We spent the weekend at a festival in the Lake District and barely got rained on. And that wasn’t the best bit…
Last week SpiceUK hit up Kendal Calling Festival in the Lake District, an award winning medium sized festival that’s making serious waves every year. I had never been before, but had heard great things so went into the four days with some expectations;
A lot of fun | A lot of views | A great atmosphere | Awful, awful weather
And luckily enough , 3 out of 4 were met! The whole weekend was a brilliant demonstration of how simple festivals can be to put on a bloody good time. So without further ado, let’s get into it..
The music for me was great, but perhaps not in the way you’d expect. Some of the main stage acts that we saw were brilliant, Stereophonics for example – who knew those veterans of the game could still tear it up!? So many singalong’s and the atmosphere was unrivalled. Also Circa Waves, Jake Bugg and naturally, Tinie Tempah was probably the highlight moment on the main stage. But unfortunately for me, that’s where it ended. If the festival wants to keep improving and growing, I feel that they’ll need to increase their depth of young, A-list bands and artists if they want to see more festival lovers through the door.
But never fear, there was a saviour and that came in the form of the smaller stage acts. One stage we became very good friends with was the Riot Jazz stage. There, brass and jazz bands brought a party atmosphere like no other. Perhaps it’s just my personal choice, but for me a larger than life big band is one of the easiest and best ways to get people dancing. Acts such as MSC Big Band were amazing, they were clearly loving their 45 minutes of fame on the stage and this resonated with the audience. Never have I seen so many people smiling, dancing and generally going mental to a big band cover of Daft Punk. Madness, sheer madness.
The art and culture on offer was our highlight of the weekend. What a lot of festivals are now realising is that we the people want culture, we want weird and wonderful things to look at, to get confused by and to remember. And this is where KC triumphed. Their Lost Eden forest was incredible – a windy path that took you through huge, imposing trees all lit up with lights and colour. This path would lead you to small stages, rum bar’s, cocktail vans and art displays; all as bizarre as the last.
My personal favourite part of Lost Eden was the light and music art exhibition put on by Brighton based artists ‘Ithaca’. This involved walking through trees all lined with coloured neon lights that pulsated, danced and moved to the beat of ethereal, ambient music that resonated from hidden speakers in the trees. I swear to god for 10 minutes I was transported to some Avatar-esque, astral planet. I don’t even care how crazy I sound, it’s the truth.
Organisation and camping
One thing that KC was brilliant for was it’s organisation and facilities. Compared to most festival loos, the toilets were practically bourgeoisie. There were ample facilities for things like phone charging, safe storage and showers and there was a good amount of food vendors. For facilities and organisation, you really couldn’t ask for more.
And lastly, what will stick in my mind, is the atmosphere. There was a WIDE range of people at KC, from teens enjoying their first messy festival to young families out for a fun few days of camping – which could have been strange, but it produced the nicest atmosphere. Incredibly chilled out, happy and up for a good time. There wasn’t the perpetual fear of getting a pissy cup thrown at you like some festivals, and it certainly wasn’t a bore. A really nice middle ground. Atmosphere = 10/10.
Head on over to Facebook to se our full photo gallery of the beautiful people that we met in the fields! If you were one of them, tag yourselves and your friends!