FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Kendal Calling 2017

Celebrated Northern festival, Kendal Calling returns for its 2017 programme to the gorgeous scenic surroundings of Lowther Deer Park in The Lake District. Crowned the ‘UK’s Best Small Festival’ by popular live ticketing agent Skiddle, this year’s event surely does live up to the significant hype. Providing entertainment for all ages, the large billing includes established favourites such as Manic Street Preachers and Jake Bugg, praised up-and-comers DMA’s and if that’s not enough, also attending this year for an exclusive performance is Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. If all this doesn’t deserve a certified gold tick, then we don’t know what will.

To narrow in on some of the great hidden gems of the festival, we have compiled a short list of a few must-see acts from across the music weekender.


After a hugely successful debut album landed FEWS directly in prime position for ‘Best New Find of 2016’, the group were invited out to supply the opening entertainment at a bunch of shows with alt-rock stalwarts Pixies. Proving that live is the best way to experience FEWS, their stop-off in the Calling Out Tent will be a frantic, messy, unparalleled joy to witness.

FEWS play Calling Out Tent on Saturday.


The unapologetic pop of OUTLYA is sure to get those lungs warmed up, if you’re ever in need of an alternative option to OneRepublic, then look no further. Participation is encouraged and necessary at an OUTLYA show (those harmonies won’t sing themselves, y’know). Thrilling singalong’s aside, the main draw is the lyrical package – authentic, uplifting, bold. Enjoy your time on OUTLYA Island, for once sampled, the craving will kick in for more visits.

OUTLYA play Calling Out Tent on Sunday.

Elle Mary

Manchester singer/songwriter Elle Mary will play an early slot on the Friday, delivering chilling folk to all who huddle in-front of the intimate Carvetti stage. Truest expression, you might say, comes from great strife and personal revelation, and Mary isn’t shy to venture this way forth. Her musical explorations are hardly bereft of feeling, nor are they woolly imitations of life lived. Her music is potent and real, viscerally engaged and often phrased in a quaint, cradle-like song structure to allow the rawness of her material to rise to the top.

Elle Mary plays Carvetti Stage on Friday.

Faux Pas

Raucous indie from York’s Faux Pas will sure beat those end-of-festival blues away on the final day. Tapping into the wild energy of The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys, the young group decisively hark back to the frequently reminisced days of ‘the ’00s indie scene’. This is one ‘faux pas’ that isn’t in any way wrong.

Faux Pas play Woodlands Stage on Sunday.

Hello Operator

Desert rock is rife in the catalogue of Hello Operator, expect gargantuan riffs and hook after hook of timely commentary delivered by a powerhouse vocal husk. Comparisons to QOTSA, Royal Blood and The White Stripes are inevitable but Hello Operator are sure one hell of a ride smarter than most. Tune into their set and be knocked ten steps backwards in steer astonishment.

Hello Operator play House Party Stage on Friday.


Faithfully au naturel in their musical endeavours, London-based Paradisia nurture a refreshing vocal-led inclination in this new pop climate. Subtly backed by classical inflections of strengthening sound, the music is little but background for the trio’s impeccable voices to soar atop. Leaving Paradisia’s set to be one of those ‘Can’t Miss’ moments.

Paradisia play House Party Stage on Friday.

Circa Waves

Certain to provide great thrills and fast-paced indie action, Liverpool’s own Circa Waves steer straight into a prime spot on the Main Stage. Hot off the heels of album two and a slew of sold-out dates across the globe, the four-piece will bring staples ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Fire That Burns’, along with well-loved summer classic ‘T-Shirt Weather’ and the rebellious ‘Young Chasers’.

Circa Waves play The Main Stage on Friday.


Indie rock has a lot to thank Palace for. Their home-brew of modern blues, startling reverb and sumptuous rhythm oozes style and comfort. Upon releasing their debut album, they have become a force to be reckoned with. The Palace train doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, this seasoned live band know the festival site well and are sure to impart yet another fierce performance in 2017, as they did in 2015.

Palace play Calling Out Tent on Sunday.

Kendal Calling will take place over the weekend of 27th-30th July 2017 at Lowther Deer Park in The Lake District. For up-to-date information on the event, visit:

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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