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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.


Kendal Calling festival sell out

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Kendal Calling music festival has sold out. It's 10th year is on the 30th of July to the 2nd of August and has attracted artists like Snoop Dog, the Kaiser Chiefs and The Vaccines.

Over 10,000 people are expected to make their way to Lowther Deer Park over the 4 days of the festival.

Elbow announced as part of Kendal Calling line-up

Elbow are one of the headline acts announced for this year's Kendal Calling festival Credit: The Zeitgeist Agency

The line-up for the tenth Kendal Calling festival has been announced.

Headline acts will include the Manchester band Elbow along with The Kaiser Chiefs, and The Vaccines.

Organisers have added an extra day to to this year's event, which be held on Lowther Deer Park near Penrith at the end of July.

Kendal Calling festival to be bigger than ever

Kendal Calling festival could almost double in size over the next three years Credit: ITV Border

Visitors to Kendal Calling festival could almost double in number in the coming years.

Last year, around 16,000 people attended the festival, making it the biggest so far.

This year, it seems to set to grow again as it has won backing from Eden Council to increase its capacity from 20,000 to almost 35,000 over the next three years.

Cumbrian band make noise at Kendal Calling

Up and coming Cumbrian band Colt 45 played their first Kendal Calling Festival together over the weekend.

The band, who are from Carlisle and Workington, formed when they met at Carlisle night club The Brickyard.

The three, Neil Harper, Adam Lewis and Gareth Jenkins, have just released their new album.

They appeared at the Woodlands Stage on Sunday afternoon and shortly afterwards they spoke back stage to our reporter Matthew Taylor.


Kendal Calling attracts 17,000 festival-goers

Around 17,000 festival-goers attended the ninth Kendal Calling, which took place near Penrith over the weekend.

Police say that 36 arrests were made for drugs offences, but overall there were fewer arrests this year.

Festival organisers are now working on making next year even better, as it will be the tenth anniversary.

Heavy rain for most of the weekend made the ground wet and muddy.

"We bring in some woodchip that kind of thing to make it a bit easier on the ground and under people's feet but to be honest there's not too much you can do about mud. It'll dry out when it dries out.

"We just keep an eye and make sure that the walkways are clear and that people are getting on happily."

– Ben Robinson, Kendal Calling
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