Easier on the pocket than most of the big guns and resting in the littoral woodland splendour of the Lake District, Kendal Calling still comes packed with a talent-stuffed dance arena to satisfy the thirsts of beatfreaks — this year Northern dubstep/drum & bass heavyweights APE and eclectic curators Wax:On are hosting the Saturday and Sunday respectively. The rest of the line-up covers accessible electro-pop (Calvin Harris), local indie icons (Wild Beasts) and eccentric oddities (satirical cover band the Lancashire Hotpots). There’s also plenty of boutique charm and eccentric buffoonery with cinema tents, burlesque troupes, 12 piece transvestite cover bands, folk bands and comedy performances.
WHEN? Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th August
WHERE? Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
HOW MUCH? £85 adult weekend, £45 under 14s weekend, £free under 11s
HIGHLIGHTS? Calvin Harris, The Futureheads, Erol Alkan, Plump DJs, High Contrast, DJ Yoda, Wild Beasts, Scratch Perverts, Dub Pistols and Elite Force.