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Kendal Calling Is Back Better Than Ever

By Oliver Hodgson

With just 20 days to go until Kendal Calling begins again, its set to be as amazing as ever. The festivals day splits and Kids Calling line up is all here!

As Kendal Calling is standing as one of the UK’s most beloved festivals, the team continues to add more unmissable programming to the fields for this year’s festival. With the recently announced theme of ‘Kendal Calling Goes Jurassic’, today the festival builds on a phenomenal lineup of music, comedy, arts, food and drink and more with a newly announced collaboration with Extinction Rebellion coming to the festival in 2019, plus a host of new activities added to the Kids Calling line up.

Making a stand across the world, Extinction Rebellion has lead one of the most impactful movements in modern history in pursuit of meaningful action and change to combat climate breakdown as a matter of distinct urgency. Taking action through activism and using peaceful disobedience, it’s a movement that has captured the attention of millions – demanding that now is the moment to affect change to challenge the ecological crisis faced by the planet and those species living on it.

In a unique collaboration with Kendal Calling, Extinction Rebellion will head to the fields this July – curating a very special area at the festival with a programme focused on raising awareness around climate change, species extinction and what can be done to make that change. From in-depth talks, workshops and film screenings, to screen printing and yoga sessions, expect it to be an insightful and entertaining area that points to a future we can all get behind. Make a change, and join a movement looking to change the world as Extinction Rebellion comes to Kendal Calling 2019.

A weekend packed full of entertainment suitable for all the family, Kendal Calling is a celebration where all ages, generations and families can combine for an unmissable weekend of memory making. Today, adding to the already dino-mite fancy dress theme of Kendal Calling ‘Goes Jurassic’, the festival reveals more prehistoric programming!

The news around Kids Calling and Extinction Rebellion comes with the reveal of Kendal Calling 2019’s official day splits, showcasing four sensational days and nights packed with unrivalled entertainment and performances.

Years & Years

With Thursday night kicking off the weekend with Orbital providing a star-studded show alongside Gomez, The Cuban Brothers and Sea Girls – Friday sees the imitable Nile Rodgers & CHIC dazzle with classics alongside pop sensations Years & Years, festival favourites Miles Kane, The Pigeon Detectives and Reverend & The Makers and many more. Saturday night witnesses the return of Doves, topping a bill that includes Manic Street Preachers, Gerry Cinnamon, IDLES, Slowthai, Maribou State, Dream Wife and The Subways amongst others – before Sunday night rolls into town with what’s sure to be an iconic headline set from Courteeners. Joined by Special Guest Tom Jones, Dermot Kennedy, The Fratellis, Jax Jones and more – it ensures that Kendal Calling is once again an unrivalled weekend in the summer festival calendar.

Credit Jody Hartley

All set in the incredible location of the Lake District’s Lowther Deer Park, this innovative, fan-focused, independent festival is renowned for more than just music and visitors will also enjoy four days of arts installations, comedy, cabaret, cinema, magic, gourmet food and real ale all within the confines of what is surely the most beautiful festival site in the UK. Lowther Park is a phenomenal setting for a festival, beautiful grass-land and photogenic woodland areas.

Kendal Calling wouldn’t be as amazing as it is without its dedicated team. The festival director Andy Smith has commented: “We’re thrilled to be heading into our 14th year with no less than five headliners! From anticipated headline slots, to Kendal Calling favourites, legendary sing-along dance anthems & spotlight spectacles, this year’s line-up is one of our most diverse yet, allowing us to bring huge headliners to the fields of Cumbria, as well as exciting female fronted-bands, and shining new stars, amongst the rest of the magic that is sprinkled across the festival site, from art installations, to comedy, cabaret, gourmet food, real ale and so much more!

“We cannot wait to welcome our Kendal-Callers, new & old back to the fields for an unforgettable weekend amongst the rolling hills, one which we hope will allow you to create lasting memories amongst your friends, family & new festival acquaintances.

“The countdown is officially on – we’ll see you in the fields!”

Kendal Calling has firmly established itself as one of the undisputed highlights of the increasingly busy summer calendar, regularly picking up awards including UK Festival Awards’ Best Medium Festival in 2016 and Marketing Campaign of The Year in 2018.

There are only a few tickets left, so fans are urged to get their tickets now to avoid disappointment.

See you in the fields for an epic Jurassic show of Spielberg-ian proportions!

Follow @KendalCalling and like the festival on Facebook for more info, or of course @KendalCalling on Twitter and Instagram.

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