Kasabian and Royal Blood will headline Kendal Calling 2023 festival in the Lake District alongside Blossoms and Nile Rogers and Chic, it was announced today.
The four-day music festival will return to the stage in 2023, having grown from a small two-day event in 2006 to one of the country’s most anticipated festivals.
With a line-up that includes both big stars and old favourites, this festival promises to be a hot ticket in 2023, with reports claiming that 15,000 people have already signed up for advance tickets for the week.
The festival offers accessible tickets, but only for people with a “permanent disability”: visitors with broken legs, pregnant or post-surgery are not eligible to attend.
Here’s the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about the festival, from travel arrangements to dates and how to get tickets.
Call Kendal 2023 Lineup
Kasabian is one of those stars who will be headlining Kendal Calling 2023, with surprises and special guest Annie Mac
Royal Blood joins Kasabian as headliners – aka Ben Thatcher (left) and Mike Kerr (right)
The festival line-up was announced at 8am on Wednesday and is packed with musical talent.
Headlining the four-day event will include Kasabian, Royal Blood, Blossoms and Nile Rogers and Chic.
Also on stage are Kaiser Chiefs and Scouting For Girls, as well as Rick Astley and Mel C.
More than 100 acts have been announced so far, as well as special guest and radio DJ Annie Mac.
In addition to well-known pop stars, Dick and Dom are also on stage this weekend, as are DJ Yoda and The Thingujamigs.
Other acts include The Lathums, Example, Frank Turner, Confidence Man, Happy Mondays and Circa Wave.
When does Kendal call 2023?
This year the festival takes place from July 27 to July 30, from Thursday to Sunday.
If you want to visit the whole festival, you need both a weekend and a Thursday ticket.
How do I buy tickets?
All tickets will be released online and will be available on Friday at 10am to those who have registered for pre-sale
The organizers have confirmed that more than 15,000 people have already registered for the pre-sale
The best way to get tickets to the festival is to register for the pre-sale event to get access before it is released.
All tickets are sold online only. The pre-sale can be registered until Thursday 20:00 CEST and starts on Friday 27 January at 10:00.
All remaining tickets go on sale Saturday at 10am.
The organizers have confirmed that more than 15,000 people have already registered for the pre-sale, but there is still time to register.
What types of tickets are there?
There are two types of tickets, Thursday and weekend. The weekend ticket only gives access from Friday to Sunday.
There are four negotiable age categories from under five to 16 years. There is no separate ticketing system for people over 65.
All weekend tickets include access to the campsite’s standard camping facilities.
Where is Kendal calling 2023?
The festival takes place at Lowther Deer Park in Cumbria and was attended by 25,000 people in 2022.
It is close to the town of Kendal, but actually closer to nearby Penrith, which is also the nearest train station to the festival grounds.
How do I get to Kendal Calling 2023?
The station closest to the park is Penrith North Lakes (Photo: Manchester’s Parklife Festival)
The nearest train station to the festival site is Penrith (also known as Penrith North Lakes), a 15-minute drive away.
The organizers use a special shuttle bus from the train station to the festival.
Fast and direct hourly services are available from Scotland, Birmingham and London, as well as Manchester and the North West (with a quick change of trains at Preston or Crewe).
By train it takes 2.5 hours from Birmingham New Street, three hours from London Euston, one hour and 20 minutes from Glasgow, one and a half hours from Edinburgh and just 34 minutes from Lancaster.
Festival goers can also buy tickets for bus services to the festival from venues across the UK.
Buses run from Barrow-in-Furness, Ulverston, Kendal, Manchester, Bolton, Blackburn, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, Warrington, Preston, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Newcastle, Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Keswick, Blackpool, Morecambe, Glasgow and Dumfries.
Visitors can also drive to the venue, although the festival charges for parking and it can be a long walk from the car to the stages.
Is the festival barrier-free?
Kendal Calling recommends considering muddy and uneven surfaces for participants with limited mobility.
Festival-goers with disabilities or special needs have until April 28 the option to request accessible tickets, which will be issued separately from regular ticket sales.
But the tickets are not accessible to everyone. According to Kendal Calling’s website, “Accessible facilities are only available to festival-goers with permanent disabilities, so broken bones, recent injuries, recent surgeries, the elderly and pregnant women are not eligible.”
Accessible services such as accessible camping, toilets and showers are therefore not available to people without a “permanent” disability.
Kendal Calling 2023 has been contacted for comment on the festival’s accessibility rules.
Is Kendal Calling family friendly?
At Kendal Calling 2023 there is a dedicated family campsite away from the other campers
Ticket options are available for children under five, 5-11 year olds and 11-15 year olds, making it accessible and open to families.
But there are rules about where children are allowed to go depending on their age.
Weekend pass holders ages 11-15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over 30 and must camp in the same area as their families or legal guardian.
Away from the rest of the campers there is a special campsite for families.
Children between the ages of 11 and 15 may not enter the arena field unaccompanied after 10:00 p.m.
Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
There is a limited number of tickets for children aged 5 and under who can enter for free, but their parents or guardians must purchase a ticket for them and accompany them at all times.
By purchasing an infant ticket (up to the age of five), the person making the reservation confirms that he or she is the child’s parent or legal guardian.
What camping options are there?
Kendal Calling has campsites for families, for night owls and even a rest zone for those wanting a good night’s sleep
Kendal Calling 2023 has several campsites for groups or individuals.
The standard camping facilities are:
- Great Holmes / 24 Hour Party People: Conveniently located near the car park and Village Green. Home for those who stay up late and want to keep the party going.
- The Shire: A more relaxed camp than Great Holmes / 24 H Party People for those who want a good night’s sleep.
- Haye Parks: View of the mountains to the left of Resident Vehicle Field.
- Family Camping/Saalback View: As it says on the tin! Our family venue has fantastic views over the Lake District and is perfect for those wanting to take their children for the weekend.
- Quiet camping: for those looking for a good night’s sleep.
For those who prefer a glamping style, there are also more luxurious campsites with more amenities such as hot showers. They also have their own arena entrance.
What facilities are there on site?
In addition to toilets and drinking water points at all campsites, there are also practical facilities such as secure parking and shops.
Campers can use ATMs, a co-op festival shop, bars and food stalls. Secure storage can be booked before the festival and information centers are also available throughout the four days.
How much are tickets?
The ticket prices for 2023 have not yet been published, but there are different price levels depending on the campsites selected.
Tickets last year started from £144 plus surcharges.
Source: Daily Mail