Festival Preview: Kendal Calling 2018

Kendal Calling 2018

Lowther Deer Park, Lake District, 26-29th July

Words: Samantha Sadler

It’s finally that time of year again – Kendal Calling is back from 26 – 29 July and it’s another sold-out affair boasting a brilliant line-up. The festival, which has been around since 2006, has scooped up numerous awards and continues to remain a firm favourite for festival-goers across the country.

Nestled in Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District, this year will be the 13th year in a row that the festival has completely sold out and with good reason. Once again, the line-up has something for all the family across music, comedy and arts.


Headlining this year are the mighty indie kings themselves The Libertines with their classic British guitar-led hits, popular cool kids Catfish and the Bottlemen with their anthemic choruses and hip hop legends Run DMC.


Our Leeds favourites Marsicans will be there with their sunshine indie-pop and you can also expect cracking sets from the likes of Ocean Colour Scene, James & White Lies.


But before you flock to the fields armed with glitter and cans of cider, make sure you read the six unmissable acts for this year.


Tickets for Kendal Calling are Sold Out for 2018.

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Ones to Watch


Indigo Velvet

If you’re looking for the perfect festival band then we’ve got them right here. Edinburgh lads Indigo Velvet will bring their tropical-pop to the fields as they play the Woodlands Stage on Saturday. Their cheerful soundscapes featuring twinkling riffs and African-inspired undertones are certain to get you dancing away any hangover you may have from the day before. The quartet has already scooped up recognition from the likes of BBC Introducing and The Metro, expect great things from these guys!

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Carlisle’s very own answer to a modern day Oasis, Sugarspun have been on my radar for a little while now. They released their debut single, Spaceman Dreams, back in April and it’s a definite nod to indie influences from 80s/90s. Gritty rock and roll with britpop harmonies, don’t miss them on the new Yam Riot stage on Friday night – THE place to discover upcoming Cumbrian talent.

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Pale Waves


Gothic superstars Pale Waves are by no means new kids on the block but we’re big fans here at Popped and expecting great things from their live set. Oozing with resemblances to The Cure, the Manchester outfit radiate 80s vintage rhythms through their shimmery riffs and mystical synths. Their latest single kiss, which we featured as our Just Listen back in May, has been doing the rounds on Radio One recently and I can’t see this band slowing down any time soon.   

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Sam Fender

Newcastle favourite Sam Fender exploded onto the scene last year and he’s been gigging hard ever since. With similarities to Hozier, Fender’s gritty lyrics and gorgeous instrumentals have secured a solid fan base for the 22 year old who truly deserved the recognition on the BBC’s Sound of 2018. Make sure you catch him because this guy is going to be huge.

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Listen to Start Again here:


West Princes


Glasgow outfit West Princes stapled themselves as a BBC Radio Scotland favourite last year following the release of debut single Wet Bark Is A Slug and even bagged a spot as Ones to Watch in 2018 by Vic Galloway. Although they haven’t got many tracks online yet, Wet Bark Is A Slug is enough of a reason to head down to their set. If raw indie vibes and quirky riffs are your style, don’t miss them.

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Listen to Wet Bark is  A Slug here:




Northern rockers Scarlet. are no strangers to putting on a live show, having already supported the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses, Wolf Alice and Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats, so expect their Kendal Calling set to be explosive. Frontwoman Jessie is giving off serious girl power in their latest single BONES, in which you’d be mistaken for thinking you’re listening to Paramore. Some of the coolest kids on the block at the moment, they should be on your list. See you at the front!

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Listen to BONES here:

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