Ones to watch at Kendal Calling 2016 – Part 1

This time next week, Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District will open it’s gates to tens of thousands of music lovers as the 11th KENDAL CALLING takes place.

Kendal Calling

Photo by: Scott Salt

With around 200 acts taking to 13 stages, there will be more than enough great music (and comedy) to suits all tastes and we’ve picked out a few must-see acts who really take our fancy.

Check out these artists, both fresh and familiar names, who we’ll be making sure we catch over the four days from Thursday, July 28 to Sunday July 31. These are just the first ten – find the rest of our list HERE.

ACTOR (Calling Out Stage)

Ethereal alt-pop singer-songwriter from Leeds, Actor is appearing at a few festivals this summer. Winner of this year’s prestigious PRS Women Make Music award, Actor (a collaboration between singer Louisa Osborn, producer Chris Mulligan and drummer Ste Anderson) has been making waves since her debut release Feline last summer. Check out her latest tune, Power, below >>

ASH ( Main Stage)

The Irish trio are celebrating 20 years since the release of their debut, 1977, this year and will be bringing classic singles Girl From Mars, Oh Yeah, Goldfinger and more to the Main Stage on Thursday night. If you need reminding of their brilliance, check out Girl From Mars below >>

BARRY HYDE (The Carvetti Stage)

Last month, the Futureheads frontman released his debut solo album, Malody – a stark and stunning journey through mental health and depression chronicled with that inimitable voice. The subject matter is fairly heavy, but the delivery sparkles with spiky piano hits and orchestral swells. Check out Sugar below >>

BLOSSOMS (Calling Out Stage)

Very much the band of the moment, Stockport five-piece Blossoms are riding high ahead of the release of their debut album out on August 5. Their instant-hit guitar-pop grooves have earned them a huge following, and their headline slot at Kendal Calling on Friday will be a popular one. Make sure you’re in the Calling Out tent early to catch them. Check out recent single Charlemagne below >>

BRAWLERS (Jagerhaus)

The Leeds pop-punk four-piece are a force to be reckoned with. Their live shows are pretty wild, with frontman Harry usually spending more time on the dance floor than the stage. No doubt fuelled by Jagermeister, their Kendal Calling performance will definitely be one not to miss. They’ve just released The Black EP and it’s ace. Check out lead tune Day Job below >>


Van McCann and band have blown up since their last Kendal Calling show two years ago. Their shows sell out in minutes, their fans go mental and their new album, The Ride continues to propel them into the indie-rock stratosphere. Their Main Stage slot will be nuts. Be there.

COLOUR (Woodlands Stage)

Bursting with infections hooks and sing-along anthems-in-the-making, new kids on the indie-pop block Colour will be a more than familiar name in the near future. To celebrate the release of their debut Kafe EP, they’re giving away some merch before their Woodlands Stage set, so if you like free swag, head on over early afternoon on the Sunday. Check out new tune Kerosene below >>

EAGULLS (Calling Out Stage)

Leeds psychedelic gloom-pop lot Eagulls channel the best of the shoegazing 80s with a stirring sound best suited for a John Hughes soundtrack. Their new album Ullages is a reverb-drenched triumph of shimmering guitars and soaring (if a little surly) vocals. Check out new tune Velvet below >>


The fuzzy, scuzzy lo-fi grunge pop trio have been on our radar for a while now, but we’ve not managed to catch them live. That’s all set to change next weekend. Armed to the teeth with some quality riffs, the Manchester band have caused a bit of a stir this last year. Go watch them. It’ll be rad. Check out new tune Give It Your Worst below >>

FIZZY BLOOD (Calling Out Stage)

This Leeds five-piece kick up a pretty cool rock racket – punk rock laced with the dramatics of The Icarus Line and plenty of feel-good, fist-pumping riffs as their name suggests. We’re well up for wigging out to this lot on the Saturday

For all the Kendal Calling line-up, including day splits, head over to the festival’s Facebook page or If you’ve not got your tickets yet, why the hell not?! there are literally a handful left. Go get ’em!

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