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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Thousands brave the mud to enjoy stellar line-up at Kendal Calling festival

THOUSANDS flocked to see a stellar line-up of international superstars, local talent, and the sort of trendy talent that Radio 6 DJs rave about at this year’s Kendal Calling.

Suede was the ‘must see’ headliner on a muddy Friday, but talented emerging acts such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, tipped by many to be a massive hit in the future, drew crowds to the Calling Out tent.

Kendal Calling has grown in stature over recent years, progressing from Small Festival of the Year to Medium Festival of the Year, drawing prestigious acts such as Catfish and the Bottlemen to the festival.

“Beth Smith, 18, from Barrow, said: “They’re amazing. They’re my favourite band and to see them at Kendal again is so exciting.”
“The boys started as they meant to go on, smashing their way through Rango with the crowd giving them as much energy back.”

Festival-goers were greeted with torrential rain and several areas of the site, at Lowther Deer Park, gradually turned into a quagmire.
Suede went down a storm, rolling off classic hits such as ‘Beautiful Ones’ and ‘Trash’, both top ten hits in the nineties.

Ella Eyre was due to play the main stage, replaced due to illness by Leeds-based indie band The Sunshine Underground.

Areas of the festival had already been open on Thursday, with early birds treated to a barnstorming set from Craig Charles, who flew via helicopter straight from his role as Lloyd in Coronation Street.

The festival’s popularity has drawn a plethora of new sponsors, including the University of Cumbria, who had an Academy Tent, ran by students, featuring magicians, talks, and films.

New Balance, who employ hundreds of Cumbrians in their Flimby-based shoe factory, gave away shoes as competition prizes in their mini garden.

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(didn't go this year)poor line-up again, can't believe KC wins awards - not a patch on Glastonbury, Latitude etc. typical half efforts by north west promoters...

Posted by D on 3 August 2014 at 01:44

Well yes Nigel, its obviously not Glastonbury and that's perhaps a good thing

Posted by Bob on 3 August 2014 at 00:00

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