For years now, Kendal Calling has been referred to as a modest and concentrated weekend and only recently stuck chords nationally as it began to win accolades in award form and word of mouth. But last years’ news of an expansion and twitches around the increase in ticket pricing, they simply couldn’t rely on 1 or 2 names attracting attention above the abundance of festivals of a similar ilk. They had to do more, so they have.
Favourites The Charlatans will headline the additional Thursday night, having played there twice before. Most notably back in 2013 where they headlined the festival. On the Friday night, Rudimental top the bill before the biggest name of the lot, Noel Gallagher headlines the Saturday night. One I’m considerably giddy about considering the quality of his set last year at Benicàssim. The Sunday night slot is back hitting on nostalgia as Madness close the main stage.
Elsewhere, there’s Catfish and The Bottlement, Everything Everything, a heavy touch from Band of Skulls and the increasingly impressive Blossoms who are sure to draw a bigger crowd than they did at 2015’s festival. Also look out for the return of The Lightning Seeds, Ash and Rat Boy who’s fan base has grown hugely over the past few months.
As always, Tim Peaks’ Diner will offer the intimate sessions with a DJ set from Thing Is England’s Thomas Turgoose, countless appearances from the man himself and plenty Bowie.
It’s as strong as ever and the standout first announcement of the year, tickets are on sale here from 9am tomorrow.
It’s February and gloomy, with a swirling wind like something from a Brontë novel, it feels so good to say…
See You In The Fields!