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Kendal Callingwon best small festival of 2010 and in 2011 it was still small and perfectly formed. I much prefer small festivals, so that everything you do is not a mission … as is the case at somewhere like Glasto. Although the weather was scorchio on Friday and Saturday, being in the Lake District it inevitably became chilly with nightfall but it only took us 10 minutes to walk from the main arena to the tents to pick up the evening’s accessories. Besides the main stage, hosting diverse actslike Blondie, the Lancashire Hotpotsand Chase& Status, there were tents catering for drum and base, urban jazz, comedy, house, kiddie activities, and my highlight – a northern soul dance class. Plus food from every corner of the globe had made it to Cumbria so at lunchtime I picked a spot in the sun overlooking the main stage, which I didn’t have to fight for, and enjoyed a plate of nasi goreng, or falafel, or a full Indian thali, which I barely had to queue for.

But even the best small festival is not immuneto gangs of insanely drunk young lads constantly ‘on it’, screaming out absurd party anthems and trashing the beautiful surroundings with piles of Carling cans. I heard one seventeen year old say, ‘You know, when we go home, it’s back to reality, and I don’t like reality’, as another screamed, ‘Let’s burn Sammy’s sleeping bag!’. And thecackles of young girls were dressed in requisite festival wardrobe, according toGrazia magazine, of wellies, very short shorts and ditsy playsuits, a straw hat and colour-framed shades. At least there was a special camping area for the many families in residence. And the fancy-dress element on the Saturday certainly added an additional fun-filled element.

Overall,it was asuper fun festival with great independent bands, innovative art and comedy and generally agreat crowd. I would recommend itto anyone seeking out something different to theover-rated commercial festivals.

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8 Aug 2011

Hey Jo! How are you doing! Great blog :o) Come visit us, we love you!! xx Ben and the girls ps hi to migs