Kendal Calling 2016 was bathed in glorious sunshine for four days as 23,000 festival goers were treated to performances from over 200 artists.
Alongside the music the sold out Lake District music and arts festival featured the first ever Carnival Of Colour Parade across the festival site, stunning art installations in the Lost Eden woodlands, a Real Ale Festival and all sorts of unexpected musical and literary surprises at Tim Peaks Diner who this year raised £10K for the David Lynch Foundation.
Thursday saw the return of Kendal Calling veterans The Charlatans whose frontman and long standing ally of the festival Tim Burgess lead the group through a career spanning headline set on the main stage for those who arrived early. Earlier in the day festival-goers were treated to high energy sets from Ash, Pins and Declan Mckenna as well as an amazing opening reading from Manchester poet JB Barrington.
Friday saw the gates open for the first full day of the festival with all stages kicking off their three days of programming.
Culminating in a spectacular headline set from Rudimental, the Main Stage also featured performances from Catfish and the Bottlemen,We Are Scientists, Milburn, Molotov Jukebox, Too Many T's and The Jacques.
Blossoms headlined the Calling Out Stage and comedian Jason Manford took top spot over on the Soapbox Stage. Not content with their Calling Out headline slot, Blossoms also treated fans to a secret set over at Tim Peaks Diner.
On Saturday the main stage hosted a singalong set from ska legends Madness, a classy splash of R&B from Kelis, huge solos from The Darkness and a typically raucous set from The Hives.
Libertines legend Peter Doherty took to the Calling Out Stage as well as popping up for an impromptu Tim Peaks Diner Set.
Elsewhere, David Rodigan MBE got the Glow Tent dancing, Baggy Mondays led the singalongs from the Calling Out Stage and man of the moment Craig David brought classic garage and new hits to the Glow Tent.
Sunday saw a long awaited headline performance from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Their set featured Oasis classics like 'Wonderwall’, 'Talk Tonight’ and 'Champagne Supernova’ comfortably sitting beside new anthems like 'The Death of You and Me’ and 'Everybody’s on the Run’.
Earlier in the day hip hop heroes Sugarhill Gang smashed the now customary Sunday legends slot, Everything Everything brought breakthrough LP 'Get To Heaven’ to the festival, Hospital Records took over the Glow Tent and Calling Out played host to rising stars Spring King and Ghostpoet.
Summing up the weekend, Kendal Calling Director Ben Robinson said: "From small seeds a stunning and magical festival has been created in the fields of Cumbria. Our thanks go out to every single person who joined us in the fields this year.
"Festival-goers and the staff working to stage the event came together and created an atmosphere and weekend that will be remembered for a long time to come. Without question the 11th Kendal Calling was the best yet and an exciting new decade for the festival lies ahead.”
"With secret sets in Tim Peaks from Blossoms and Pete Doherty, incredible art and mysterious happenings in the woods right through to a triumphant and jaw dropping closing performance from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, the weekend was a delight and honour to be a part of.”
"We take our hats off to everyone involved and cannot wait to start planning for next year. See you in the fields in 2017.”
When: 28-31 July 2016
Where: Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria
Kendal Calling 2017 takes place 27-30 July, tickets are on sale now. Visit www.kendalcalling.co.uk/tickets for more information.