It’s been a long time coming, but arguably the nation’s most beloved festival Kendal Calling has announced its grand return to the fields in July 2022 – bringing together an unmistakable blend of huge headline moments, incredible new talent, unrivalled entertainment for all ages and much more to Lowther Deer Park once again!
Regularly acclaimed as one of the best festivals in the UK, Kendal Calling has become a true emblem of the complete festival experience. Of heading to the front and meeting friends new and old, all whilst catching some of your favourite bands tear apart blistering set after blistering set. Basking in a weekend in one of the most picturesque festival sites in the country, before heading into The Woodlands to find what surprises await. Over the course of nearly 15 years, Kendal Calling has been a welcoming invite into an atmosphere full of countless highlights and most importantly – fun. 2022’s return looks set to be no different, with the first names and details pointing to a landmark year that can’t be refused.
Stereophonics sit as one of the UK’s most successful bands of the past 25 years, scoring number one after number one with their ready-made anthems and euphoric live shows. Led by Kelly Jones, one of the great British songwriters, their headline turn in 2017 stands as one of the greatest in the festival’s history – and with hotly anticipated new album Oochya! set for release on March 4th 2022 and new single Do Ya Feel My Love? standing as an emerging anthem and fan favourite for the band, Stereophonics were the first band to call to soundtrack Kendal Calling’s 15th birthday celebrations, even if it’s slightly delayed…
Speaking about their headline slot at Kendal Calling 2022, Stereophonics said:
“We played Kendall Calling in 2017. It’s a great festival on a beautiful site with a fantastic crowd. We really enjoyed playing it back then and we can’t wait to headline the Saturday night next summer. See you there!”
There may not be a more perfect headliner for Kendal Calling 2022 than The Streets. An undeniable icon in British music culture, Mike Skinner over the course of nearly 20 years has impacted and shaped the sound of modern life in the UK and beyond. Recognised as one of the best live acts on the planet, his no-holds-barred hit rate of festival anthems brings the fire every single time. Heading to the fields this summer, get ready for the perfect bottle-popping headline celebration that an entire nation has been waiting for. Lock down your aerials.
Continuing their rich reunion run that has brought back glorious memories of one of the UK’s most delightfully entertaining bands, Supergrass take their rightful place at the top of the bill at Kendal Calling 2022. With an eclectic mix of rapturous singalong favourites at their disposal, including the likes of Alright, Pumping On Your Stereo and Moving to name but a few – expect their headline moment to be a euphoric set of beaming smiles and fun that only Supergrass can master.
Kicking things off on Thursday evening is the celebratory Hacienda Classical, whose reinterpretations of some of the era’s most iconic electronic cuts have become a must-see live show. Lead by the famous superclub’s own Graeme Park, the jaw-dropping homage to the sounds and cultural influence of The Hacienda spans some of electronic music’s most iconic tracks, with 2022 marking 40 years since the famous club first opened its doors! It’s a guarantee that Lowther Deer Park will be turned into a glorious discoball of energy once Hacienda Classical takes the stage. The perfect way to kick-off the Kendal Calling weekend, additional Thursday entry tickets are available now – with the likes of Sundara Karma, Orla Gartland, Craig Charles and Red Rum Club completing a thrilling opening salvo for the return of Kendal Calling.
Guaranteed to capture a summer highlight at every turn, Kendal Calling once again delivers with a lineup filled to the brim with festival-memory-potential. No birthday party is complete without Craig David presents TS5, serving up a cocktail of big beats and dancefloor-hits like nobody else can. Expect a trip through Craig’s cracking chart toppers, fresh remixes and more for a pumping dance-off that’ll put a doink on a huge weekend. Adding their own dynamite spice to proceedings, The Wombats head to Kendal Calling with a volcanic live show that has seen them become a band that keep getting bigger and bigger. With arena shows across the globe, and a wealth of hits ready to be screamed back at them – there may be band better at festivals than The Wombats, with Kendal Calling sure to be a big-time party that’ll have hands in the air in no time! Indie singalongs you say? Look no further than The Kooks, set to make their debut appearance at Kendal Calling in 2022.
Fresh from storming the UK Album Charts with second album Evering Road, Tom Grennan returns to Kendal Calling this summer with an emphatic live celebration in the fields. Expect choice cuts from his chart-topping success, as one of the UK’s brightest young artists takes that step up in prime fashion. Sizzling indie kingpins The Vaccines return to Kendal Calling, having served up a landmark moment back in 2015 with their flaming set of indie bangers. With recent album Back In Love City shining as their most ambitious to date, expect Kendal Calling to fall into their arms in a matter of moments when they take the stage. A true festival favourite, Amy Macdonald heads to Lowther Deer Park next July with cuts like This Is The Life and Mr Rock & Roll sitting as timeless gems that’ll go down a treat at Kendal Calling, while fresh from their giant UK headline tour (which saw them headline London’s famed Brixton Academy), Sea Girls will bring their full-throttle indie hits to Kendal Calling’s 2022 return. With new album Homesick out in January, expect their set to be an unstoppable celebration that’ll have the fields bouncing in unison – much like Declan McKenna, who has emerged as one of the most exciting and creative new artists on the planet across two incredible studio albums. Blending classic songwriting, a spectacular live show and building a thrilling community of fans – he’s a must-see at Kendal Calling, as the future continues to build and build from a true modern great.
