Kendal Calling Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Hackthorpe, Cumbria, England, UK
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Kendal Calling Festival celebrated its inaugural edition in 2006 and features a diverse line-up of musicians for a weekend of music, world cuisine, camping and games. The spectacular venue features 2000 year old trees and deer that have lived on the site for hundres of years. Kendal Calling is a 3 day, independent, grass roots festival located in evergreen Lakeland hills. They have a penchant for games and hedonistic high jinks and an almighty eclectic ear for musical talent. Music in the Kendal Calling meadow spans 12 distinct and diverse stages in a close-knit site that means you’re never far from your friends. A multitude of walkabout performers and artists roaming the fields from contortionists to comic fitness instructors, from jugglers to hula-hoopers and much more. Previous years have hosted the likes of: Dizzee Rascal, Pendulum, The Zutons, The Streets, Super Furry Animals, Scratch Perverts, Stanton Warriors and Mumford and Sons to name just a few. Music in the Kendal Calling meadow spans 8 distinct and diverse stages in a close-knit site that means you’re never far from your friends

Festival Dates August 1 - 3, 2014
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Programming preview 2014:
  • In 2014 the festival will transform into a dazzling alien world, as Kendal Calling brings outer space to the Lake District! This promises to be an out of this world experience where every area of the festival will be invaded by a host of science-fiction characters taking the festival-goers on a journey through the stars.
    Without giving away the festival’s plans too much, festival-goers can beam themselves into the Calling Out tent after the bands go home to watch some of the best space films ever made and some that might surprise!
    Once again an attempt will be made to smash another world record. This year Kendal Calling hope to break the record for the largest moonwalk! No, we’re not sending people into space! Instead festival-goers should don their sparkly white gloves and embrace their inner MJ as they attempt to ‘beat it.’
    As always, Saturday will be fancy dress day and festival-goers are encouraged to suit up in keeping with the space theme, whether it be a character or object from across the galaxy such as Darth Vader, Spock, Barabella, Dr Who, Ziggy Stardust, Neil Armstrong, Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Michael Jackson or even a planet. Be as creative and as wacky as you like! In years gone by revellers have demonstrated brilliant ideas and imagination in designing and donning costumes transforming the ancient, tranquil Deer Park into a surreal, bouncing wonderland.
    As well as the overall space themed décor, Kendal Calling will once again have a wide variety of the very best music and performance art to excite, enlighten and entertain throughout the weekend. Keep an eye out for many more Kendal Calling announcements in the near future as this multi award winning festival continues to provide the perfect backdrop for a weekend of musical merriment in the fields.
    Situated in one of the most idyllic locations in the UK, Kendal Calling has quickly established a reputation as one of the most innovative festivals in the country, combining great music, good food, award winning ales and lasting memories in the outstanding surroundings of the Lake District. Last year Kendal Calling sold out in advance of the show and has sold out in each of its eight previous years. Although the team have added a number of new and exciting developments for 2014 they have kept the event to the same capacity as the previous year, protecting the festival’s intimate feel and attention to detail for which it is renowned.
Announced lineup 2014:
  • 2MANYDJ’S (DJ set)
  • ANDY C


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Ticketing 2014:
  • Lowther Deer Park
    Hackthorpe, CA10 2HN
  • Winner of Best Medium Sized Festival at 2013 Live UK Festival Awards
  • Winner of Best Small Festival at 2011 Live UK Festival Awards
  • Winner of Best Small festival at 2010 UK Festival Awards


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