Kendal Calling 2011: Preview

Well its that time of year again. The clocks go forward, the sun comes out and we start looking ahead to the summer. And boy what a summer. There’s loads of great things going on. We’ve already told you about the DeerShed Festival in North Yorkshire and below we let another of our favourite festivals tell you why you should support them and not V or Leeds. Last year Barry went to Kendal Calling and had a great time. So good it took him 3 months to write his review. We promise it wont take us that long this year!!! So read the preview, click the link and buy your tickets. Remember that this sold out last year well in advance. This years tickets have been going like the proverbial hot cakes. Get them whilst they’re fresh………






Friday 29th July – Sunday 31st July 2011

Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, The Lake District

Full adult Weekend ticket: £95

Tickets available from

Winner of Best Small festival at 2010 UK Festival Awards

Nominee for NME Best Small festival award

8,000 capacity – 8 stages 3 days and nights of fun in the fields in the beautiful Lake District 

With tickets selling like hot cakes and the Emperors Field camping already sold out, Kendal Calling 2011 is set for a record breaking year, and all without revealing any Headliners! Well all that is set to change as Kendal Calling 2011 announce the almighty, one and only Sunday Girl Blondie to close this years show as the final night headliner and bass thumping Chase & Status as Friday nights top act. Other bands on board include The Whip, Young Knives, Nero and Middleman. We are yet to announce our Saturday night headliner so watch this space.

 Blondie is a band that needs almost no introduction. Headed up by one of the most stunning and talented musicians in pop music history, Debbie Harry, Blondie have 40 million worldwide record sales under their belt, 4 platinum selling albums, 5 UK Number 1s and countless awards and accolades.

Kendal Calling cant wait to hear their iconic sound echo across the stunning Lowther Deer Park. As famous for their music as for their stunning look, Blondie were icons of New Yorks celebrated new wave & punk scene. They defined an era and at the helm was one of THE most iconic frontwomen of all time; Debbie Harry.

She went from the pages of Punk magazine to being on the cover of just about every mainstream publication on the newsstands! Blondie are renowned for their eclectic mix of musical styles, incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap and reggae. Their hit single Rapture was one of the earliest rap influenced songs. With a back catalogue full of much-loved hits: Denis, Picture This, One Way or Another, Hanging on the Telephone, Heart of Glass, Sunday Girl, Atomic, Call Me to name a few. Blondie will deliver one hell of a show to the Kendal Calling fields! Their songs are still as influential today as they were first time around. With a new album planned for release later this year expect new material alongside much-loved hits.

 The Cribs are one of the biggest cult bands in the UK and are our Saturday night headliners.  Hailing from Wakefield, Yorkshire twin brothers Gary and Ryan Jarman and younger brother Ross Jarman are renowned for their combination of natural pop sensibility and love for rock n roll. Legendary ex-The Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr is now a fully fledged member of the band. 

This internationally touring critically acclaimed band deliver their well written catchy songs including Hey Scenesters, Mens Needs and Our Bovine Public with unbelievable passion. This is guaranteed to be one hell of a live show!  The Cribs are only playing a few shows this summer ahead of going into the studio to produce their 5th studio album, and this is their only small festival headline slot too!

 True to our word of booking the best in dance music as well as world acclaimed bands, Kendal Calling HQ have confirmed one of the UKs finest electro producing duos Chase & Status as Friday night headliners.  Things are going from strength to strength for these guys: 2009 saw their fanbase and notoriety rise where they were promoted to major label vertigo / Mercury Records and with this they smashed into the top 10 in the UK singles chart with End Credits featuring 2011 BRIT award winner for Best British Solo Male – Plan B.

Over the past year they have been ripping up countless festivals and earned themselves numerous award nominations. Their second studio album, No More Idols charted at number two in the UK charts and they can cite Jay Z, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell as fans; Friday night is going to be mega!

 Also on board are festival circuit regulars – The Whip, having recently toured with Babyshambles and British Sea Power at NMEs Weekender in Cambersands, this Oldham trio will be showcasing tracks from their 2008 X Marks Destination Album. Including the singles “Trash” and “Divebomb” which were featured on the Kitsune Maison Compilations 3 and 4 respectively. The Whip have also recently been commissioned to do remixes for bands such as Editors, Hadouken! and The Courteeners track “Fallowfield Hillbilly”.