Chart-topping hero Tom Grennan said:
“I’m absolutely buzzing to be returning to Kendal Calling in 2022. Last time was magic! I can’t wait to perform my new music and to sing and dance again with all you lovely people! It’s going to go off! HERE WE GO!! x”
Not just bursting with huge moments from your favourite bands, Kendal Calling’s Glow Tent will be pumping once again with the biggest pop hits and electronic moves. Chart sensation Joel Corry heads to Kendal Calling this summer. Rave icons Faithless (DJ Set) will once again deliver memory after countless memory with a thrilling set in the Glow Tent, while drum n bass icon Andy C will be bursting the tent at its seams with an unstoppable world of electric anthems that’ll have festival-goers jaw-dropped in awe. If you want some true sets to tell your mates about, check out breakfast radio great Chris Moyles taking to the decks in the Glow Tent or the emphatic show-stealing power of Dick ‘n’ Dom, also confirmed today. With a mix of rave greats and thrilling new talent such as Mollie Collins, Ellie Cocks and more all confirmed today – the party is sure to carry on through the night at Kendal Calling 2022.
Kendal Calling revels in its role as a home for some of the most essential live acts going – ensuring that whatever time of day (or night) it may be, you’ll always find something incredible across Lowther Deer Park. Wanting something completely different? Well check into Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon – an unforgettable festival experience which sees Charlotte run through pop banger after pop banger for the ultimate party we’ve all been waiting for. Unbelievable singalongs reign supreme with some of the most iconic voices of the past three decades, with Gabrielle, Heather Small, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Scouting For Girls all bringing their feel-good vibes to Kendal Calling across the weekend – perfect for fans young and old to dive into for fresh new memories. On the flipside, some of the most vibrant and exciting new artists on the planet head to Kendal Calling for their own eye-opening moments that ensure a broad mix impossible to resist. Whether it’s the slick alt-pop kicks of Manchester’s own Pale Waves, the chaotic live phenomenon that is Sports Team, chart-conquering titans The Snuts, the dank club-infused vibes of Working Men’s Club, the modern country tales of Jade Bird, the modern-age pop urgency of Baby Queen, the bubbling genre genius of Alfie Templeman, Liverpool’s own Jamie Webster or the collective energy of live favourites such as The Mysterines and The Reytons – Kendal Calling is stacked with incredible memory after incredible memory from artists soundtracking 2022 and beyond!
Spanning across the arts world, Kendal Calling 2022 is bringing laugh out loud comedic greats to the fields for hilarious sets and performances. Kendal’s Comedy lineup in 2022 is lead by one of the most recognisable figures in British comedy: Bill Bailey. With a storied career of arena-sized performances, his shared love of music and side-splitting humour make him a perfect fit for a stunning set at this year’s festival – taking to the Main Stage for a special performance for the Kendal faithful. With the likes of Shaparak Khorsandi and Marcus Brigstocke also confirmed for performances on the festival’s famed Soapbox comedy stage in the first batch of names – it ensures a hilarious trip is waiting at Kendal Calling this summer.
Spread across one of the most beautiful festival sites in the country, every corner of Kendal Calling is ready to be discovered – filled with eclectic entertainment that’ll intrigue, surprise and entertain all ages. Want to jump on stage and singalong to some big time hits with Barry from Eastenders? Well, Barrioke is here. Want to watch an Elvis-fronted Nirvana tribute band blow away a festival stage? Well, Elvana are here. Want to submerge yourself in a home away from home complete with listening parties, amazing new music and much more? Well, Tim Peaks is here. At every single minute of every single day over one weekend in July, there’s something new and vital to dive into – such is the staggering world of Kendal Calling 2022.
With its first wave of names also including the likes of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Goa Express, Ibibio Sound Machine, The Orielles, Lottery Winners, Pip Blom, Lanterns On The Lake, Honeyblood, Bang Bang Romeo, Brooke Combe and much more – it’s a mouth-watering selection that spotlights how special Kendal Calling is. With many, MANY more names set to be announced over the coming weeks and months, Kendal Calling once again stands as an undeniable festival standout – providing a celebratory weekend of glory next summer, full of cherished moments of festival bliss and emphatic memories from start to finish. With stage takeovers from famed label Xtra Mile Records, Earache Records, BBC Introducing In Cumbria also announced today alongside the eclectic Chai Wallah, classic Woodlands stage and much more too – Kendal Calling 2022 is heralding their grand return with a perfect coming-together you can only find at Lowther Deer Park.
Speaking about the return of Kendal Calling in 2022, Festival Co-Founders Andy Smith and Ben Robinson said:
“Here we go! 2022’s festival is three years in the making – oganising festivals is never easy, yet despite the false starts and setbacks encountered we have never been more geared up as we prepare for the festival of a lifetime. We are so very proud to announce our largest bill to date, keeping as many of those favourites you all booked for many moons ago while adding a bunch of big acts we have been working to bring to the fields for many years. It’s a marvellous medley of our favourite musicians and we’re so very excited to share them with you. We promise it’s going to be a memorable one, from amazing headliners such as The Streets and Stereophonics, to amazing live favourites such as The Wombats, Tom Grennan, Amy Macdonald and Gabrielle to name but a few. There’s truly something for everyone at Kendal Calling next year, and we can’t wait to be together FINALLY once again!
See you in the fields
Andy, Ben and the KC Team x”
With a vast number of 2020 ticketholders choosing to carry-over their tickets to 2022, a very limited number of weekend tickets are now on sale, with fans encouraged to grab their place at the biggest festival party of the summer ASAP to avoid disappointment.