Kendal Calling wins 'Best Small Festival' at Live UK Music Awards

The Lake District based festival Kendal Calling has taken home the Live UK music industry award for Best Small Festival - under 15,000.

Jayne Robinson

Date published: 10th Oct 2011

The Lake District based festival Kendal Calling has taken home the Live UK music industry award for Best Small Festival - under 15,000. 

Nominated by music industry experts, the award is a highly regarded peer to peer accolade awarded by the prestigious Live UK magazine. 

The festival has come a long way since its inception in 2006, when it was a small two day gathering of 900 people in a park in Kendal. 

Directors of the festival Andy Smith and Ben Robinson have remained true to their ethos of bringing national and internationally recognised artists as well as providing a platform for regional talent to their local area. In 2010 they earned the UK Best Small Festival award at the UK Festival Awards voted for by the fans.

The small, core team behind Kendal Calling has gone from strength to strength with their projects, whilst the festival has sold out each year and although grown in size has retained its intimate and friendly atmosphere. 

2011 saw the KC team launch ‘Live From Jodrell Bank’, a 5,000 capacity sell-out show featuring space rock band The Flaming Lips performing in the shadow of the famous Lovell telescope. More transmissions are in the pipeline at Jodrell Bank as well as exciting new areas at Kendal Calling Festival, including the return of the original festival Olympics the Cumbrian Olympics in recognition of London 2012 games.

Ben Robinson, Co-Festival Founder and Director said on behalf of the festival:

“It’s been an amazing year, the festival has gone from strength to strength, and we’re extremely proud of the whole larger team now involved. The festival is testament to those who come and year on year continues to attract a lovely bunch of people who just want to have a good time… which is what we set out to do 6 years ago."

The festival has always boasted a line up that punches well above its weight, plus has a plethora of entertainment for all ages, without the heavy price tag! Headliners at the festival last year included legends Blondie and the almighty Chase & Status. Read our review of Kendal Calling 2011.

Plans for Kendal Calling 2012 are already underway, and announcements are due to be made early 2012.

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