicles at Kendal Calling 2019.

We know just how popular our live-in vehicle field is and how much you all enjoy some home comforts whilst being in the fields, so we’ve been bustling away behind the scenes to unveil a new addition to the festival in the glorious fields in front of Lowther Castle. Join us at The Frontier and enjoy a more serene and secluded experience with stunning views to match!

Expanding to new fields is fun but not always straightforward and this has been no exception, with many and varied elements to consider such as traffic management, crop rotation and infrastructure which has taken longer than expected.

We are satisfied and very excited by the current location (Andy was up last week with his bright orange camper testing it out for the night) however we need to be clear that the location is further away than all other campsites. It took our motley crew of 20-55 year olds 10 minutes to walk from The Frontier to the entrance of the original Live-in Vehicles field, which is itself 10-15 minutes walk from the arena, ground conditions dependant. To assist we will be laying on a brand new land train to shorten the route, dropping people off at the entrance to the original Live-in Vehicle field, alternatively it is a very scenic walk!

As with our current live-in vehicle field, you can pitch your awnings and tents within your designated 7x5m pitch space and make yourself at home for the weekend.

Tickets for The Frontier will be on sale Friday 3rd May at 12PM. These have sold out in our waiting list presale are extremely limited so will likely sell out over the next few days.

See you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Win A Band Kit

We’re giving away 4 band kits, each worth over £1000!

Schools, colleges, community groups and charities are invites to enter our competition to support music in Cumbria. You might have a future Kendal Calling headliner in your midst – they just need the tools!

The kits include drums, guitars, amps and a PA, and a whole host of accessories to get you started.

Voting opens Monday 6th May and closes Friday 7th June.

Find out how to enter HERE

Good luck!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Revealing Kids Calling for Kendal Calling 2019

We’re excited to reveal an abundance of family-friendly entertainment for those mini Kendal Callers, incorporating our theme; Kendal Calling goes Jurassic!

Little ones can crawl, hop or fly to the Kids Calling area anytime throughout the weekend for arts & crafts, theatre performances and workshops galore! Get creative with the Re-Psych Project and create Ice Age costumes and pasta-saurus pictures in their hands-on sessions, get tots dancing at the daily discos and ancient movement and fire workshops, or if you’re feeling more energetic join in with the Triceratoss hoopla, Dino egg and spoon races and more.

Plus, don’t miss the DINO VILLAGE on Saturday afternoon – get involved in Jurassic-inspired games, face painting, art and crafts, competitions and general silliness, with our host of friendly activity leaders.

View the Kids Calling line-up HERE

A Jurassic weekend packed full of entertainment suitable for all the family, where all ages, generations and families come together for an unmissable weekend!

Secure your weekend tickets now HERE

Kendal Calling 2019 day splits are here

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for…our Kendal Calling 2019 day splits are here!

Take a peak at who will be playing each day and stage to begin your festival prep ahead of July.

See you in the fields!

Andy, Ben and the KC Team x

Extinction Rebellion join the Kendal Calling lineup

Let’s stop another extinction!

We’re excited to be bringing Extinction Rebellion to Kendal Calling 2019, curating a creative space that tackles the issue of climate breakdown empowering festival-goers to take action through activism, along with being entertained. Extinction Rebellion’s space at Kendal Calling 2019 will feature a program of talks, films and workshops, alongside screen printing and yoga sessions throughout the weekend.

Using peaceful civil disobedience, they believe it’s a citizen’s duty to rebel, addressing the ecological crisis of climate change and the 6th mass species extinction. With the mass extinction and colossal wipe-out of the dinosaurs thousands of years ago and the warnings of global warming effecting ecosystems on our planet right now, it’s time to step up and do our bit!

Extinction Rebellion’s topline demands are:

  • The Government must admit the truth about the ecological emergency, reverse all policies inconsistent with addressing climate change, and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens
  • The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels
  • A national Citizen’s Assembly must be created, to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.

