Kendal Calling 2012 Preview
Born in 2006, Kendal Calling is an award winning small festival run annually in the beautiful surrounds of the Lake District. It has come a long way since its inception, doubling in its capacity from 4,000 in 2008 up to 8,000 revellers this year, who should all be looking forward to the myriad of musicians and variety of entertainment on offer. The count-down shows only one week and one day to go now, so what exactly should we be looking forward to, after all it describes itself as a great place for local talent, world renowned artists, unique site art, fancy dress and activities for family and children…
The site this year looks to be a little different, with the addition of Tim Peak’s diner, Chai Wallahs and The Kube, but also the return of the great Jazz Riot tent, the Happy Slap Boutique, Glow Dance Tent, The Woods, House Party, and the Calling Out Tent. Tim Peak’s diner, which will be serving the exclusive Totes Amazeballs, brings to life the radio version created by Charlatan’s frontman Tim Burges and will be serving up music, DJs, Q&As, book readings, poetry and tea. Chai Wallahs, bringing a shisha lounge and their own festival stage, which will play host to the legendary Craig Charles Funk & Soul show and excellent newcomer Benjamin Francis Leftwich (plus personal favourites Juan Zelada and Slamboree). The Kube is brought in by Kopparberg, and will feature great local DJing talent, as well as importing acts from elsewhere at the festival – all to be washed down with cider.
The line up slotting into the arena looks bigger and better yet again for 2012. If 2011’s performance by Blondie, Frank Turner, Chase & Status, House of Paine and the Cribs were anything to go by, 2012 could cause a landslide. This year, the headliners include 2012’s big festival hopper Dizzee Rascall, stalwarts James, the ever under represented Maximo Park, the great beats and wordsmithery of Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, rockers Feeder and the big new boys of 2012, Spector. Of course, this isn’t all there is to listen to, so check out the full line up to see who the local boys are as well.
Personally, I will be making a b-line to see Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, whose great albums Angles and The Logic of Chance are both incredibly insightful, moving and politically inspired back by superb beats. Similarly, Scroobius Pip and his full band will be there with his solo material, which is equally genius and I will forever be inspired by the words “you see a mousetrap, I see free cheese and a ****ing challenge.” Also, the more subtle and enjoyable tones of Juan Zelada, a blues/folk style singer and songwriter should not be missed, similarly King Charles’ dulcet tones should be caught live whenever possible. I would also recommend seeing Spector, with their debut album due this year, they are going to be rocking the socks off of anyone who catches their high energy music. Of course, we all should know where we stand with Dizzee, James and Feeder!
There is also the customary fancy dress Sunday. Last year’s was pretty spectacular and we have some great shots of some pretty obscure costumes, including the iPod playing a Frank Turner song, to a Darth Vader Rabbit crossover. This year’s should be even more weird and wonderful, being fairy tale & comic books. With the Dark Knight Rises coming out this week, the Avengers and Spiderman both in recent months, I expect to see a field full of superheroes. I intend to dust off my Indiana Jones outfit (there were comics, it is entirely a valid costume). Other great things will be the family entertainment and the Cumbria Olympics, which in the year of 2012 should not be missed as they will, no doubt, be more entertaining than the actual Olympics this year.
When the sun has gone down, the bar in the campsite should still be rocking as we hear there is a small music stage in it, but I believe heading over to the Glowdance Tent, with its wonderfully luminescent interior, should satisfy you party cravings, continuing until 3am. In fact, so is the Houseparty, Chai Wallahs, Happy slap, Riot Jazz and Sailor Jerrys! So when the music on the stage stops nothing else will.
The weather outside now looks horrid, and has done for what seems like forever now. The grey clouds have barely broken and its just rained non-stop. However recent weather reports suggest we may be getting good weather this time next week, so, fingers crossed, sun will bless the festival as it did last year! I recall lying in the heat with a wet towel across my forehead trying to cool down – it could have been a hangover though, I can’t quite recall that detail. So, perhaps having waterproofs and wellies will be a smart idea regardless of what the forecasts say.
See You In The Field!