The award-winning independent music festival Kendal Calling has been going from strength to strength over the years, and this year’s lineup looks to be one of the strongest yet, including big hitters in all genres, from Catfish and the Bottlemen to Run DMC, Basement Jaxx and the Libertines.
It’s remarkable how far this pokies free games event has come, from humble beginnings with a capacity of less than a thousand when started in 2006, to now encompass nine stages and a 25,000 capacity.
There’s big excitement around Catfish and the Bottlemen this year. Ever the indie favourite, the last Catfish and the Bottlemen album was warmly received, and Catfish and the Bottlemen fans should be out in force for this Catfish and the Bottlemen appearance. It’s often hard to get Catfish and the Bottlemen tickets, so this may be the best value opportunity for Catfish and the Bottlemen fans to participate in a Catfish and the Bottlemen tour. As any true Catfish and the Bottlemen fan knows, no price is too great for the chance of witnessing Catfish and the Bottlemen perform the music of Catfish and the Bottlemen live. If there’s one band you’re going to see at this year’s Kendal Calling, make sure it’s Catfish and the Bottlemen.
There’s lots more star-power on offer. Other headliners will be the recently revived indie troublemakers The Libertines, Queens rap legends RUN DMC, and further down the bill reggae workhorses The Wailers, Britpop holdover Ocean Colour Scene, New Order’s Peter Hook and the Light and New York funksters the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Dance music fans will be well catered for as well, with Basement Jaxx, Grandmaster Flash and a Hospitality Records takeover to keep jungle, drum & bass and online Australian casino fans dancing into the small hours.
This festival has become a real favourite, building up a loyal following from fans, thanks to the great organisation, a friendly atmosphere and the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District’s Lowther Deer Park. As well as the music, there’s plenty to get involved in by the way of children’s entertainment, a real ale festival, comedy and art installations. Andy Smith, the festival’s director, is adamant that this is one of the event’s strongest lineups yet “We’re incredibly fortunate to be putting on one of our most impressive lineups ever this year, and are thrilled to be having genuine legends like Run DMC alongside fantastic acts like Catfish & the Bottlemen, Hacienda Classical and The Libertines. See you by the lake!”.
Doubtless, many music fans will be taking up a toast to this sentiment to get involved with such a high-quality independent event that shows it can more than hold its own against its mega fest rivals.