Now in its ninth year, the wholly independent Kendal Calling is held in the Lake District, over the weekend of Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd August 2014 (with early entry on Thursday 31st July) returning to the Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, in the Lake District.
Suede, Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls. and Example will headline. Also confirmed are Happy Mondays, De La Soul, Miles Kane, 2ManyDjs (DJ set) , Tom Odell, Razorlight, Clean Bandit, Newton Faulkner, Athlete, The Sunshine Underground, Ella Eyre, Mr Scruff, Reel Big Fish, The Heavy, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Rae Morris, Saint Raymond, Dub Pistols, Jess Glynne, Womans Hour, Findlay, Breton, Josh Record, Kimberly Anne, Amber Run, Gallery Circus, Lanterns on the Lake, The Lucid Dream, Johnny Borrell & Zazou, The Lancashire Hotpots, Aquilo, DJ Food, Cheeba, DJ Moneyshot, Zion Train, Perch & Dubdadda, Reeps One, The Melodic, By The Rivers, Typesun, Will Varley, We Were Evergreen, Tantz, The Urban Folk Quartet, Mint Royale, Baggy Mondays, Dave Haslam, Black Cat DJs, Father Funk, Gareth Brooks, King Eider, The Hummingbirds, Phoneys & the Freaks, Howling Rhythm DJs, Aaron Wright & Jacqui Abbott, Kommix Kut, The Raged, Our Fold, Dub Sex, Mark Abbott, Fallback Productions , Sam P, Karl Yates, and Northern Soul Dance Classes.
Plus Augustines, Jimi Goodwin, Frightened Rabbit, Simon and Oscar (Ocean Colour Scene), Lewis Watson, Admiral Fallow, Black Rivers, Team Me, Norma Jean Martine, Mirror Signal, The Tea Street Band, Champs, Dario G (DJ set), Lauren Aquilina, Lyger, Big Sixes, Etches, Molly Warburton Trio, Gypsy Hill, Smerins Anti-Social Club, John Langan, Talisman, Will Tramp, Drop The Mustard, Zutekh, English Disco Lovers (EDL), Herbal Sessions Soundsystem, Dub Central, The Showhawk Duo, Davos, Lisbon, The Membranes, Skutch Manos, Metisa, Colt 45, MDNGHT, Berlin, You, $ista $ista, Walk, HoneyFeet, Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, Skittles & Live Band, Cut Capers, Lauren Housley, Rene, Gypsies of Bohemia, Scatters the Funky Disco Pig, The Grand Old Ukes of Yorkshire, Berlin Berlin, You, Treedrum, Riot Jazz, The Dakota Jim Band, Taylor Jackson, Charlie Cooper, Thingamebob & The Thingamejigs, From a Window, Buffalo Brothers, The Big Easy, Flamingus, Flavia, The Bear around Your Neck, Whiskey Moon Face, Felix Hagan And The Family, Too Much Love, Salutation Dub Collective, The EME, Dave Rybka, and Xander Smith.
The Glow Dance Tent line-up is headlined by 2ManyDjs (DJ set) . Other confirmed acts include Andy C, Zane Lowe, James Zabiela, Gorgon City, Goldie, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Shadow Child, Friend Within, MC GQ, Lapsley, Ash Howell, and My New Leng.
This year Bondax, & Friends presents Bondax b2b MJ Cole, Karma Kid b2b Monki, Star Slinger b2bTCTS, and Kartel b2b French Kiwi Juice.
While the Woodlands will host Bird, Seattle Yacht Club, Love For Zero, Jakarta Club, Evil Blizzard, The Templebys, The Pinstripe Pigeon Band, Fiona Clayton, The Lottery Winners, Jake and the Jellyfish, Ivan Campo, The Orchid Hunters, Nancy Kent, Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co, Arran George, Joe McCorriston, Alex Hulme, Mylittlebrother, Baksheesh, Ben Dyson, and Gritty Britain.
New for 2014 for Thursday night revellers, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club take over featuring a hand picked line up by Craig himself. Thursday will feature Chai Wallah’s and the Real Ale festival will be open for pre festival shenanigans! As part of Craig’s Funk & Soul Club there will also be Smoove & Turrell and Lack of Afro LIVE, plus DJs Oui Dig Disco and Morris Chestnut.
For the full list of who is playing see the Kendal Calling line-up page.
Festival goers can expect eleven stages including the Main Stage, Glow Dance tent, Kaylied World Music Stage, Calling Out New Music Stage, Soapbox Comedy, Village Green, Houseparty, a space themed cinema tent, and more stages to be announced.
Kendal Calling have announced a new Luna 9 Arena offering festival goers an immersive presentation of Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon, A guided tour of the Universe, DJ Food, DJ Cheeba, Pete Fowler and more for new arena.
This year all the compost toilets in the camp ground will be free to use.
Kendal Calling Academy
The Kendal Calling Academy (in association with the University of Cumbria) provides three days of talks and debates with luminaries from arts and culture as well as guests and partnerships. Virgin Galactic's Commercial Director Stephen Attenborough will speak extensively about their tests flights in California and their plans to introduce the first ever-commercial space flights. Kendal Mountain Festival will also bring festival goers outdoor, mountain and adventure films, talks and debate. Other highlights include panels with The Idler Academy, John Robb, Andrew Mueller, Dave Haslam and Sarah Walters. A range of University of Cumbria students on courses including event management, journalism, creative writing, and film and TV will be working at the festival to gain professional experience in this field. The University of Cumbria will be sharing the students’ work throughout the festival on the university’s website.
Kendal Calling further develop its partnership with Virgin Trains to bring festival goers the Soul On Wheels Roller Disco featuring sets from DJ Yoda and others.
Last year's the festival sold out in the middle of June this year it was mid May!
Weekend tickets were priced at £119 including camping, tickets for children aged 11-15 years priced at £60, with free entry for under 11s.
Traditional festival camping is at no extra cost and included in ticket price. There was also the new and improved Emperors Fields camping on offer, which has also sold out, as well as yurts and tipis accommodation in the Deer Lodge available.
2014 saw a payment plan introduced allowing the option for festival goers to purchase their tickets in monthly instalments of £18.46 a month for 8 months (+p&p). All other tickets are available at a monthly payment plan. Booking fees also apply.
There was also a deposit scheme - pay a £65 non refundable deposit, half of the adult ticket now and the rest by 13th June.
Early entry Thursday
This year Kendal Calling will be opening up the campsite a day early. Please note this will include camping only plus the Village Green area, where a limited number of food outlets will be open plus an acoustic tent.
Fancy dress theme
This year's theme is '...goes to the stars', an intergalactic theme. This will influence the décor plus the performance art with the whole site in-keeping with the theme.
Seeking site art commissions
The festival is looking to commission site specific artworks to be installed at the 2014 event. Participating artists are invited to explore the title 'Beyond Infinity', which has been chosen to reflect the Beyond the Stars theme.
Kendal Calling are looking for submissions from established and emerging artists that include high quality, engaging visual art works with emphasis on sculpture, light projections and installations.
The project encourages artists to create pieces that incorporate an element of digital media interaction to engage the audience at the event. One major commission of £5000 is available for a lead piece, along with five commissions of £1000.
The newly introduced arts trail will complement the 2014 theme through showcasing the work of six independent visual artists.. Artists are invited to submit proposals by the end of 26/06/2014. The Beyond Infinity initiative is supported by Arts Council England and is in partnership with Eden Arts and FutureEverything.
For big kids and little ones alike, enjoy workshops on percussion making and music, movement and mask making, plus story telling and creative writing along with an array of games and activities running all weekend.
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