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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Wet and muddy but 15,000 enjoy top acts at Kendal Calling festival

Cumbria's biggest music festival came to a spectacular close on Sunday evening with headline acts from Clean Bandit, Tom Odell and Example.

The festival, which sold out faster than ever before this year, saw around 15,000 people descend on Lowther Deer Park, near Penrith, to see live music acts across the weekend.

With the main arena slowly transforming into a moon landing site across the weekend with mud craters growing in size as the rain continued to pour down, this year's ‘out of this world’ fancy dress theme was strangely apt.

The Lucid Dream, a Carlisle-based band, had the Calling Out stage positively buzzing on Saturday afternoon with an energy-fuelled series of space-rock music.

Playing songs from their new album, the band’s bassist, Mike Denton, took a quick snap on his phone before the start of their set of an audience of aliens, astronauts and the occasional Princess Leia.

A band that got everyone stamping their feet in the mud by the main stage were the legendary Happy Mondays, one of the headliners on Saturday night.

Stephen Williams, 39 from Ramsbottom, said: “The Happy Mondays are just iconic. They’re still carrying that rock and roll attitude that I once had as a teenager. This has got to be my festival highlight.”

As Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls followed them on the main stage, many festival attendees headed to the Glow Tent for the Belgian electro duo 2manyDJs.

In a combination of lights, fish puppets and chants from the audience, the huge crowd appreciated another festival pick-me-up in the form of an amazing DJ set.

For those that weren’t quite ready for another night in a soggy tent there was tasty festival food to sample, real ale to be tasted and a packed out Riot Jazz tent that ensured a non-stop party all the way into the early hours.

Sunday was the end of the Kendal Calling experience for some who chose to pack up their tents a day before the festival ended to attempt to make their way home through the rivers of mud taking over the campsite.

Samantha Patterson, 23 from Lancaster, was making her way home before the headliners took to the stage on Sunday: “This weekend has definitely been an experience. I’ll say that.”

For those that stuck with the festival until the end, they were rewarded with amazing performances on the main stage from Miles Kane, Tom Odell and headliner Example.

After the release of their new album, The Tide is Turning, last week, Cumbrian punk rock band Colt 45 appeared on the Woodlands Stage on Sunday afternoon to reinvigorate a weather-beaten crowd.

Jonathan Reid, a Carlisle fan said: “Lots of people find Colt 45 a bit too much to handle, but I think they’re just right for this sort of festival.

“You have to have a bit of noise to keep everyone active. So I’m glad they came along this year.”

As Sunday night headliner Example performed his chart topping hits to an enthusiastic crowd, Kendal Calling ended the night in style with a spectacular firework display.

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