Kendal Calling – festival preview

Kendal Calling festival
Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria
27-29 July 2012

Kendal Calling, the independent music festival held in the Lake District and a forerunner of the boutique heydays springing up all over the place, is now in it’s seventh year.

This year it sold out its 9,000 capacity in record time and will see Maximo Park, Dizzee Rascal and James headlining the three days of the event with a plethora of other bands and attactions across the nine stages.

Louder Than War will be bringing you some live coverage from our reporters at the festival as well as reviews and interviews to follow. Here, we take a look at who’s a must see on the line-up.


Their highly anticipated debut album is due out in September and TOY will be on the Calling Out stage on Saturday (28 July). Signed to Heavenly TOY have already supported the likes of The Horrors and their sound takes in punk, psychedelia, krautrock and more.

Little Comets

Expect energetic, witty electro-indie from Little Comets on the Calling Out stage on Friday. Hailing from the north-east their debut album ‘In Search of Little Comets’ was released on Columbia and they’re firing up the alternative scene.

Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip

With a solo album just out Dan le Sac takes to the stage with long-term collaborator Scroobius Pip for a heady mix of dance beats, old skool hip-hop throwdowns and disco as they bring their alternative pop to the fields.

Hatcham Social

Latest album About Girls was released in the spring so expect songs from this and previous releases as this quintessential, ’90s influenced, pop band take to the Calling Out Stage on Friday.

We Are Scientists

The American indie-rockers, with a fantastic line in on stage banter to segue between power pop and elctro-indie hits, have been forced to cancel some of their UK dates due to singer Keith suffering throat issues so make sure you catch them at one of their remaining festival performances if you can.

Inspiral Carpets

One of the big three Madchester bands the Inspiral Carpets are back with original singer Stephen Holt and are rediscovering their roots as a psychedelic garage rock band.

Having completed a rapturously received headline tour and been out with Baggy contemporaries Happy Mondays around the UK the Inspiral Carpets are fully warmed up for the festival season and looking to get you pogo-ing along with hits such as Joe, This Is How It Feels and Saturn 5 as well as a couple of new numbers that prove these veterans of indie rock still have it.

Kendal Calling – festival preview

Tim Burgess and the Tim Peaks Diner 

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has had a busy 2012 with the release of his no-holds-barred autobiography, anniversary gigs for album Tellin’ Stories, being part of his own record label O Genesis and getting ready to release and tour solo material in the autumn. It was inevitable then that what started as some idle fun on Twitter – the Tim Peaks ‘metaphysical / metaphorical’ Diner – had to close its virtual doors.

Kendal Calling sees Tim take the diner from virtual to reality and will be serving up drinks and snacks (including the promotional cereal Kelloggs created from one of his tweets, AmazeBalls) he’ll also be giving readings from his book, acoustic performances and welcoming special guests, including Edwyn Collins and Roddy Frame, to join him.

Also worth checking out – Twisted Wheel, Victorian Dad, The Minx, Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show, Lucy Rose, and Dave Haslam on the decks.

See you in the fields, yeah?

All words by Sarah Lay. Sarah will be reporting back from Kendal Calling and you can read more from her on LTW here or follow her on Twitter.

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Sarah is a former editor of Louder Than War and a freelance music writer for numerous other publications online and in print. Co-owner of Reckless Yes Records she has put out music by LIINES, Pet Crow and lots of other awesome bands as well as put on shows by bands including Bivouac, Mark Morriss, Desperate Journalist and Dream Nails. She's an author, user experience designer and digital content strategist, as well as an occasional broadcaster. Sarah is a compulsive collector of coloured vinyl, a believer in the boogie and is in love with possibilities.


  1. Pretty sure the capacity this year is around 13,000 not 9,000 (which was about the capacity last year).

  2. […] Another magical weekend of music and mischief in Cumbria’s fields has come to a close – we take a look back at a few of the highlights of this year’s Kendal Calling. […]


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