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Kendal Calling 2015: What you can and can't bring...

Festivals have strict rules on what you can bring into the fields Credit: ITV Border

Kendal Calling opens its gates today, and with more and more people flocking to the Lake District festival every year, organisers have answered many of their frequently asked questions in preparation.

What you can, and can't, bring to the festival:

  • You CAN'T bring your own sound system; they don't have the license for this.
  • You CAN bring a reasonable amount of alcohol into the campsites, but not into the arena, where the festival has its own drinks suppliers and bars.
  • You CAN'T light campfires but you CAN bring your own disposable BBQ.
  • You CAN'T bring drugs or other illicit substances; the laws of the United Kingdom don't stop at the festival gates.
  • You CAN bring your own DSLR Camera, for personal use (Some festivals don't allow these).
  • You CAN'T bring a gazebo, as the organisers insist there isn't enough space.
  • You CAN bring gas canisters, as long as they are the standard 220g.
  • You CAN'T bring a 'live-in' vehicle, such as a campervan or caravan, into the main campsites, but there is a separate campsite available for these vehicles.
  • You CAN'T bring glass of any kind into the Deer Park.

Here's what facilities will be available:

  • Compost toilets
  • Bars and drink stalls in the Arena
  • Showers are only available to those who purchase a 'luxury camping upgrade ticket', which costs £10 per use, or £30 for the weekend in advance. Campers in Emperor's Fields will also have showers access.
  • Free water is available in the campsites, and water bottles in the Arena.
  • A General store in the Village Green. Vital supplies such as milk and toilet roll will be available.
  • A mobile phone charging station.
  • Lockers will be available in the village green.

Around 20,000 expected at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling last year. Credit: ITV Border

Around 20,000 people are expected at the Kendal Calling music festival, which begins today.

The event, held at Lowther Deer Park near Penrith, will feature acts including Elbow, Snoop Dogg and the Kaiser Chiefs.

It's the 10th anniversary of Cumbria's biggest music festival.

Three festivals announced for Annandale and Eskdale

Three festivals are to take place in Annandale and Eskdale later this year, beginning next month, Dumfries and Galloway council has announced.

The Pack Up Your Troubles Festival,which will be held from 28th to 31st August, will feature a weekend of events based on World War One, to celebrate the 100th birthday of twins Gretna and Eastriggs.

The first of the three festivals will include an old-style music hall evening, a World War One tearoom, classic bus tours, concerts, cooking demonstrations, educational workshops and various community events.

The International Sheep Dog Trials 2015 will take place the following month, on 10th to 12th September, at Meikleholm Farm, between Moffat and Dumfries.

Around 10,000 people are expected to turn out to see the world's most highly skilled dogs and handlers compete for the championship titles.

The Lockerbie Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with concerts in Lockerbie, Moffat, Annan and Gretna. US jazz singer Melba Joyce and musician Stephanie Trick will appear in concerts as part of the event.

Singer Ruby Turner is also due to perform in Lockerbie and Gretna.

Singer Ruby Turner Credit: PA

“This superb cluster of festivals and events will showcase Annandale and Eskdale and Dumfries and Galloway to great effect. The Council is doing all that it can to integrate the promotion of these festivals to ensure that we attract and retain visitors to our region, to enjoy our stunning countryside, inspiring heritage and the superb music and entertainment on offer. There is a real energy and exuberance about all these events that comes across so well.”

– Councillor Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

“These three fantastic and very diverse festivals highlight the incredible variety of great things to see and do within the beautiful Annandale and Eskdale area. Each of these wonderful events - which give a real flavour of the vibrancy and colour of the local culture here - provides an excellent and valuable opportunity to attract new visitors to get a taste of the amazing range of activities and attractions there are to experience and enjoy throughout Dumfries & Galloway. I hope as many people as possible, from outside of the region as well as from the local community, will make the most of the chance to be a part of these great festivals, which all look set to be unmissable dates for the diary.

– VisitScotland Regional Director Paula McDonald

The three events are being fully backed by £45,000 of council funding as part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy which will provide £750,000 funding to events projects between 2014 and 2017.

"Council funding of major events creates business and tourism benefits and these three great events provide the perfect reason for staycations this Autumn. Where else in Scotland this year can you enjoy world class jazz in such close proximity to the tranquillity and fabulous craft of international sheep dog trials? We have the Tour of Britain coming through Gretna, Eastriggs and Cannonbie on Tuesday 8 September which will be a fantastic event to experience and the Pack Up Your Troubles Festival is choc a bloc with things to see and do.”

– Councillor Ronnie Ogilvie, Chair of Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee


More than 17,000 watch Wickerman statue burn

The 40-foot Wickerman statue was set alight to close the festival Credit: Wickerman Festival

Organisers of the Wickerman Festival say 17,500 people watched the 40 foot high statue being burnt at the close of the festival on Saturday night. It's the traditional end to the weekend event in Dundrennan.

Festival organisers described the event as a 'huge hit' Credit: Wickerman Fesitval

Earlier festival-goers had watched performances from Tom Odell and Nenah Cherry.

Singer Tom Odell on the Main Stage Credit: Wickerman Festival

"Wickerman 2015 has been a real success and all our team’s hard work and planning has really paid off. This year we were really keen to enhance the Festival experience with exciting new tents and artists along with improved on-site attractions to give our Festival goers the best weekend possible.

This year’s line-up is one of our strongest yet and has been well received by our loyal Festival goers. We are delightedto have hosted such a variety of new and established artists and want to thankthem for making this year’s Festival one to really remember.”

– Festival Director Jennie Camm
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