Beasts and Machines theme for Kendal Calling

plus Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Tom Williams & The Boat, Mr B, and more

By Scott Williams | Published: Tue 31st May 2011

Kendal Calling 2011 - Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
Photo credit: Zelah Williams

Kendal Calling 2011

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2011
Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, East Cumbria, CA10 2HN, England MAP
£95 for weekend with camping - SOLD OUT
Daily capacity: 8,000

Kendal Calling have announced more acts and this year's dress-up 'Beasts and Machines' theme for July's festival held in the Lake District.

Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
The 'Beasts and Machines' theme is inspired by the Monstrous Garden and Riot Jazz areas, and sees woodland creatures turning intergalactic, as wild animals meet infernal machines, bringing with them Victorian mayhem in the wilderness.

Acts also added to the bill include Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Tom Williams & The Boat, Sophie Barker, Liz Lawrence, Gabrielle Aplin, and Dimbleby & Capper who will all play on the Get Loud in Libraries Stage. The Library massive will host live music on the Friday and be open for books, tea, cake and Rockanory (bedtime stories read by rock stars).

Confirmed for the Riot Jazz Stage are house band the Riot Jazz Brass Band, Extra Love, Paper Tiger, RastaMau5, and more live acts to be announced.

Decorated out like a big front room, The Soapbox Stage returns with comedy, DJs and storytelling and features a headline set from Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, plus Tim Burgess (DJ set), Dave Haslam, Marvin Cheeseman, George McKay, Dicky Dippinson, Bushpig, The Sky Muffins, Skint & Demoralised, The Witch And The Robot, Craig West, Robin Walker, Karl Yates, and Hat Club DJs. There will also be poetry each afternoon from the likes of Mike Garry and Chris Jam before dusk descends for some live burlesque.

Soapbox comedy comes from the likes of Mitch Benn, Silky, Jim Smallman, Barry Dodds, Gary Delaney (comedian), Danny McLoughlin, Chris Turner, and Martin Mor.

Hip Hop Houseparty Saturday features beatboxer Jack Bee, DJ Helz, Oldboy, Taste the Diffrence, Pogo and games Pimp My Ride, Hip Hop photobooth, Hip Hop wheel of fortune, and free gin & juice cocktails for the best dressed & house party dollars to spend on tat!

New for 2011 at Kendal Calling is the Monstrous Garden where fireflies come to life at nightfall, and strange animals prowl around high above. Come dressed as an ugly bug and join the parade of the weird and wonderful creatures of creation. Monstrous Garden will host the Kaylied Stage, offering on Saturday an Ugly Bug Hoe Down with Cut a Shine and inviting festival goers to dress up as insects and try some cricket hopping, dung and spoon race and more but watch out for the fly swat team.

The Ladybird area will return with a programme of performance and craft workshops for all with a different theme each day. The Happy Slap Circus are hosting a tent full of music, walk around performers, games masters and makeup artists, mustache musketeers hosting group games such as mustache Jenga and 'Pin the Mustache on the Freddy Mercury'.

Other entertainment includes the Animal Dance Master Championships, Rave Aerobics, Human Jukebox and Zebra Burlesque.

Weekend camping tickets for Kendal Calling are now sold out but there will be a limited resale of tickets from the deposit scheme that have not been paid off on Thursday 2nd June. Tickets buyers were offered a deposit scheme option where £35 is paid to secure the ticket and then the rest is paid off six weeks before the festival. Ticket buyers who purchased tickets through the deposit scheme must pay for their ticket before Wednesday 1st June to secure their pass. Adult weekend tickets were priced at £95, a child (11-14 years) weekend ticket was priced at £50, and children under 11 can attend for free, but need a ticket.

Only Thursday tickets and coach & ticket packages available. To buy tickets, click here.

There will be a limited ticket resale at 9am on Friday 3rd June.

Acts already confirmed include the Levellers performing a 20th anniversary show of 'Levelling The Land', Echo and the Bunnymen, Mr Scruff, Beardyman, a Northern festival exclusive of Tim Burgess & Mark Collins' The Charlatans (acoustic), Blondie, Chase & Status, The Cribs, and The Whip. For the full line-up to-date, please see here.

Kendal Calling is held in the Lake District, over the weekend of Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 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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