From small up-and-coming festivals in a field to the multi-award winning musical magic that is Kendal Calling, Cumbria has it all going on in 2017.
With something for all tastes and ages, we’ve picked our top six music festivals to look out for next year. Which of them rocks your festival socks?
27-30 July – Lowther Deer Park
Cumbria’s largest and multi award-winning festival, Kendal Calling packs a real punch. This is a little festival with a big attitude – all in the name of music, fun and frolics. The festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Lowther Deer Park.
With an impressive main stage line-up each year, a huge dance tent, a large number of smaller stages in quirky spaces and a comprehensive programme of comedy, spoken word and DJs, there’s something for all tastes at Kendal Calling. Growing year on year, the festival has maintained its laid back atmosphere. Awesome art installations and sculptures woven throughout the site make it a magical place for kids too.
2016 saw artists including Rudimental, Madness and Catfish and the Bottlemen take to the main stage. Tickets for 2017 will be on sale soon – stay tuned and check out the festival’s website so you don’t miss out.
August TBC – Tarnside Farm
The festival run by festival goers, Solfest has transitioned from a local shindig in 2003 to today one of the UK’s leading independent festivals. Staying true to their roots, art and décor are chosen over corporate advertising, while the international big names on the main stage never drown out the voices of the up and coming, undiscovered artists.
Cumbria’s brightest festival, you’ll find entertainment across almost every musical genre at Solfest. Stages including Drystone Stage, Unity Sessions and Lost’n’Found showcase talented artists covering everything from folk to house, hip-hop to reggae, soul and more. Headliners in 2016 included The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Dredzone and Zion Train. Watch this space for 2017’s line-up!