OK so this really is a quick post on the fly as I have gotta dash out, but if I don’t make a start on it I wont get round it! I will flesh it out with some words tomorrow. The long and short of it is as I reported a while back that I got invited to shoot for Kendal Calling festival off the back of the organisers seeing some of my generic festival photos from last years event.
Well I went, I saw I shot! There were definitely some great bands on show and the festival overall was a massive improvement on last year, with many more and certainly cleaner toliets to boot! I have a feeling that it will grow in to something special over the next few years and if the organisers can hang on to the current site, Lowther Deer Park, although not strictly in Kendal I think I shall look forward to this event for many more years to come. Having a press pass this year and standard photo policy of first three songs and no flash definitelty made me concentrate my effort and I am pleased with the images I captured.
Highlights for me this year would have to be The Streets, Skinner and co turned in a top performance and were a delight to shoot, unlike a lot of dull rock bands he was keen to come to the front of the stage and throw some shapes. The same could be said for Ash, who have aged well andand turned a great headline set on the Sunday evening, like Skinner they worked the stage and got the crowed amped up during an an energetic set, most notably the bassist, who having few lines to sing worked the amp and his portion of the stage like a true rock legend!
Essential festival wear, even I sprung for wellies this year not wanting to get caught and a I was glad I did, after heavy rain on the Friday evening and further showers on the following morning the lush green grass of Lowther Deer Park quickly turned to red clay mud!
Last years stand out performance by far for me was DJ Yoda’s genre defying mash up mix, throwing together the likes of the Antiques Roadshow theme, The Simpsons, assorted drum and bass and quite ironically at the time Jay Z and Wonderwall back to back, it all sounds wrong but it worked, believe me. Well this years cool crown definitely went Mr. Beardy Man, this guy is a beat boxing legend. Accompanied by a guitarist he managed to pull of Misirlou (from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack), Outta Space (Prodigy), Superstylin (Groove Armada) and Feeling Good (Nina Simone) amongst countless other amazing feats of lip, breathing and vocal control.
Craig Charles rounded stuff off late on the Sunday evening / Monday morning with a pounding funk and soul DJ set, I was a bit bemused to see him on the line up but apparently he has a radioshow on 6 music and boy he didnt disappoint a rammed tent of tired and muddy festival folk.
Special mention should go to Andy and Kevin who we met up with on more than one occaision in the photo-pit. Often when you meet other photographers, of a certain standard at events like this there is the potential, lets face for them to be completely stuck up their own A**ES! But these guys were two of the nicest pro togs I have met to date, check out their work if you get a second.
To see more pictures from the festival simply click on any of the shots and that will take you to the whole set on Flickr, featuring Ash, The Streets, The Zoutons, Idlewild, Goldie Looking Chain, Nine Black Alps, Sunshine Underground, Beardy Man, Cornershop, The Rumble Strips, The Kabeedies, Craig Charles (DJ Set),
Howard Marks and lots more.