Since we had such a good time we thought we’d let you beautiful people know some of our highlights from what we got up to this weekend at Kendal.
We kicked off the weekend with Man & The Echo who delivered an eclectic set of tunes to which a lot of people claimed “I actually quite like this”. Praise if ever I’ve heard it – by far the highlight of day one.
Friday was one of fragility and one of fantastic music. We started the day with Newcastle outfit Deep.Sleep, who are playing our launch this Thursday. Their set was received well by the crowd and we were impressed with how tight they were at such a young age. Other highlights from Friday included huge bands Circa Waves and DMA’s whilst the Stereophonics were the ultimate festival headline act. Highlight of the day for me though were Mint who performed a flawless set on the Off Axis stage. Raw power, huge indie hooks and a massive crowd all combined to be the days best set.
Saturday was a much busier one kicked off by one of my standout artists of 2017 Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles. Seemingly getting stronger each time, the band battled through niggles on stage to get through an excellent midday slot (which we nearly missed due to crap programming). Larkins followed and if you looked up indie in the dictionary it would probably look a bit like Larkins. Dressed to impress with the tunes to match, this band are one to look out for in 2018. Reverend and the Makers, Feeder and the Manics were all superb whilst THE HUNNA proved why they’re future festival headliners with a packed Calling Out tent. The breakthrough band of the day were Where Fires Are who blew us away with their sound. The highlight as always though were The Jackobins, who even when Dom ended up laid out in the mud performed a set worthy of much, much bigger stages with their massive tunes. Pure energy, pure class, these guys are going to blow up very soon.
Sunday was much the same, with the tent packed away we headed straight out and caught Frank Turner soundchecking. We then went to have a bit of fun with the Everly Pregnant Brothers and The Lancashire Hotpots who always impress the Kendal crowd. We then discovered The Snuts who are a certain talent and with much of the crowd knowing the lyrics, was a pleasant surprise. The standouts for us though were Stillia on main stage – having somehow never seen the band it was a relief to discover that they’re as good live as on track. A rousing set of festival anthems we’re sure they will be moving on to bigger things in 2018. The Woodlands Stage was calling one last time as we saw York band Faux Pas destroy their 45 minute set. The band were on top form and kept drawing a bigger crowd with each song they played. A real talent. Although we headed home early, we had just enough time to catch Nothing But Thieves before jumping in the car and reflect on a stunning Kendal Calling 2017! See you in the fields next year