Returning to its picturesque location in Lowther Deer Park in July is Kendal Calling. This years festival is headlined by Courteeners, Doves, Manic Street Preachers, Nile Rodgers & Chid and a very special guest performance by Tom Jones! If this list of headliners isn’t enough to attract you to one of the best festivals in the country then hopefully this article will show you the rest of the bands you need to watch at Kendal Calling.

This is arguably my favourite festival and each stage has it’s own unique appeal that outweighs the downside of your favourite trainers being stained red for the rest eternity. Kendal Calling has all the usual attractions you would expect from a festival of its size, however nothing really prepares you for the beauty of the site and the large variety of things you can do to take a break from the music from the many food stalls to long walks through the woodlands and art exhibitions and from the comedy acts to the marching bands.

Here I am going to give 10 of our top picks to see at Kendal Calling that you may or may not already have on your schedule.

Twisted Wheel

Jonny Brown and Twisted Wheel are back at Kendal Calling after filling the HouseParty stage last year and this year they will have a new album under their belt as well as fan favourites. I recently saw them on their tour in Huddersfield and I can’t wait to see them again in the outdoors.

Gerry Cinnamon

Gerry Cinnamon has rapidly become one of the biggest artists from the UK at the moment, his self-made notoriety is down to his incredible music and very recognisable Scottish accent and upbeat tempo on stage.

Reverend & The Makers

Reverend & The Markers are a must see at any festival. Jon McClure is an incredible frontman and knows how to get the party going and with songs like ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ and ‘Bassline’ it’s easy to see how crazy it can get.

Red Rum Club

The Scouse cross Mariachi sextet Red Rum Club are a must see this year. Their debut album ‘Matador’ has gone down brilliantly and have just completed a packed out UK tour. If there’s one thing you do at Kendal Calling it’s going to see Red Rum Club.

The Snuts

Anthemic Scottish band The Snuts are a band certainly on the incline. They’ve landed themselves slots and Mad Cool, Y Not Festival, Live At Leeds, The Great Escape and This Is Tomorrow festival to name a few.

Ten Tonnes

Since releasing his debut album Ten Tonnes has fired into the spotlight and has been relentlessly touring the UK to sold-out venues up and down the country. Ten Tonnes’ fresh sound mixes effortless melodies with catchy lyrics to create a beautiful blend.

Kyle Falconer

Formerly of The View, Kyle Falconer has released his solo album ‘No Thank You’ which is a beautifully slowed down encapsulation of all The View songs we know and love. Falconer still puts song from his previous band in his set but he’s certainly not just living off their hype.

No Hot Ashes

This is the year for No Hot Ashes, they’ve built their name up and developed their sound and now they’ve the hoards of screaming fans that follow them everywhere. No Hot Ashes are releasing their debut album ‘Hardship Starship’ in August before their biggest headline to date at 02 Ritz Manchester so make sure you catch them before they take off.

The K’s

The K’s are a back to basics, noisy indie rock band coming from a small town in Newton-Le-Willows and compensation for it with their energy and noise on the stage. Their anthemic songs are clearly influenced by bands like The Jam, The Ramones and with a huge helping of Brit Pop.


If you’ve not already head of Cassia then you really need to start listening to different playlists. Cassia have been every where for the past year and have just released their debut album ‘Repulica’. Cassia have a very similar sound to Vampire Weekend and the laidback guitar riffs are perfect to chill to at a festival.

Kendal Calling wouldn’t be the same with The Lancashire Hotpots resurrecting your hungover body on a Sunday so I had to make a special place for them on this list of bands to see at this year’s festival.

Written by: Stuart Daley