Kendal Calling 2010

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Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August 2010
Lowther Estate, Kendal, East Cumbria, England MAP
£85, deposit £30 - SOLD OUT
Daily capacity: 8,000
Last updated: Mon 5th Jul 2010

Kendal Calling is held in the Lake District, over the weekend of Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August and is a wholly independent festival returning for its fifth year and returning to the Lowther Estate, Kendal, in East Cumbria.

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Calvin Harris will headline the Friday night with Doves on Saturday and The Coral on Sunday. Also confirmed are Wild Beasts, The subways, The Futureheads, Ok Go, Dub Pistols, Erol Alkan, DJ Yoda, Plump DJs, High Contrast, Scratch Perverts, Elite Force, Justin Robertson, Danny Byrd, Doorly, Eskimo Twins, Emalkay, People Get Real, Rich Reason, Ken Evil, Ash Howell, First Aid Kit, Mark Chadwick, Unabombers, Beat Boutique, Craig Charles, and The Lancashire Hotpots, with more acts to be confirmed. Wax:On will take the reins in the Dance Tent on Saturday and Ape will host the arena on Sunday.

2010 sees the festival grow to 8,000 capacity so expect all the regular favourites (entertainers, beer tent, big top marquees, comedians, cabaret) plus many more new and innovative extras, whilst keeping the intimate vibe and friendly atmosphere.

On site

Festival goers can expect a circus big-top main stage, dance tent, Kaylied 'folk' tent, Croissant Neuf tent, a new music 'Calling Out' Stage, chillout area, and camping is available.


Sold Out! Tickets were on sale at the normal price of £85 (early birds sold out), a child (11-14 years) weekend ticket is priced at £45, and children under 11 can attend for free, but need a ticket. There is a deposit scheme available until Friday 7th May. Deposits must be paid off in full by Monday 14th June. A campervan ticket is priced at £40. To buy tickets, click here.

Freakeasy Thursday

For 1500 festival goers there's a chance to arrive early, passes are priced at £20 for festival ticket holders and offers camping alongside an evening of performances ahead of the festival proper. Circus and side show performers will be part of Freakeasy which will feature the world's tallest DJ, cabaret & the garden of the paranormal. The campsite will open at noon on thursday and the arena opens at 4pm with the Freakeasy itself beginning at 6pm.

Expect jaw dropping installations like the gramo lantern: a massive gramophone with the horn as a projection screen and a walk-in Victorian parlour underneath. Plus a mobile piano street show, sword swallowing Guinness World record holder Space Cowboy plus angle grinding, hoop twirling & fire-laced spectacular to start the night with a bang! The solar powered stage Croissant Neuf will host a night of live bands, DJs and sideshow troubadours all tied together by master of ceremonies, Don Francisco (compere to Lost Vagueness, Trash City, Arcadia and his very own Invisible Circus.)

Other entertainment

Other entertainment includes The Café Serran which offers comedians, mud Jacuzzis, burlesque troupes, films and 12-piece transvestite covers bands. The Soapbox offers storytelling, talks, and comedy.

Kids Area

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.

Garden of Eden

A Utopian garden where East meets West provides the perfect backdrop for true escapism. Discover the garden and celebrate the East - from Morocco to Japan. A place to chill with massage, homeopathic treatments, and more in an area of serenity away from the rest of the festival buzz.

Peaceful Progress

Peaceful Progress is a touring creative posse consisting of Graffiti artists, Breakdancers, DJ's, sculpture artists and holistic therapists. They will be at Kendal Calling this year with a solar powered gallery, environmental graffiti murals, graffiti inspired sculpture and a breakdancing crew, as well as reggae-romatherapy in the yurt.

The Village Green

Offering food and a relaxed atmosphere by day and a bustling vibe by night, complete with its own pub The Holy Quail!

Cumbrian Troop Olympics

The Cumbrian Olympics make their return for a second year with games to get involved in including shot putting with water balloons, and tatty tossing.

Family camping

For festival-goers bringing little ones, Kendal Calling has the all-new Emperors field. A camping area located in a quiet field away from the main campsite, near the main arena and offer a special pass to camp next to your car (available for £10). Set near the campervan field, the quiet family camping will have its own toilet facilities including showers & even a baby changing unit.

There will be more information here when available.

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