The Chief concern is Calling

Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs

This coming weekend Kendal Calling, the Lake District’s own pocket Glastonbury, will head back to the future – and past – in order to celebrate its 10th birthday.

From this Friday (July 30) to Sunday Kendal Calling ‘Goes Through The Decades’ at Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, and is challenging festivalgoers to dress up as a character from their favourite era.

Will you be a 1920’s flapper, 60s hippy, 70s dancing queen, 80s metal-head or 90s popster? Heroes and villains of all kinds will unite for this special anniversary bash, and maybe get lost in Eden...

Needless to say, in keeping with KC tradition this will be a party with an incredible soundtrack.

A genre-straddling roll-call of heavyweight artistes lead the line, with Elbow, James, Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines and the one and only Snoop Dogg lined up to rock the main stage.

And with sets from Public Service Broadcasting, Billy Bragg, The Horrors, The Levellers, British Sea Power, The Lancashire Hotpots, Embrace, and more – in total more than 100+ bands and singers – across two stages and in various festival venues, the music lover can expect four days of difficult decisions.

Kendal Calling has grown to be one of the UK’s most important festivals and Lost Eden will give people attending the chance to experience some great visual art alongside the music

New for 2015 is Lost Eden, an area/event inspired by the folklore of the surrounding Eden Valley.

Wander into the woodlands and discover a whole new level of escapism a world away from the main stages.

Expect stampedes led by opulent stags, weird encounters with mythical creatures inside giant, bespoke installations, and so much more—in short, a hotbed of art, music and culture nestled in four acres of beautiful woodland.

Lost Eden will be home to new performance spaces with packed programs of audio-visual content, as well as a host of other artworks and leftfield experiences throughout the weekend.

A fully immersive experience, Lost Eden presents 10 new art commissions, with high calibre works in a range of media, including projection-based and sculptural work.

With costumed processions through to giant puppets and gut-shuddering drum troupes, Lost Eden will play host to an abundance of performance too. Watch out for glowing stags, ballroom dancers, topiary-headed ladies and larger than life jellyfish – to name just a few.

Lost Eden artworks at Kendal Calling is supported by the Arts Council England. Alison Clark, Director Combined of the Arts Council, said, “Kendal Calling has grown to be one of the UK’s most important festivals and Lost Eden will give people attending the chance to experience some great visual art alongside the music.”

Kids too are well catered for, with The Little Bugs Hub offering a hive of activity including games, creative performance, madcap mayhem, chill out zones and critter craft activities.

Packed with entertainment, Kids Calling is a welcoming area for families with children from 0-10, shaded by teepees and activity bell-tents for under 3’s, where parents and little ones can relax and take time out from the crowds.

There’ll even be the option of taking time right out and immersing yourself in the on-site cinema, which will screen a stack of great movies including The Big Lebowski, Ghostbusters, Mr Nice and The Thing.

Some weekend and day tickets are still available at various prices. For more details see www.kendalcalling.co.uk/