The rain might have dampened (drowned) the ground but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the festival goers at Kendal Calling this year. The incredible festival located in the picturesque Lowther Deer Park lived up to it’s high expectations and coped with the weather conditions without a hitch.

Friday was headlined by the awe inspiring Nile Rogers and Chic who performed a greatest hits of all the greatest band he had worked with. Their performance just demonstrates the musical talent Nile Rogers has and endless list of musicians he has worked with. This wasn’t the only stand out act of the day. The main stage was filled to watch Reverend and the Makers create a party like no other with thousands of people dancing to ‘Open Your Windows’ and ‘Bassline’ before Kyle Falconer slowed things down with his melodic solo album in the Calling Out tent.

Saturday was just a day of rain, but once you embraced the inevitable trench foot and get in the thick of it there was plenty of fun to be had. Red Rum Club kicked the day off with their unique sound reverberating around the Calling Out tent reinvigorating the lifeless souls that had got up early to see them. Gerry Cinnamon lifted the spirits even more with people dancing in the mud lakes and belting out the very apt lyric “Here comes the rain!”.

No Hot Ashes were one of the highlights of the weekender bringing a huge crowd to the Woodlands and treating them to some of their new songs of their debut album due out on the 16th August. Finishing a very wet Saturday at the Woodlands stage was Twisted Wheel who had arguably the best performance i’ve seen from the band.

The campsites were a little emptier upon arising on Sunday morning due to large masses of people giving in to the weather and leaving early, which turned out to be a mistake as the weather held out for the majority of Sunday. The Snuts opened the main stage with their incredible live performance before The Lancashire Hotpots got everybody in the dancing mood with their unique take on familiar songs.

Perhaps the best (and most unexpected) performance of the weekend was an hour long DJ set by Thomas Turgoose on Sunday afternoon where he had to be told multiple times by security to calm it down – to no avail. Courteeners closed the festival with an incredible performance and a very proud Liam Fray who told the crowd about how long he’s wanted to headline to festival; and even played a new song.

Kendal Calling is already on-sale for 2020 with an even bigger lineup expected to grace the fields.

Written by: Stuart Daley Photo by: Jody Hartly