Fan-favourite, award-winning festival Kendal Calling have announced the huge lineup for 2018.

Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Libertines, Run DMC and Hacienda Classical will be headlining with a huge supporting bill all heading to the fields this summer for an unmissable weekend of music, arts, comedy, food and drink in the beautiful Lake District.

Set in the attractive Lake District’s Lowther Deer Park, this innovative, fan-focused, independent festival is renowned for more than just music, and visitors will also enjoy four days of arts installations, comedy, gourmet food, kid’s entertainment and a real ale festival all within the confines of what is surely the most beautiful festival site in the UK.

Catfish and the Bottlemen (Geoff D)

With 2017 marking the 12th consecutive sell out for the festival and selling out just one week after announcing the lineup, fans are encouraged to snap tickets up quickly to avoid disappointment.

Catfish and the Bottlemen’s rise to the top has been nothing short of stratospheric. Sophomore effort The Ride saw them establish themselves as one of the true stars of the burgeoning British guitar scene and this summer they head back to the fields for a headline set that’s not to be missed.

The Libertines performing at Truck Festival 2017 (Simon Reed)

True heroes of indie and a band who were sorely missed during their lengthy absence, The Libertines will be making a long overdue trip to Kendal Calling. Having reformed and re-established themselves as kings of their genre, Pete, Carl, Gary and John will be bringing anthems from their three huge albums to the fields!

Killer Mike of Run The Jewels (Edyta Krzesak)

The term legends is thrown around far too often but one group to which it undoubtedly applies are hip-hop royalty Run DMC. With an arsenal of huge hits including It’s Like That, My Adidas and Its Tricky under their belts, it’s hard to see who could provide a bigger sing along moment at this year’s Kendal Calling.

Kicking proceedings off on the Thursday night is a special show from Hacienda Classical with the Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra playing a new set of huge classics.

Festival Director, Andy Smith told us “We’re thrilled to be heading into our 13th year and can’t wait to head back to the beautiful Lake District for another weekend of music, art, food and a couple of Kend-ales.”

The Amazons performing at the O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London on 12 October 2017 (Simon Reed)

However, the headliners are not the ‘be all and end all’ of this festival, it is always the impressive undercard of an eclectic lineup where indie legends rub shoulders with some of the freshest new talent that the UK has to offer. 

JamesShed SevenOcean Colour SceneWhite LiesThe WailersDeclan MckennaFun Lovin’ CriminalsLucy SpragganThe AmazonsTom GrennanPeter Hook & The LightMarmozetsPale WavesIdlesDub PistolsHollie CookSam FenderBlack HoneyPinsThe BlindersJordan AllenAnterosYonakaTrudy & The RomanceBang Bang Romeo and more, join the lineup across the Main Stage and that one stop shop arena for music discovery the Calling Out Stage.

Festival Atmos @ Kendal Calling 2017 (John Hayhurst)

Those wishing to get their dancing shoes on need look no farther than the Glow Dance Stage. With a lineup featuring DJ sets from Basement Jaxx, Gorgon City and all-round superstar Idris Elba, a special takeover from DnB stalwarts Hospitality, sets from Grandmaster Flash and  Mistajam, alongside Horse Meat Disco, Wookie and Gotsome, get ready to rave the night away.

Basement Jaxx headline Saturday night at Boardmasters, Newquay, Cornwall. 10th August 2013 (Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

A truly unique on site venue Tim Peaks Cafe is a fan favourite and the perfect place to take a pitstop, grab a slice of cherry pie and a damn fine coffee. This year’s lineup includes Tim Burgess (DJ Set), Dave Haslam, The Clone Roses, Bernard Butler in conversation, Tony Walsh, Clint Boon, The Waltones, Kieren Webster (DJ Set), Twisted Wheel, Thomas Turgoose (DJ Set), Best Picture, Average Sex, Trampolene, Lost Horizons, The High, Fat Cops, Two Shot Podcast Live, Skeleton Key Records Takeover and Tiny Tim Peaks with Alex Winters.

Anyone exploring the Woodlands will be treated to sets from Elvana, The Beatsie Boys, Jamie & Shoony, Satyr Play, 100 Fables, The K’s, Rats, Brownbear, No Hot Ashes, North Atlas, The Lottery Winners, Citrus Heights and more to come as well as an array of incredible art installations.

Festival Atmos @ Kendal Calling 2017 (John Hayhurst)

Last year Kendal Calling sold out completely just one week after announcing the lineup so fans are advised to snap up their tickets quickly to secure their place at this year’s festival. Tickets are already on sale from so you need to get in quick!

Find out more about what you should expect from the Kendal Calling in one of our previous articles here.

Our review of last years Kendal Calling is here

We hope to see you in the fields this year too!