We look forward to welcoming them to the fields this year!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Unveiling new music, comedy and 2019’s theme

We’re thrilled to reveal new music additions, our side-splitting comedy line-up for Soapbox and our dino-mite theme for 2019, as Kendal Calling Goes Jurassic!

A true phenomenon in British rock, Don Broco have risen to the tricera-tops of their game, set to bring their raw rock sound to Lowther Deer Park. Reverend & The Makers also join us in the fields this year, transporting revellers back to the glory days of mid-noughties indie disco alongside Leeds’ outfit The Pigeon Detectives, who will be gracing our Main Stage with raptor-ous renditions of classic hits. And of course, no Kendal Calling would be complete without The Lancashire Hotpots to blast away the hangovers!

Plus Tim Burgess, Twisted Wheel, Low Island and many more announced for all stages across the weekend.

And that’s not all! Get ready for a belly full of laughs on Soapbox as the inimitable Josh Widdicombe will headline alongside American comedian and honeyed-toned philosophiser Reginald D Hunter and award-winning Liverpool comedian Paul Smith. Fellow funny-men and Northern souls Justin Moorhouse – a self described undercover vegan and dog walker who cut his teeth in Phoenix Nights – plus Lancashire’s own Dan Nightingale and born and bred Sunderlandian Mat Reed also join the bill, plus many more!

Journey to the Jurassic Deer Park this July as the deer evolve into dinosaurs! Join us on our discoveries or add to our dinosaur population and stomp across the fields in our fancy dress parade. Across the weekend, expect a unique rendition of Brassic Park by the Flat Cap Brass Band, head into Tim Peaks Dinersaur for a T-Rex T-Party and have a roarsome time over in House Party with Jurassic Party!

Release 3 weekend tickets are running VERY low, so it’s your last chance to secure yours for less now. Flexible deposit tickets available for £39, then pay the rest by 1st May.

Revealing Yam Riot and Shap Chippy gig

We’re thrilled to reveal our Yam Riot line-up bursting to the seams with exciting, emerging Cumbrian talent, ahead of our second wave of music, comedy, arts & culture coming later this month!

Colt 45, Hardwicke Circus, mylittlebrother, Droll Man, Eliza Gutteridge, The Case Of Us, Sallows and many more join us in the fields at the best place to discover fresh, local Cumbrian talent. By day, see the next big thing with a line-up carefully selected to showcase the best the Lake District has to offer in new, up and coming music.

By night, catch an eclectic line-up of artists curated by our friends at Global Riot, including the likes of Supergiant, Bethlehem Casuals, Mama Moonshine, Jerramiah Ferrari and many more.

View the full line-up HERE

To celebrate our Yam Riot announcement, Hardwicke Circus and mylittlebrother will both perform special acoustic sets, live at Shap’s award-winning and much loved chip shop ‘Shap Chippy’ from 5PM on Friday 15th March. Head down to catch them, grab some award-winning fish & chips and be in with a chance of winning a pair of golden tickets to Kendal Calling 2019! Winner will be announced at 7PM in Shap Chippy and on their socials.

Get ahead of the crowd and listen to the sounds of Yam Riot at Kendal Calling 2019 below.


Apply to play Kendal Calling 2019!

Ever dream of taking the stage at Kendal Calling? Well, now’s your chance!

Applications to apply to play the festival are now open, in partnership with ReverbNation. Simply sign-up, upload your track to show off your music to our booking team, and we might just be seeing you in the fields!


Applications close 29th March.

Revealing Kendal Calling 2019!

IT’S HERE! We’re thrilled to reveal our Kendal Calling 2019 line-up. Courteeners, Doves, Manic Street Preachers, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Orbital will headline our four-day weekend in the beautiful fields of Lowther Deer Park.

Also gracing the lakes include the likes of of Tom Jones, Years & Years, Gerry Cinnamon, Miles Kane, The Fratellis, Gomez, KT Tunstall, Mystery Jets, The Subways and Nina Nesbitt, whilst over on the Glow Stage Leftfield [DJ Set], Maribou State and High Contrast [DJ Set] plus many more.

