Kendal Calling

[wide]kendal logo colour1 | Kendal Calling[/wide]Raised from dreams of sunshine, music and the rolling fields amidst the Lake District, Kendal Calling sounds very romantic. A place and a time to simply fall in love with whatever you want to fall in love with. It’s not about soppy romanticisms it’s all about the music and simply expecting the unexpected.

Winner of the Festival Awards ‘Best Small Festival’ in 2010 and now in its sixth year, it seems 2011 will be the biggest Kendal Calling so far with something for everyone. Set in Lowther Deer Park, there are sights and sounds galore. A variety of stages and arenas each offer something unique from big bands, little bands, DJ’s, poets and even circus acts set amongst the listings.

Headlining this year’s festival on the main stage are Chase and Status, The Cribs and the legends that are Blondie. Call that eclectic? Then look further into the line up and stages its pack to the rafters with talent…

Derrick Carter, Adam Freeland and Nero and more are set to make you throw shapes in the Glow Dance Tent. Sonic Boom Six, Dinosaur Pile up and The Chapman Family are amongst friends on the Calling Out stage which heads up on bringing new music to your ears.  In the Kaylied stage there’s Club de Fromage, Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Club as well as Mr Scruff and his jazz-esque spectacular…

That’s not to mention everything else that goes on AND if that’s not enough, there’s also an Ugly Bug Ball where everyone is encouraged to get slightly freaky in a bug like way and join in with the Happy Slap Circus as well as a ‘Beasts and Machines’ fancy dress on the Saturday, there’s so much fun to be had and that’s only part of the action. With plenty of varied attractions as well as Kendal Calling’s own real ale, there really is something for everyone.

Three days of making merry with music, friends, food, drink etc in a stunning setting, what more could you want…of course it’s England and even though we’d like the sunshine, it simply can’t be promised.

There’s a reason Kendal Calling was voted Best Small Festival and on the outset it seems much larger than the intimate capacity of 8000 with so much to see and do… let’s go exploring and see what the fuss is about.

Kendal Calling takes place on 29th-31st July 2011, for more information see: http://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/