Kendal Calling 2016

around the festival site

Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st July 2016
Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, Cumbria, CA10 2HN, England MAP
£130 for the weekend, with camping - SOLD OUT
Daily capacity: 25,000
Last updated: Tue 26th Jul 2016

The 11th wholly independent Kendal Calling is held in the Lake District, over the weekend of Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st July 2016 returning to the Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, in the Lake District.


Latest additions Novelist, The Wytches, Yak, Nimmo, KLOE, Brawlers, Mind Enterprises, Prose, Kioko, Broadway Sounds, and special DJ sets from Slaves (DJ Set), Rat Boy (DJ Set), Phil Taggart (DJ Set), and M.A.X. (DJ Set).

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Rudimental, Madness, and The Charlatans will headline this summer's event. Also confirmed are Kelis, Maximo Park, Donovan, Teleman, James Walsh, Zibra, Eagulls, The Amazons, SlyDigs, Alias Kid, Sympathiser, Spring King, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Ash, Everything Everything, Band Of Skulls, The Hives, We Are Scientists, The Darkness, Blossoms, Rat Boy, Craig David, The Sugarhill Gang, Toddla T, David Rodigan, Shy FX, My Nu Leng, Eton Messy DJs, Barely Legal, SYV, Future Wildstyle, Flava D, and Amy Becker, plus a Hospital Records Takeover with Dynamite MC, MC Wrec & Fava, Fred V and Grafix, London Elektricity, Spy, Metrik, Nu:Tone, Logistics, Keeno, Krakota, Pretty Vicious, Hooton Tennis Club, Sundara Karma, Rag n Bone Man, Lightning Seeds, Tiggs Da Author, Milburn, Kiko Bun, The Rainband, Skinny Living, The Chadelics, Hardwicke Circus, Baggy Mondays, and many more.

For the line-up details as available see the Kendal Calling line-up page.

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 to be announced.


Tickets have sold out, they were priced at £130. A teen (aged 11-15 years) weekend camping monthly payment ticket was priced at £75, and a child (aged 6-10 years) weekend camping ticket was priced at £17.50. A child aged 5 years and under weekend camping ticket was free. Prices include booking fee.

Kendal Calling also had a monthly payment scheme. 

Last year's the festival sold out in March!

Over the last three years Kendal Calling has raised £100K for charity and will this year be supporting local drugs charity CADAS.

Fancy dress theme

This year Kendal Calling is going to throw its most colourful celebration to date! From the samba-shaking streets of Rio – to the stunningly scenic hills of the Lake District – Kendal Callings Carnival of Colour, is going to be an eclectic mix of magnificent parades, feathery frolics and frenetic energy. This will influence the decor plus the performance art  with the whole site in-keeping with the theme.

Lost Eden

The 'Lost Eden' woodlands of Kendal Calling return for a 2nd year with newly commissioned sculptures, performance art, talks, pop up cinema, virtual reality and more. It's centrepiece will be a gigantic illuminated spider by The Lantern Company and a Mechanical Heart of the Forest. The latter commission is presented by artist Felicity Jones, who has created sculptures for Glastonbury and Burning Man. The ephemeral steel and copper structure, pulsing with smoke and light into the small hours. The returning Carvetti Stage will host Post War Glamour Girls, Barry Hyde, The Hey Down Treaders, Mye Mi, Tom Peel, Rory Connor, LIVI, Beachmaster, Parade Close, Jake Houlsby, Dansi, Pop-up Puppet Cinema, and Twogood. New this year is The Lost Disco, a DJ booth inside a giant disco ball, opening at 8pm with a line-up including Kag Katumba, Soul Swing, Act.Natural, Kerouac, Symetrik, Twogood, Olsen, Kahwe, House of Wax, Carl Tait, Justkeys, Ki Creighton, Matt Robinson, and Mike Barty.

Performances in Lost Eden include Mr Wilsons Second Liners, Kitsche & Sync, The Magic Lantern Company, 'Ceirw – A Savage Hart' by Citrus Arts, and 'BEES! The Colony by Artizani'. The area will also be home to spoken word and panel discussions with JB Barrington, Trampolene, Dave Viney Presents, Bang Said The Gun, and a Louder Than War Q&A.

Digital piece The Hive will invite festival goers to explore the Lakes through the eyes of the birds thanks to virtual reality technology. Other special features include Brandon Ballengee, who will be bringing his Love Motel for Insects, and Anna Mulhearn's Cabin – which is built by the winner of the 2015 Shed of the Year on the Channel 4 programme, Amazing Spaces. New commissions also include Tatterdamelion Grove by Dave Young, The Celestial Sound Cloud by Pif Paf, and Conversing with Eden by Howard Ashley Storey.

Call for creatives

This year Kendal Calling are also looking for creative souls with bold ideas to become part of the rich tapestry of entertainment at the festival. The festival is inviting independent artists, walkabout performers, comedians, book authors, film makers, venue decor, workshops, dance classes, games, crafts, poets, kids activities & eccentrics to come and get involved at the tenth birthday spectacular!

Those with a creative spark can apply by clicking here.

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.

Although jam-packed with entertainment, Kids Calling is a welcoming area for families with children from 0 - 10, shaded by lovely teepees and activity bell-tents for under 3's, where parents and little ones can relax and take time out from the crowds.

Click HERE for information about all aspects of Kendal Calling.

There will be more information here when available.

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