Big names on the bill as Kendal Calling turns 10

Kendal Calling 2014. Photo credit: Tom Martin

Kendal Calling 2014. Photo credit: Tom Martin

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There are less than two months to go to the 10th anniversary of the festival dubbed the Glastonbury of the North, Cumbria’s Kendal Calling.

The weekend of July 30 to August 2 will again see the picturesque fields of Lowther Deer Park welcome big international names.

Kendal Calling 2014. Photo credit: Bart Pettman.

Kendal Calling 2014. Photo credit: Bart Pettman.

This year’s surprise announcement is US rapper Snoop Dogg, who released his new album, Bush, last month.

The American – real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr – will be joined by Elbow, James and the Vaccines among the big names lined up to help the 10th annual event celebrate its birthday in style.

Indie rock act Elbow, formed in Bury, near Manchester, in 1997, claimed their first UK chart-topper just over a year ago with their sixth album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything.

Their Kendal Calling show is one of only two British dates they have lined up, the other being in London in September.

The last 10 years have been an incredible journey, and while we continue to grow year on year, it’s always been our mission to retain the look, feel and atmosphere that makes Kendal Calling so special

Event promoter Andy Smith

James, one of 2012’s Kendal Calling headliners, have no new material to promote, but they did reissue two of their old albums, 1993’s Laid and 1994’s Wah Wah, in expanded form last month.

The Manchester alternative rock act, formed in 1982 and reunited in 2007 after splitting up six years previously, notched up a No 11 hit with their last album, La Petite Mort, in June last year.

They are also playing at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgewick in County Durham, in August, along with 10cc.

The Vaccines, another indie rock act, also have one No 1 album to their name, 2012’s Come of Age.

Kendal Calling 2014. Photo credit: Tom Martin

Kendal Calling 2014. Photo credit: Tom Martin

The London band’s third LP since their formation in 2010, English Graffiti, is due out next month.

Among the other acts taking to the stage at this year’s festival are Suede, Kaiserchiefs, Frank Turner Kodaline, Happy Mondays, De La Soul, the Levellers, Embrace and Billy Bragg.

Sunderland’s Hyde and Beast, Ella Eyre – who had to pull out last year due to a throat infection – the Horrors, British Sea Power, Public Service Broadcasting, Kate Tempest, Lucy Rose and Turbowolf and many more complete the line-up.

Tickets, priced £119 to £135, sold out in record-time for the 10th anniversary gig – a full 19 weeks prior to the event itself as prior visitors failed to be deterred by last year’s mudbath.

The winner of the prize for the UK Festival Awards 2013’s best medium-sized event has always sold out, but this year saw the quickest sellout yet.

Again, families are being catered for, with a ‘quiet’ campsite helping those with little ones settle at night, along with an abundance of entertainments for mini Kendal Callers.

With activities including lots to do for children, workshops and performance art, there will be something for everyone.

Event promoter Andy Smith said: “Kendal Calling is all about the lovely people who attend the festival, and this year, they have excelled themselves.

“All the Kendal Calling team are bowled over by their enthusiasm for this show.

“The last 10 years have been an incredible journey, and while we continue to grow year on year, it’s always been our mission to retain the look, feel and atmosphere that makes Kendal Calling so special.

“It promises to be a very special 10th birthday bash.”

Having broken the world record for the most people dressed as Superman in one place in 2014, this year Kendal Calling revellers will attempt to break the world record for the most people moonwalking at the same time.

Visit www.kendalcalling.
co.uk for more information.