Kendal Calling 2013

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Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July 2013
Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, Cumbria, CA10 2HN, England MAP
£115 for weekend with camping
Daily capacity: 8,000
Last updated: Tue 16th Jul 2013

Now in its eighth year, the wholly independent Kendal Calling is held in the Lake District, over the weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July 2013 returning to the Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, in East Cumbria.

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Latest additions are Lucy Rose, DJ Yoda, The Twang, Elite Force, Maribou State, 808 State (DJ set), Richard Norris, Ashley Beedle, North Base, Maths Time Joy, Misty Miller, Champs, Fossil Collective, Rubylux, Sykur, Monster! Monster!, Wolfie Razmatazz, Heymoonshaker, Birth of Joy, By The Rivers, More Like Trees, Polaroid 85, Resonators, Tako Lako, Will And The People, Wille and The Bandits, Cherub, Bandeoke, Andy Hunt presents The Breakfast Club, BMX Bandits, The Dunwells, The Last Party, Juveniles, Planes, Room Full of Mirrors, Seamus Mcloughlin, Camp Stag, The Righteous Bees, Tomorrow We Sail, Horace.B.Murphy The 3rd, Cavan Moran, Ocelus, DJ Mikey J, Arnivore, Roc Vicar, Lancaster Speakeasy, Robin Walker, Marris Chestnut, Tom Woodland, FreeAr, Chris Flynn, Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine Band, Hard And Monkey, Holly Clarke, Kriss Foster, Lazlo Baby, Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co, Molly Warburton Trio, Quincey Brown, Poeticat, Taylor & The Mason , The Dead Indians, Yossarians, Death To The Strange, Carnival Moon, Specs, Papa Guns, Flat Cap 3, Naymedici, Walk Like Fool Does, Ottersgear, DJ Sister Matic, V J Eefee, and Popeye.

They join Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans, & Primal Scream who headline. They top a line-up that will include I Am Kloot, Mystery Jets, Lightning Seeds (Acoustic), Ash, Fake Blood, and British Sea Power with a special show for their 10th anniversary. The line-up will also feature Mr Scruff, Foreign Beggars, Roni Size, Willy Moon, Dutch Uncles, Jackmaster, Dub Pistols, Kodaline, Wave Machines, Oneman, and Tricka Technology (Krafty Kuts, A Skillz & Dynamite MC), Bondax, Loadstar, Theme Park, Public Service Broadcasting, Monsta , Slamboree, Artwork, The 1975, Drenge, Dynamite MC, Grooverider, Public Enemy, Seasick Steve, Johnny Marr, The D.O.T., Mike Skinner (DJ set), Nina Nesbitt, Beans on Toast, Will Tramp, Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets), Gareth Brooks, Seelie, Dave Haslam, London Grammar, Sweet Baboo, and more. For the line-up details as available please click here.

On site

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, and more stages to be announced. This year all the compost toilets in the camp ground will be free to use.

The Academy

The Academy, is a new initiative in association with the University of Cumbria. The Academy will consist of a series of masterclasses, talks, Q&A's and 'open surgery' style sessions with a variety of music industry professionals and luminaries in the fields of music, art, journalism, creative writing, and photography. Tim Peaks Diner will be home for the Academy activities throughout the festival weekend. Speakers include Dean Chalkley, Pete Fowler, Dave Haslam, Pete Fowler, Jim Spencer & David Tolan, Tim Burgess, Elizabeth Alker, Carol Isherwood, Roy Wilkinson and Clare Tavernor, and acts performing over the festival weekend. Those interested in attending closed sessions should contact Kendal Calling.


This year's adult early bird tickets were snapped up in under 8 minutes. Weekend tickets are priced at £115 including camping. A Thursday early bird tickets was priced at £10 (only valid with a full weekend ticket), free for under 10s, and a car park ticket is £5. Tickets sold out last year in the middle of June.

Traditional festival camping is at no extra cost and included in ticket price. There is also the new and improved Emperors Fields camping on offer priced at £25 for adults, £12.50 for teens (aged 11-15 years), and under 11s can stay free, and there are also yurts and tipis accommodation in the Deer Lodge available.

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.

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Fancy dress theme

This year's theme sees Kendal Calling go to 'The Movies', with the whole festival a celebration of the movies, with every area of the festival taking on a different movie genre through cult classics and much-loved movies past & present. These include the Wild West complete with it's own Saloon bar, a spooky Horror area and Haunted House, an area for Pirates and the likes of Peter Pan, gangsters and molls, and magical adventures.

Saturday will be fancy dress day and festival-goers are encouraged to be get their thinking caps on for the leading role they will play this summer.In previous years revellers have showed incredible innovation and imagination in designing and donning costumes transforming the ancient Deer Park into a surreal wonderland.

As well as the movie themed décor Kendal Calling will have a vast array of performance art to excite, enlighten and entertain throughout the weekend, all in-keeping in this years movie theme.

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.

There will be more information here when available.

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