Extending beyond the headliners is a line-up filled with a broad range of genres, including an impressive crop of female fronted guitar-driven bands such as The Joy Formidable, The Big Moon, Dream Wife, Blood Red Shoes and Zuzu. Some of the most hyped and exciting new talent for 2019 will also be making appearances across our nine stages, including rising British rapper Slowthai, Bristol’s punk rock masters IDLES, Glaswegian singer-songwriter sensation Gerry Cinnamon and the hotly-tipped indie six-piece Sports Team.

Stay tuned, many more artists still to be announced.

Weekend tickets on sale Thursday 31st January at 10AM.

Listen to the sounds of Kendal Calling 2019 below.

See you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Listen: KC19’s Biggest Anthems!

We’ve done the maths, crunched the numbers and calculated that this year’s line-up has the highest count of absolute bangers of any Kendal Calling in history… From indie classics like Black And White Town and Not Nineteen Forever, via the new-school of Idles, Slowthai and Gerry Cinnamon, and pure smile-on-your-face moments like Good Times, It’s Not Unusual and Chelsea Dagger, it’s going to be one hell of a weekend.

Dig into our official KC19 Belters playlist for your fix, and we’ll see you in the fields!

Kendal Calling: Where Are They Now?

With Kendal Calling fast approaching its fourteenth year, we thought it would be nice to take a look back over our past lineups and see how some of the acts have fared since appearing on our stages.


British Sea Power


Appearing with us in front of 900 people as they closed our first ever festival, British Sea Power are one of Kendal Calling’s more frequent guests. They have since been back in 2008, 2010, 2013 & 2015 and will no doubt visit Lowther Deer Park again in the future. In the time since that first appearance, the Kendal band have released 7 albums and release their crowd-funded 8th, ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’, on March 31st.



Back in 2007 when the band was only two years old and didn’t even have an album to their name, they came to entertain at our second event. In the ten years that have followed, the Oxford five-piece have become one of the UK’s biggest bands – releasing four albums, being nominated twice for a Mercury Music prize,  nominated for Best British Band at the Brits, winning a number of awards for their live show plus headlined the likes of Reading & Leeds, Bilbao BBK and Benicassim. Well done boys!

Wild Beasts

After their set at our second event, we invited this Kendal born band back to our fields in 2010. At the time, they were touring in support of their second album, the brilliant, Mercury Prize nominated, ‘Two Dancers’. Since then, the four-piece have gone on to release three more records, the brilliant ‘Boy King’ being their most recent.


Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets are one of those acts who, after you see them live, leave you baffled at how they aren’t bigger than they are! We invited the band back in 2013, by which time they had 5 records under their belts. In January of last year they went on to release their 6th, the very good ‘Curve of the Earth’. Give it a listen if you haven’t already!


Frank Turner

2009 was the First time that Frank played for us before he returned once more in 2011 and then again in 2014 to headline our event. In that time Turner got to put out a few more records, increased his profile and performed in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics! Currently, after recently hitting the 2000th live show, Frank is, as expected, out on the road again. Here’s to 2000 more!

Kate Tempest


Kate Tempest is a great example of hard work paying off. Her 2014 Mercury Prize nomination for her debut record, ‘Everybody Down’, helped her to receive the attention that she had been deserving for so long. Kate would return to us in 2015 and the release of her second record has seen her popularity grow further, having recently sold out the likes of the O2 Ritz in Manchester.

Mumford & Sons

We got to welcome Mumford & Sons to our stage in the very early days of the band. At that time, they had only recently purchased instruments for themselves, having recorded their debut album ‘Sigh No More’ – which came out a couple of months after the Kendal appearance – using the equipment in the studio. The release of their second record ‘Babel’ helped propel the band to world fame, which was further established with the release of their third in 2015.


