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The acts we can’t wait to see at Kendal Calling 2017

Posted on - 27th January, 2017 - 10:38am | Author - | Posted in - Events, Music, Nightlife
The main stage at Kendal Calling. Credit: Kendal Calling

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 12 hours or so, you’ll have seen the line-up for Kendal Calling 2017 is pretty much incredible.

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The announcement means that the countdown is now on before we make what has become our annual pilgrimage up to Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District.

With that amazing set of acts in mind, we decided to put together a list of the acts we’re most excited to see.

Oh and if you missed that line-up, you can click through below.

MORE: Kendal Calling 2017 line up announced – and it’s amazing

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

It would be fair enough to point out that Turner played the festival as recently as 2014 and it’s not like Kendal to invite headliners back.

But then that would overlook that Turner suits the event perfectly and has a raft of new tracks to perform. Plus, the man’s head is in a different place to 2014 and it should blow the last set out of the water.

Even if all that were not true, I’d be selfishly looking forward to this anyway.

Kate Nash

You might just know Kate Nash as the talent behind the track Foundations (the one where she rhymes ‘fitter’ with ‘bitter’and it nearly spoils a brilliant pop song).

Kate Nash for Kendal Calling

What you might not know is Nash reinvented herself a few years back, bringing out the fantastically angry Girl Talk and preceding that with Underestimate The Girl.

The transformation is quite dramatic but it makes her one of the acts I look forward to most on a line-up full of huge names.

The Coral

Fun fact: The Coral was the first gig I ever went to. Feel the Noise at Ewood Park doesn’t count.

Their self-titled debut is still one of the best things I’ve ever heard while new songs on Distance Inbetween provide depth.

The Coral for Kendal Calling

Festival moments won’t come much better than Dreaming of You and In The Morning however.

Brian Wilson

He’s a legend, it’s that simple. The man propelled The Beach Boys into writing Pet Sounds – which will be performed in full here.

That means we’re guaranteed to hear Wouldn’t It Be Nice and God Only Knows. It’ll be a treat that we’ll never have the chance to see again.

Editors

It’d be accurate to say the music made by Editors doesn’t exactly lend itself to a field, sun and cider. Then again, English festivals rarely treat us to all those things.

But they made some of the best and most recognisable tracks of the last decade. The Racing Rats is incredible enough but latest album In Dream reasserted them as one of the best bands about.

Lethal Bizzle

Because Fester Skank is immense.

Honeyblood

There’s loads that could take this last slot on the list (I’d be here all day writing it if I included everyone) but since Ed decided to include Honeyblood in his collage on the line-up announcement I thought I’d give them a go.

Honeyblood for Kendal Calling

So listening to their 2016 album Babes Never Die has rocketed them to the top of the bands I want to see this year. It’s wonderful stuff. Go and listen.

 

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