Can’t ignore the Callingys

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It’s hard to ignore the hype and excitement surrounding Kendal Calling Festival, which opens its gates into the beautiful surroundings of Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District this weekend.

Last week, I featured an interview with The Basement Jaxx, just one of the well known artists performing on the main stage over the course of the festival.

But it’s not all about the well knowns, as many Lancaster and Morecambe based musicians will attest.

The festival is renowned for showcasing some of the best the area has to offer musically, and this year is no exception.

The festival’s website this week features an interview with Stephen Mildwater from The Feud, who are currently residing in Lancaster recording their debut LP, and headline the Woodlands Stage on Saturday night.

The Woodlands, a half secret outdoor stage at the heart of the festival, is pretty much a homage to the North of England’s music scene which is enjoying a renaissance by all accounts. On this stage you will find performances from The Heartbreaks, Gritty Britain, Joe McCorriston, Nancy Kent, Bad Bad Me, and Alex Hulme among many other northern acts.

Also on the the festival’s home page ( is a nod to the Songsmith Solar Stage, situated on the edge of the campsite outside the main arena, a kind of half way house on the road to and from the tents.

Lancaster’s Kriss Foster will be performing here on Saturday, and on the Sunday, The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co and Molly Warburton also provide a real alternative to the other stages. The Jagermeister stage (can’t wait!) also features the city’s Lake Komo and Katy Pickles.

If you can’t wait until tomorrow, or you’re not able to get to the festival, why not hit the Yorkshire House in Parliament Street for a free Kendal Calling warm up show for a little taste? Music comes from Molly Warburton, Joe McCorriston, Lake Komo, Nancy Kent, and headliners The Mispers.