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Written by George Shaw   
25 05 2012

ImageSet in the stunning, picturesque surroundings of beautiful Lake Disctrict, Kendal Calling returns this year for its most anticipated year, with a line up featuring a healthy mix of exciting, new artists and established, experienced festival headliners.

Without further ado, Friday night's bill will be headed up by the mighty Maximo Park, a tour de force of talent hailing from the North and bringing their blend of quality lyricism and arresting music. Saturday night will see the return to Kendal Calling of the one-and-only Dizzee Rascal who is guaranteed to stand up tall on the main stage! Closing the show on the Sunday night will be Indie kings James, who became a British institution in the 90's with their blend of folk pop, they'll bring hits like "Say Something", "Laid" and the legendary "Sit Down" which are guaranteed to make everyone get up!


Also on the all-star bill are:
We Are Scientists / The View / Tribes / Spector / Dj Yoda And The Transiberian Marching Band / Ryan Keen / Ghostpoet / Juan Zelada / Lucy Rose / Rae Morris / Pete Roe / Benjamin Francis Leftwich / King Charles / Jack Martello / Spring Offensive / Jake Evans (Bad Lieutenant) / Extra Curricular / Beans On Toast / Random Impulse / Wonder Villains / Toy / Swiss Lips / Anothers Blood / Steve Smyth / Hyde & Beast / Max Raptor / Police Dog Hogan / Mono Lps Dance: Toddla T / Mosca / Jaymo & Andy George / D/R/U/G/S

Following last year's spellbinding festival, Kendal Calling are also unveiling a new Twin Peaks style 50's diner headed up by Tim Burgess from The Charlatans aptly titled the Tim Peaks diner! The Tim Peaks diner was born from twitter and on BBC6music, as Tim pours over the jukebox and coffee he will curate a weekend of DJs, bands, book readings and comedians in a unique setting. Confirmed on the bill is Nick Heyward; best known as frontman of Haircut 100 whose hits are big hitters on Tim Burgess Jukebox.


The music and activities in the Kendal Calling meadow span 11 diverse stages and areas, situated in a close-knit site that means you're never far from your friends; here's a brief tour of the fun and frolics to discover...
  • Mainstage - boasting a diverse line-up of the best international and national artists on the circuit in this beautiful natural amphitheatre.
  • GLoW dance tent - with a mind-blowing line-up of DJs and live dance acts. Showcases everything from house to disco, drum and bass to dubstep, electro to breakbeat and everything else in between.
  • Calling Out new music stage - the place to discover new music, rising stars and unknown gems.
  • Kaylied tent - featuring an eclectic line-up of folk, ska, funk & soul and world music plus a late-night intimate club vibe
  • Soapbox - step up for this world of comedy, spoken word, cabaret & burlesque
  • Kids Area - For big kids and little ones alike, enjoy workshops on percussion making and music, movement and mask making, plus story telling and creative writing along with an array of games and activities running all weekend.
  • Kendal Calling Real Ale Festival Taking place in Kendal Calling's very own pub, The Holy Quail the real ale festival is a huge success each year and makes a welcome return.
  • Garden of Eden - Back once more to offer tranquillity and featuring therapists, shisha and chai cafe.
  • Village Green - A haven for happy campers from dusk to dawn. You will find delicious treats to eat, a relaxed atmosphere by day and a bustling vibe by night.
  • Houseparty - the ever-popular Houseparty returns with tea & biscuits in the kitchen and a debaucherous dirty disco in the bedroom. No Houseparty is complete without a bit of fancy dress, which is exactly why you'll find an entire village dedicated to fancy dress.


Speaking of fancy dress, Kendal Calling have unveiled that this year's fancy dress theme will be Fairy Tales & Comic Books, a magical all encompassing theme that will see the site transform on Saturday, with the entire congregation encouraged to get involved! For the third year, Kendal Calling reveal a fancy dress theme that has been a huge success in previous years with revellers showing incredible innovation and imagination in designing and donning costumes. 

Getting dressed up for a festival is all about becoming another version of you, an exaggerated, bold and colourful character. So this year Deer Park will be transformed into another world with our theme Fairy Tales & Comic Books. With the backdrop of the stunning Lake District, Kendal Calling expects to see everyone from the pied piper to Wolverine, Little Red Riding Hood to Catwoman, the Gingerbread to Tin Tin all partying together and this year's theme will make the event even more of a surreal wonderland of fun and frolics than ever before.

The fun and frolics continues at Kendal Calling in the crazy world of the Happy Slap Boutique. This area will be like no other and is where anything goes, and is the home of electro swing and eclectic music. A haven to transform into creatures and characters, the Happy Slap face-painting boutique will get revelers ready to be immersed in magical worlds, dazzled by spectacular cabaret shows, wowed by our traveling circus and entertained in ways you never thought possible.

Happy Slap Boutique present a world of fairy tales and mischief full of secrets to explore and discover, keeping the entertainment going all weekend. Bump into Jack Sprat, a narcoleptic sleeping beauty or climb up Rapunzel's hair and witness their take on your classic fairy tales. Performers will be traveling around the festival doing walk-about performance where it's least expected with music, song, dance and ridiculousness.


As night falls, Happy Slap Boutique transforms into a plethora of circus, fire and glow performances alongside clowning, grotesque burlesque, world famous 'Rave Aerobics' and surprise acts that keep buzzing all night. DJs Ocelus, Tom Excell, Dan The Hat, Wolfie Rassmatazz, Magic Lantern, Vinyl Rights Experience, Mikey J & very special guests will spin a genre defying mix of electro swing, jungle, balkan, breakbeat, house & electro. The only music we can guarantee are upbeat party tunes. Check out Happy Slap Radio for exclusive mixes.

It won't just be the performance areas that get refreshed this year, last years sold-out emperor's field camping area returns once more complete with compost toilets, affordable tipis, showers and a family-friendly vibe for those wanting a quieter sleeping alternative for their brood. 


NEW for 2012 Kendal Calling are introducing an affordable luxury camping option in the popular Emperors Fields area without the heavy price tag (it's one of the best value 'luxury camping' options on the festival circuit). You and your friends or family could camp in style in our stunning bell tents and tipis available for hire at The Deer Lodge. These beautifully decorated tipis or yurts will provide your home from home. There are bedding options available and they sleep up to 4 per accommodation type. The Deer Lodge is not dear at all providing stylish accommodation and service that is at least double the price at similar size festivals!

To help cut car emissions, Kendal Calling have teamed up with Big Green Coach to offer travel to the festival from across the country from just 10 return. Tickets can be booked here. 

Tickets for Kendal Calling are on sale now. For more information about camping, coaches and links to buy tickets, check the Kendal Calling website here.

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