Kendal Calling 2017 – Our ones to watch

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We can’t quite believe it’s been a year since we were last at Lowther Deer Park near Penrith for Kendal Calling. But in just over a week, 25,000 music fans will head back to the fields for what could well be the best festival of the summer.

Kendal Calling

Photo by: Scott Salt

When they announced the initial line-up back in January, it was pretty clear the 12th Kendal Calling was going to take some beating – in fact, it proved pretty popular and sold out in just over a week – but they had us hooked with two beautiful words – ‘Brian’ and ‘Wilson’.

We saw the Beach Boys founder playing Pet Sounds in its stunning entirety last May and can’t wait to enjoy it once again as the sun sets over the Main Stage. Bliss, right?

Worth the ticket price alone, Wilson will be joined by co-headliners MANIC STREET PREACHERS, EDITORS, FEEDER and Leeds’ very own POST WAR GLAMOUR GIRLS on the Saturday.

We’ve picked out some of the bands we’ll be heading to watch this weekend – and, if you’re there, we reckon you should join us.


Kicking things off on the Main Stage on Friday, the hotly-tipped Sheffield outfit will be proving they’re ones to watch. We caught them at Oporto last year and they were SO good – we knew they were heading to big things.


Heading back to the Woodlands Stage after a body-painted beauty of a set in the sunshine last year, the Leeds rockers will definitely be worth catching if you’re wandering round Lost Eden on Saturday afternoon.


The colourful Edinburgh quartet will bring sunshiney vibes whatever the weather. Their slick sun-kissed sounds have caught the attention of BBC Introducing DJs on both sides of the border. They’re a fun band to watch live, their tropical guitar pop matched only by the brightness of their Hawaiian shirts.


The kitchen-sink indie rock trio  are the only band to have ever played a full set while running a half-marathon. Fact. Other than that, their twisting, twitching melodies wrapped around huge singalong choruses are a good reason to head to the Calling Out Stage on Sunday Evening.


The Centre Stage 2016 winners follow in the footsteps of previous competitors Marsicans and Mexanines with a Woodlands Stage set on Sunday afternoon. The York four-piece have a wicked alt-rock sound, all stabbing guitars and wired vocals.


More Yorkshire treats take to the Woodlands Stage this weekend, with this Leeds five-piece continuing their cracking run of shows which has seen them supporting Maximo Park, Ocean Colour Scene and DMA’s.


You’re advised to stick around the Woodlands Stage after The indigo Project for this Wakefield collective. Led by songwriter and lyricist Jamie Lockhart, the band deliver a delicate, stirring alt-folk sound, picking up inspirations from Lockhart’s Scottish roots.


Fresh from his arena tour with Blink 182, Frank returns to Kendal Calling for a co-headline show which will no doubt draw a pretty massive crowd ready to Get Better. But not much does. It seems no festival line-up is complete without Frank Turner treading the boards, getting the crowds moving with his powerful folk-fused punk hits.

Although this year’s sold-out Kendal Calling sold out has yet to get started, sights are already being set on next year’s event, so keep your eyes peeled on news of that soon enough.

And if you can’t make it to this year’s sold-out Kendal Calling, fear not – you can watch highlights streamed live over on TWITCH.TV. Want to catch Stereophonics’ headline set on Friday night? No problem – tune in from 9.20pm. Fancy hooking up with Fickle Friends on Saturday afternoon? 5.30pm for that. And not a fleck of mud or airborne pints – good times.

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