GEORGE EDMONDSON writes....The shin high mud and patchy weather performance failed to make this years Kendal Calling anything but a great weekend bursting with music, rain ponchos and overpriced food.
The weekend commenced with a hassle free entrance to Lowther Deer Park on Thursday afternoon.
Tactfully making camp ‘inland’, away from the stench of overflowing urinals and paths, that within a matter of hours, would have submerged any tents which dared to stray to close to the constant flow of festival go-ers. with a beer in hand we slowly made our way to the arena, where our night kicked off with an upbeat set from Craig Charles.
As the main body of people entered the site on the Friday, we were discovering the true cost of a festival lifestyle.
Not only the cricked back from a rather rugged bed, but mostly the cost of a chicken curry.
Truly showing their worth as Friday night headline act, Suede brought the festival to life, playing through their long list of hits including ‘Film Star’ and ‘So Young’.
But it was the Dub Pistols superbly polished set in the dance tent that became the pinnacle of my night.
Adopting the laid back lifestyle of the average teenage festival go-er, the day didn’t start till the later hours of the afternoon.
Helpfully stumbling across a gazebo filled with equally hungover people, we began planning our third night.
Up and coming acts from the local artists was our goal for the evening with the likes of Bondax and Aquilo playing from the calling out stage, both delivering with truly unique sounds. However, the beauty of this small scale festival is stumbling across bands and acts you didn’t plan to see. For me, the Riot Jazz and Chai Wallah stages were the main point of call for new and alternative music styles.
Sunday became my chance to thoroughly explore the rest of Kendal Calling, which has much more to offer than just live music.
For families, The Ladybird tent offers live theatre performances - to keep any younger children entertained.
There are also a growing number of speciality food tents, festival essentials and the odd charity shop which seem to prevent boredom successfully.
As Sunday evening approached we once again made our way back to the arena Where a professional set was delivered by Clean Bandit. The atmosphere was raised yet again by Miles Kane who dominated the rainy set with ease before the main stage came into full swing with a headline act in the form of Example.
The party continued well into the early hours of Monday morning after a great last night of meeting new people and listening to great music.
I think I’m in the majority when I say that Kendal Calling 2014 was an outright success. Long may it continue.