Calvin Harris

His performance at our 2010 event would be one of his last as the lead vocalist of a band. At the time, Calvin Harris was one of the UK’s biggest acts but now he is arguably the biggest EDM artist in the world. After becoming a DJ full time, Harris rose to prominence in 2011 following a European and Australian tour with Rihanna which led to the duo working on a couple of tracks together, most notably, ‘We Found Love’.  His many collaborations and two records since the KC set has led to Harris currently being the highest paid EDM act around. Not too shabby!


4 years after ‘that’ Treadmill video for ‘Here It Goes Again’ (which had 52m views before the band removed it and won them a Grammy) the US act came to visit us. It was a memorable set that featured dancing Smurfs, Stormtroopers and mimes. As for now, they have only released one more album since their performance at Lowther Deer Park, but they are still making music videos that gets everybody talking.

Michael Kiwanuka


We managed to snag Michael Kiwanuka at a very early stage in his career playing on, what was, our Kaylied Stage (now Calling Out) . He has since gone on to win the BBC Sound of award in 2012 and release two critically acclaimed records.

First Aid Kit

The Swedish sisters headlined our Kaylied Stage on the Friday night in 2010, a few months after the release of their debut record. From then, their stature has grown considerably and they now have three albums to their name. They also very recently teased the fact that they’ve gone into the studio to record album #4.



Since playing at Kendal Calling (before they’d even released an album) Alt-J have gone on to become one of the biggest acts in the UK at the moment. A few months after their slot on our Get it Loud in Libraries stage, the band released their Mercury Winning debut An Awesome Wave. It has been a career that has seen them go from strength to strength and in 2014 they went on to achieve a number 1 album with their second effort This Is All Yours. There has been no word of a third record yet, but we’d expect something to come from them over the next 12 months.

The Cribs

The Cribs were already a hugely established band when they rightfully headlined the festival in 2011. In the years following, the band put out a further two albums and also a greatest hits compilation. In May, they will go out on tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their hugely successful record, Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever.

Nathaniel Rateliff

After touring as Nathaniel Rateliff for years, in 2015 he added The Night Sweats as his backing band and ended up taking the world by storm with his track ‘S.O.B.’ and his self-titled debut album. It was a whirlwind 18 months that saw Rateliff go from Manchester’s Deaf Institute to the O2 Apollo via sold out shows at Ruby Lounge and the Ritz.



Tim Peaks Diner

In 2012, when the Tim Peaks brand was being run mainly via a Twitter account, we offered Tim and his brand of coffee a chance for it to become a little more real by giving them their own log cabin on our festival grounds. With a real diner that featured a real jukebox and some real booths, Tim Peaks’ cabin went on to serve over 2000 cups of coffee that weekend (as well as 800 cups of Yorkshire Tea). The place became a hub for the musicians at the event. Kyle from The View did an acoustic set, so did Edwyn Collins, and even Tim Burgess himself did a half hour set of Charlatans hits.


With all that happening in just the first three days of their inception, we couldn’t not ask them back for a second year (and for every year since). Word spread about what had happened that weekend and Tim Peaks has since had invitations from other festivals such as Isle of Wight, Liverpool Sound City and Festival No.6



The 1975

Since appearing on our Calling Out stage in 2013, The 1975 have been on a rise which can only be described as meteoric. Matthew Healy, the son of Denise Welch (who knew?), has gone on to be one of the most recognisable faces in music currently. As for the group as a whole, the Arena tours and countless inclusions in end of year album lists speak for themselves, don’t they.

Dutch Uncles

The Manchester locals first visited us in 2013 before returning in 2015. Most recently, they released the ace new album Big Balloon, and celebrated with an action-packed weekend which involved a Piccadilly Records in store show, a public session at Low Four studios and they also managed to find the time to race their fans on a go-kart track.

London Grammar

London Grammar took the UK by storm when they released their debut album in September 2013, a couple of months after their epic set at Kendal Calling. The band enjoyed strong sales of the record for months after, going on to sell over 350,000 copies of it. On the 1st of January this year, the Nottingham trio returned with their first new music since If You Wait and then followed that on February 1st with another new track. There’s been no confirmation on a new record of yet, but expect big things this year.

