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Kendal Calling - our Festival Shop experience

Posted by Devon Round Festival blogger

5th Aug 2016

It's not been long since Kendal Calling ended and what a festival it was, it's fair to say the Oxfam Festival Shop, as always, had a spectacular time and to make it even better we managed to raise over £22,000 which is a huge achievement that we're all very proud of.

The sold out festival situated in the picturesque Lake District returned for its eleventh year and didn't disappoint for Oxfam. Within the first day we had a brilliant response from festival goers; with dresses, checked shirts and tops selling in the day and sheepskins and fake fur being hugely popular throughout the evening.

Moving onto the actual festival itself it can definitely be said that we will miss Kendal Calling from the brilliant bands and acts that played, to the late night discos, and the food, even the weather held up for us.

The hugely popular band, and my personal favourite, Catfish and the Bottlemen put on an excellent show on the main stage singing songs from their first album 'The Balcony' and singles off their newly released album 'The Ride' and finishing with fan favourite 'Tyrant'.  The performance was energetic and electric, with such a positive response from the crowd, it could be said that Catfish and the Bottlemen was a highlight of a lot of people's Kendal Calling experience.

My favourite stage of the festival was definitely the Woodland Stage where smaller bands had the opportunity to take to the stage to show their talent and experience playing at a festival. Benches were available to sit down and relax whilst watching the acts performances and a huge space for if you preferred to be up on your feet. In the Woodlands were also art murals, humorous sign posts and at 9pm opened a separate walkway with more art and sculptures, and once the bands had finished the Woodlands were home to the silent disco.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds headlined Sunday night of Kendal Calling singing a range of songs from their first and second album, including some of Oasis' classic hits, however, perhaps the ambiance could have been better, as some only felt a sense of a response from the crowd when they sang some of the Oasis singles.

With also notable mentions to 'Big Moon', 'Everything Everything', 'Spring King', 'Blossoms' and 'Yak' for their memorable performances from the festival.

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Blog post written by Devon Round

Festival blogger

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