Kendal Calling


The line-up at this year's Kendal Calling includes, so far: Courteeners; Doves; Manic Street Preachers; Chic featuring Nile Rodgers; Orbital; Tom Jones; Years & Years; Rival Sons; Gerry Cinnamon; Miles Kane; Gomez; The Fratellis; IDLES; KT Tunstall; Dermot Kennedy; Mystery Jets; Slowthai; Badly Drawn Boy; The Subways; Nina Nesbitt; The Joy Formidable; Dream Wife; The Big Moon; The Rifles; Blood Red Shoes; Sea Girls; Beans On Toast, with more announcements coming soon.


Beautiful location in Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, in the Lake District. Hackthorpe (near Penrith), Cumbria. CA10 3DY


Penrith train station is a 10 minute taxi ride from the festival site. There is also a convenient shuttle bus every 15 minutes from the station. There is car parking on site and plenty of signs to the festival arena from all directions.


Kendal Calling 2019 will take place from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July 2019


25,000 capacity per day.

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2019 will see the 14th edition of this hugely successful Kendal Calling. This totally independent festival boasts great line ups, a dreamy Lake District setting and a wonderful "away from it all" atmosphere. And, although the headliners are becoming more impressive year on year, this family friendly music festival certainly manages to retain its independent and non-commercial feel.

The many different areas include a range of eight music stages, a cinema, food, clothing and gift markets,  a kid's arena  - Kids Calling, and a Garden of Eden pamper area.

Each year has a theme - 2016's was "Carnival of Colour"  - and the whole festival site is immersed in this. Seeing really is believing when it comes to the transformation of the festival site, along with works from independent artists, which can be found in every corner.

Kendal Calling was awarded the Best Medium Size Festival Award at the 2016 UK Festival Awards and it even received a Best Toilets award in 2015!

What we love about this festival.

There is just so much to do at this festival and something for everyone.  The intimate finishing touches can be experienced everywhere. We love the fact that, compared to other similar sized festivals, the walk from the drop off point to the campsite is not too  long and the stages are quite close together in the arena.

Camping and Glamping Options

The 4 campsite areas are adjacent to the arena. There is the traditional festival camping area, where you can party loud and late. The Emperor's Field area gives you a few more comforts and is ideal for those wanting a more refined experience and for families. There is also a campervan field.You could even pay £32.50 to upgrade to Club Class camping and use the luxury showers, loos and pamper area.  The Deer Lodge offers affordable luxury camping with bell tents, yurts and tipis - why not treat yourself?!

Past lineups

Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Tinie Tempah, Brian Wilson performs Pet Sounds, The Zutons, Ash, Calvin Harris, The Levellers, Dizzee Rascal, Kaiser Chiefs and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. 2017 TBA.Check out these great names: Blondie, Calvin Harris, James, Feeder, The Charlatans, Primal Scream, The 1975, Johnny Marr, Suede, Frank Turner, Example, Elbow, The Vaccines, Kaiser Chiefs and Snoop Dog.

Kids and families

The dedicated Kids Calling area for your little ones, shows how family friendly this festival is. There is an abundance of entertainment aimed at families from the carnival, family cinema, workshops, games areas, creative performances, TV character appearances to a book area where children can have some quiet time to read or to listen to the story-tellers. What more could you want to make sure your kids have just a great time as you?

A touch of luxury

We think that Kendal Calling has one of the best selections of glamping options on offer at a UK music festival. And, with a dedicated spa area to boot, this festival is for you if you want to rock and repose all in one weekend. The "Garden of Eden" area offers one hour body massages, yoga classes and even a hair salon so that you can have some "me time"!

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