Foy Vance


Since Foy Vance played for us in 2013, he has gone on to do things that most musicians could only dream about. He’s toured with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol and Elton John. Has won a number of awards. Has signed to Ed Sheeran’s own label, Gingerbread Man Records and finally (and possibly most importantly) he became friends with Courtney Cox, even writing a song about her daughter.



Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish stopped off at Kendal during, what was, a summer of tearing up festivals up and down the country. When the band played at Kendal they had only recently signed to Island Records and been made Best Newcomer at the BBC Music Awards. The Balcony, their debut record, followed their appearance and in 2016 they released their second, The Ride. Following a BRITs win for Best Breakthrough Act in 2016, The Bottlemen returned to us for a main stage appearance.

Frightened Rabbit


In 2013, the band jumped to a major label for fourth record Pedestrian Verse and it became quickly apparent that the move had been a shrewd one with the Scottish group notching up their highest chart placing to date. In 2016 Frightened Rabbit released album #5 and went on to achieve further huge success, before Scott Hutchison’s untimely passing in 2018. We remember Scott fondly and miss him every day.





After appearing on our Calling Out stage in 2015, Blossoms returned just twelve months later on our main stage. The band had a brilliant 2016 and show no sign of slowing down going into the New Year either. After having one of the best-selling debut albums of 2016, the Stockport five-piece went on to enjoy a sold out December tour. How are they going to top that? Well how about having NME sponsor their tour with Cabbage before they then headline their own show at Castlefield Bowl in June.


Following years of almost anonymity, in 2009 Elbow found super-stardom that doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. Frontman Guy Garvey even managed to find time to release, and tour, a solo record in between records. The band released their seventh studio album, Little Fictions, in February and once again enjoyed positive ratings from all across the music press.


Rag n Bone Man

Off the back of his first single ‘Human’ dropping the same month as his Kendal debut, Rag n Bone Man’s rise has seen him hit over 100,000 album sales with the fastest selling male solo album of the 00’s. He’s since gone on to scoop countless awards, including the BBC Music prize for Album of the Year, and has collaborated with Gorillaz and more.

Sundara Karma

Another stage of rising from Calling Out to the stars – Sundara Karma’s first appearance at Kendal preceded the release of their debut LP smashing the top 40, and their biggest single Flame racking up over 20 million plays on Spotify!



The Australian three-piece’s reputation is indie heavyweights has been solidified with the release of their 2018 second album For Now, which hit the UK top 20 and landed them no less than three spots in Triple J’s annual Top 100 poll. They even landed in the soundtrack to Fifa 2017 just a few months after their Kendal debut. We’ll take the credit for that one then…

Loyle Carner

Headlining Calling Out on the Friday night, Loyle Carner was one of the weekend’s highlights and has since gone on to be one of the UK’s most in-demand songwriters. 2017’s Yesterday’s Gone featured on the Mercury Prize shortlist, and his recent collabs with Jordan Rakei and Kiko Bun to name a few have whet the appetite for his upcoming second album.


Gerry Cinnamon

Scan the dictionary for the word ‘explosion’ and there’ll be a photo of Gerry Cinnamon. In the last twelve months the man from Glasgow has wracked up *huge* sell-out UK tours with no management, no label and no promotion – just a textbook case of word-of-mouth growing into something huge. We’re thrilled to welcome him back in 2019 after his set at KC18 became one of the weekend’s most talked-about.

Tom Grennan

The soundtrack to our Saturdays as Sky Football’s intro music of choice, ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ was one of 2018’s biggest singles and led to us following up Tom’s Kendal show in July 2018 with a prime spot at our NYE celebration alongside Everything Everything and The Blinders. His debut album Lighting Matches racked up a top 5 spot in the UK charts too!

Keep your eyes peeled for more emerging talent in the fields, as we book the world’s biggest acts before anyone else!

Ben, Andy & The KC Team x


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