 2007 Mercury Prize nominee, Young Knives are a three-pronged vocal attack with catchy guitars and drums. This threesome are as eccentric as they are prolific with top 40 hits including the infectious The Decision, Terra Firma, Weekends and Bleak Days and Turn Tail the future is looking very bright for this quirky trio.

 Confirmed for the Dance Tent is Nero; first coming into widespread attention with their monstrous bass banger remix of The Streets Blinded by the Light. This super producing duo have been turning heads at Radio 1 and 1Xtra and finding favour with Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Mistajam. With the recent release of the single Me and You, the future is looking bright for Nero and Kendal Calling can’t wait to provide a platform.

 Middleman are a four-piece alternative band from Leeds who splice infectious song writing with driving guitar riffs, heavy beats, bass-lines and poetry-slammed vocals. Middleman are gaining notoriety rapidly and have been picked out as Ones to Watch by national radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and XFM.

 This first Headliner announcements are just a taster of what is still to come… the full Calling Out (new music) stage, Kaylied Tent (folk stage), Glow dance tent and five other stages line ups are still to be announced; Kendal Calling 2011 is already shaping up to be an epic weekend with some of the finest UK and international artists to be showcased on the festival circuit. However Kendal Calling isnt just about ambitious and cutting edge music; there are oodles of other activities and events going on throughout the weekend. Riding on the wave of the huge success of the Real Ale festival last year, Kendal Calling HQ are embarking on the tough task of sampling all the local ales to ensure that only the very best beverages are on offer for its return to this years festival! There is also the flamboyant and ludicrous Fancy Dress Saturday where all inhibitions and sanity are lost in a world of eccentricity, this years theme to be announced very soon…

 Kendal Calling is an award-winning, innovative, independent festival based in the Lake District. It features pioneering contemporary music and art alongside traditional rural entertainment. Possibly the most fun you can have in the countryside, with fields full of activities and attractions for everyone from families to stag parties!

Come and join us for a weekend of festivity and escapism in the fresh country air.

The capacity is small and intimate so you wont be herded around like cattle or spend hours in queues at the bar. Feel the freedom of being able to move between the 8 performance stages in a matter of minutes and never miss an artist.

Kendal Calling is all about fun the old fashioned way, great times, great entertainment and great friends all in one place!

 See you in the fields



 Date:                                        29th to 31st July 2011  

Location:                                 Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, CA10 2HN

 Ticket Price:                            Full Adult Weekend Camping Tickets: £95

(16+. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult)

Full Adult Deposit Weekend Ticket Pay just £35 now to secure your ticket to this years event and pay the balance of six weeks before the festival.

11-15 years This ticket is for anyone 11 years and older and 15 years and Under

5 t0 10 and under – FREE!

 Thursday Entry: This year Kendal Calling will be opening up the campsite a day early for all you keen festival goers to get pitched up super fast! Please note this is camping only plus the Village Green area, where a limited number of food outlets will be open plus an acoustic tent.

Adult: 10 / Youth 11-15: 5 / Under 11: FREE


Traditional festival camping – no frills, no extra cost and for the night owls amongst you! There is also a quiet camping area for those that like their beauty sleep. Included in ticket price

 Emperors Fields **SOLD OUT** Back bigger and better than last year, this much improved area will have posh showers, toilets and a campfire as well as the added bonus of camping by your car. Adult price: 10 / Youth: 11-15: 5

Children 10 and under are FREE. Please note this area is all quiet camping and ideal for families.

 Campervan or Caravan fields - 45 – Park up, party on.


Coach travel is available from several UK destinations (tbc) and is provided by Big Green Coach Company. There are pickups from Penrith train station If youre travelling by train then hop aboard the Kendal Calling Shuttle straight to the site, and back again! 

 Online Tickets: 


 Kendal Calling is loved as much for its breathtaking setting in rolling green fields as for its top-notch line-up. Sunday Times Festival Guide Our Pick

 Kendal Calling has emerged as one of the most innovative independent festivals over recent years

 DJ Magazine

 Small but beautifully formed Lake District festival

 Independent on Sunday

 This independent festival… is a good place to spot rising northern stars 

The Daily Telegraph

 A jam packed weekend of music set in the beautiful backdrop of rolling hills and rocky crags 

Sunday Sun

 Set in the beautiful Lake District, this is becoming one of the best festivals in the UK 

Big Issue in the North

 A smaller, more intimate festival 3 days of fun in the beautiful Lake District, everything from top bands to local artists to comedians.

By peter on March 27, 2011

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