Kendal Calling 2011 preview

Posted on 22 June 2011
By Jennifer Louise
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Imagine 8,000 people dancing under moonlight as part of an ‘Ugly Bug’ ball, northern soul dance classes, bed time stories read by rock stars… add in a whole throng of music from beat box to rock to house to folk to filthy jazz. Ladies and gentlemen this is Kendal Calling.

From the 29th-30th July, Lowther Deer Park will once again be showing why Kendal Calling is the ‘best and biggest smallest’ music festival in the country.

With Chase And Status, The Cribs and Blondie headlining the three day extravaganza and acts such as House of Pain, The Whip and even The Lancashire Hot Pots playing the main stage there’s a strong eclectic lineup on offer.

The Calling Out stage brings up and coming bands to the masses, this year it gives the chance for amongst numerous others Sonic Boom Six, Frankie and The Heartstrings and The Chapman Family to prove their skills and entertain.

The Glow Dance Tent fuses house, dub step, electro and more brought to you in the human forms of Adam Freeland, Caspa, the legend that is Derrick Carter and more. Be sure to have your glow sticks ready and whistles ready to blow. It’s all going to go off.

For more traditionalist tastes there’s the Kaylied Tent. Though this being Kendal Calling and nothing is quite what it seems take the word traditional and blur it slightly. Curated alongside Global Local there’s a mix of ska, folk, soul, funk and Americana set up to showcase emerging talent at a multitude of festivals.

Anything, it seems, is possible at Kendal Calling. With a multitude of attractions including the Village Green, a place to simply relax, unwind and chill out, to the pampering delights of the Garden of Eden where temptations of massages, homeopathy and escapism are sure to allure festival goers out of their wellies and into blissful tranquillity.

But if a steady beer is what you’re after then there’s Kendal Calling’s own real ale festival featuring plenty of fine brews from the Lake District region.

Kendal Calling, as far as boutique festivals go is hard to beat. In keeping with its intimate vibe the capacity is restricted, making it an intimate place to explore, enjoy and simply immerse yourself in the surroundings.