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Kendal Calling 2018 top picks & playlist

 

Kendal Calling have yet again packed their line up with a sensational list of timeless, current and up and coming artists leading to a sell out for the 13th year running. We’ve highlighted a handful of incredible acts for you to catch on this year’s stages…

Discovering her inspiration through 80s pop acts such as The Cure, Manchester born vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie formed Pale Waves – best described as a taste of The 1975, mixed with that old school pop-synth. The band includes drummer Ciara Doran, bassist Charlie Wood and guitarist Hugo Silvani who were signed by label Dirty Hit in 2017, and are now scheduled to perform at multiple festivals across the Summer. As well as Kendal, you can catch them at Dot to Dot, Community and Reading & Leeds.

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Sheffield boys The Sherlocks made their debut in 2010 by selling out the city’s local Leadmill venue before releasing single ‘Live for the Moment’. The indie rock band consists of two sets of brothers who have spent previous years supporting the likes of The Courteeners and The Libertines, and have become known after their slots at huge UK festivals such as Reading & Leeds and Dot to Dot, and SXSW in the USA. Popular tracks include ‘Heart of Gold’ and ‘Chasing Shadows’ from their most recent album ‘Live for the Moment’.

Colouring’s house influenced, experimental sound creates an atmospheric blend of deep beats and electro pop. The British boys formed from Goldsmith University and 5 years later, signed with Interscope Records which lead them to the release of their first single, ‘In Motion’. If you want something a little different, be sure to catch them at Kendal for an incredible set following their American tour.

Marsicans kicked off 2018 with the release of their brand new single ‘Wake up Freya’ by LAB Records and went on to record a session in the iconic Maida Vale studios for Radio 1. The boys debut album ‘Absence’ was released in 2016 and has lead them to a UK tour with friends Vistas. Marsicans indie-pop vibe is happy and upbeat; absolutely perfect for running around the Kendal fields in the Summer sun! You’ll find them on the Calling Out stage alongside Pale Waves and Colouring.

Other acts announced include Marmozets, who were awarded best album of 2015 by Kerrang!, alternative punk-rock trio The Blinders and Black Honey who previously supported Royal Blood on their huge UK tour. Kendal’s also throwing it back with White Lies and The Libertines for a bit of old school post-punk. See you in the fields!

Words by Sophie Eastham // @sophyvictoriae