The idyllic surroundings of Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District are transformed every year into what has been one of the fastest growing festivals in the country, picking up several accolades and lots of national recognition. Kendal Calling has seen the likes of The Streets, Chase and Status, Blondie and more recently Primal Scream perform as main stage headliners with last years’ billing including Johnny Marr, The Twang, Public Enemy and The Charlatans as Saturday night headliners.
This year, Suede, Frank Turner and Example sit at the top of the lineup with Madchester heroes the Happy Mondays, Miles Kane and De La Soul standing out down the lineup. However, Kendal Calling excels in the variation of things to do around the festival for the weekend aside from the main stage, so here are some of the other ways you can enjoy this coming weekend.
Friend of the festival Tim Burgess has played on the main stage, once with his Charlatans and previous to that in 2011 as an acoustic act. But his new venture is Tim Peaks, a diner/coffee shop that stands towards the main campsite at the festival. Whether it’s fresh coffee or fruit buns you’re after you can be assured of great atmosphere. As the day progresses, acoustic acts set up in Tim Peaks and throughout the weekend there are several secret special guests that can pop by, Tim Burgess himself has played in there as well as The View’s Kyle Falconer as a warm up for their set on the main stage. Who knows, maybe some of this years’ acts might appear at some point.
The festival’s Houseparty Tent hosts some of the best DJs around playing all sorts of music amongst sofas, beds and pots and pans. This year, the Baggy Mondays are at the top of the bill for Saturday night, a success in recent years. Dave Haslam, Mint Royale and Dario G also appear over the weekend at one of the most popular venues on the site.
If you’re heading to Kendal Calling on Thursday night, make sure to visit Craig Charles’ funk and soul club to get the weekend off to a start by dancing well into Friday morning. The acclaimed actor has time after time pulled out Northern Soul classics to get all the early bird festival goers in full swing for the rest of the festival.
So whether you pitch up on the hill above the main stage for three days or spend your weekend in the vibrant corners of the site drinking fresh coffee or buying handmade ornaments you’re sure to be in for a treat at Kendal Calling 2014 this coming first weekend of August.