A Faraway Town - a Kendal Calling 2012 preview
Go wild in the Lake District
Chris Swindells - 25 July 2012
Well there's plenty to try, see and experience here. Our favourites:
If you go for nothing else then go for the fancy dress theme(s) - Comic Books and Fairy Tales. Imagine Batman, Robin and the Beanstalk, Dick Wolverine-Whittington, The Three Bears and The Invisible Woman.
World cuisine from the Americas, Africa, India and the Far East are all on the menu at Kendal Calling. The Tibetan Kitchen on site is a particular attraction, mostly for it's 'Momos', a popular dish of steamed dumplings, hand-stuffed with meat or vegetable filling served with a fresh chilli sauce.
Get your bat mask around Kendal Calling’s very own real ale, the finest in the Lake District and given the title of the 'Kendale' of course.
Got your fill of the food and drink, now it's time to work-it-off to some beats, here are our recommendations:
A relic of the original Jamaican spring, Little Roy cut his first single in Kingston back in 1965. Through the seventies, eighties and every decade since he has delivered fresh, vibrant and contemporary raggae and dancehall records.
With 2011 he changed the formula once again, recording an album of Nirvana songs in a raggae flavour for 'Battle for Seattle' - a surprisingly refreshing take on modern classics.
He might be our man on the "Festival Train", but we hope with no editorial bias to recommend him for your viewing pleasure. A folk-glam experience, his debut 'Loveblood' was recorded in Hollywood and has all the decadennce of the LA suburb, with all the folk-pop humbleness of his West London roots.
At 22-years-old Lucy Rose has more critical acclaim than most her age would aspire to. Radio play through from BBC Radio One to 6Music, via Four and Two, she's been coming through the airwaves for some time now and with her debut 'Like I Used To' expected this September, it's the right time to catch this live.
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show
Returning for the fourth year running, Craig 'Awooga' Charles is a man with funk and soul in his blood. Like they've found a new type of diabetes, type three, this man needs to get the best funk and best soul to keep his insulin levels pulsing. Take a bag of diabetic sweets and go wild to Corrie's newest taxi firm operator.
Kendal Calling 2012 takes place from 27-29 July at Lowther Deer Park, The Lake District and is now sold out.