The balmy days of summer might seem a long way away but festival announcements are coming thick and fast as organisers tempt you to flash that credit card in their direction.
Just over an hour’s drive from most of us in the North-East, Kendal Calling runs from Thursday 27th until Sunday 30th July, and has one of the strongest line-ups so far this year. There’s a ton of bands that may have to fight it out over top billing but what caught our eye with this year’s edition is how well represented the North-East music scene is. Five of our region’s acts have already been announced and there’s always the possibility of more to come.
Garage rockers The Pale White (who have a new single out this week) take the muddy steps up to the next level with a likely appearance on the Calling Out stage. Newcastle’s alternative RnB gang SoShe build on a busy and productive 2016 by making an appearance and, after well received slots at Leeds and Reading festivals last year, there’s no let up in buzz from the enigmatic Eat Fast. Also on the bill are veteran scenesters Little Comets and Sunderland’s Field Music.
With the likes of Stereophonics and Manic Street Preachers on board to keep the oldies happy, there are also performances by Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Editors, Jake Bugg and probably the biggest coup of all; the legendary Brian Wilson performing The Beach Boys‘ Pet Sounds in full. Anyone who attended his show at Sage Gateshead last year knows how special this is so another opportunity to marvel at it all over again is not to be missed.