The Lake District, the last weekend of July, all roads lead to Kendal Calling. After celebrating the festival’s 10th year in 2016, they’re back and bigger than ever. 4 days of antics in the North-West’s finest hub of music and arts. From Thursday’s Happy Mondays set to a Sunday night featuring Tinie Tempah and The Coral it is set to be another brilliant weekend in the fields.
Should you be one of the lucky few that will come through the gates on Thursday, you’ll catch Bristol’s The Shimmer Band opening the Main Stage. They’ve released 5 singles to date, the latest of which is ‘What Is Mine?’, they show off a big, electronic sound to kick off the weekend. British Sea Power are KC favourites and they’re also on the Main Stage before Fightened Rabbit, the Scottish indie band the final act before a stellar double-header. The Happy Mondays appeared at the festival in 2014 and they’re back again this year. ‘Step On’, ‘Kinky Afro’ and ’24 Hour Party People’ will soundtrack the evening before Franz Ferdinand take to the stage to headline. The Glasgow band are fronted by Alex Kapranos and will reel off hits from their 4 albums including 2004’s self-titled debut.
Now, for all you lot heading out on Friday morning, the Calling Out stage opens up with Jess Kemp. The earliest act that will draw the masses is Kate Nash who’s debut album still remains responsible for her popularity, and famed single ‘Foundations’. Following Kate will be Sydney outfit DMA’S. Their live performance has stunned fans across the UK and they’ll bring their unique sound to KC at 16.15.
Friday’s House Party lineup is particularly exciting, York’s Hello Operator play there in the afternoon and are a real talent to watch. Heavy guitar sound, rock and roll vibe. Another pull-out-the-stops band are Cabbage, the controversial post-punk band from Manchester are a perfect fit for the House Party stage, small, sweaty, left-wing. Dave Haslam finishes the night off in there, too.
Tim Peaks is often the place to be at Kendal Calling, and there are two secret special guests on Friday before the evening begins. My lips are sealed.
Elsewhere, local Melanie Baker opens up the Carvetti Stage and Deaf Havana have a DJ set in the stylish 18+ Jaegerhaus.
Circa Waves and Jake Bugg keep the Main Stage lineup strong, while in the Glow Tent Faithless and Tom Zanetti are back to back. The weekend’s headliner of headliners are Stereophonics. Kelly Jones and co. are armed with 9 studio albums, the last 2 of which came in 2 years after a gap since 2009. 2015’s ‘Keep The Village Alive’ features single ‘C’est La Vie’, a common opener, while oldies ‘Dakota’ and their best, ‘Local Boy In The Photograph’ will prove highlights of the weekend. Following them, Baggy Mondays will bring their indie celebration to the Calling Out Stage after Loyle Carner‘s set.
Saturday, and we’re again firing on all cylinders, Sheffield’s Reverend and The Makers will make the Main Stage bounce at before Feeder return to Kendal Calling at. The Pale White will blow the roof off Calling Out. Rock band Editors are on back at the Main Stage with a backlog of hits, ‘Munich’, ‘Papillon’ and ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’, to name a few. Then, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys will present their 1966 album ‘Pet Sounds’, which is often regarded as one of the best of all time. Wilson’s appearance will go down in KC history and is not to be missed.
Saturday’s Woodlands Stage lineup features an intriguing name, Mexrissey. As you’ve guessed, it’s a Mexican Morrisey tribute, Smiths songs and all. It’s sure to be one of the most interesting sets of the weekend.
Over on the Carvetti Stage, Mylittlebrother, the Penrith band are highly rated including by Louder Than War who said that, “there’s something very special happening in The Lake District.” There sure is this weekend.
Another huge name at the festival is in Glow for a DJ set; The Streets’ Mike Skinner is in the house spinning new hits from Birmingham’s underground and some classic Streets numbers. At the same time, Saturday Main Stage headliners Manic Street Preachers kick off at. The Welsh band were one of the 90s biggest names and their set is sure to reflect over 30 years in music. The Hunna overlap The Manics, but there’s room to catch both if you head to Calling Out at the close of the Main Stage.
The Lancashire Hotpots are much-loved in this part of the world, and they’ll kick off a Sunday dinner of sorts on the Main Stage at. If you’ve seen them before, you’ll know, if you haven’t, please do! Lethal Bizzle and Nothing But Thieves give you a contrast in genre for Sunday afternoon before the well-followed Slaves ‘Cheer Up London’ with their aggressive sound. An afternoon that’s broad in genre continues with Seasick Steve, another returning artist that is internationally recognised. He’s a great festival voice and if his last appearance is anything to go by he’ll put a smile on your face and whether it’s up close and personal or on the hill you’ll enjoy his tones. Another popular fella when it comes to festivals is Frank Turner, he and his Sleeping Souls are on at 18.50 before final headliner Tinie Tempah takes to the Main Stage. Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, better known by his stage name, rose to fame with 2010 release ‘Disc-Overy’ which features singles ‘Pass Out’, ‘Frisky’ and ‘Written In The Stars’. At the same time, Wirral band The Coral will headline Calling Out with tunes such as ‘In The Morning’ and ‘Dreaming Of You’. I mean, it’s up to you, but. Elsewhere on Sunday night, My New Leng are in Glow as they return to the festival.
Sunday’s Tim Peaks lineup features the most exciting secret set of the festival. You’ll want to see this one, so get to Tim Peaks around tea time. Following that, hearthrob Nico Mirallegro (he is good looking to be fair) has a DJ set as the clock ticks to Monday morning.
In the House Party, Thomas Turgoose and Gadget from This is England will play their favourite tunes, and the Boon Army with join Clint Boon after the headliners. At the same time, Frank Turner will be in the Jaegerhaus.
With that, will be Kendal Calling 2017. Remember to have a dig around the festival to see which gems to you can find, many of the bands appearing up the lineup got their break in some of the corners of the festival, be part of it! Most of all, though, enjoy yourself!
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See you in the fields…