If you’re heading to Kendal Calling Festival this weekend then GIGsoup have selected five incredible artists you simply shouldn’t miss.
Molotov Jukebox (For those who like Smerins Anti Social Club, The Skints, The Baghdaddies)
Exciting, explosive and exotic. This unique London six piece are definitely a band to look out for during the festival. Natalia Tena, known for her roles in Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, is a wonderful lead with her sultry vocals and fantastic range. The bands multifarious mixture of sounds will guarantee to have you up on your feet instantly. The latin rhythms, tropical sounds, funky bass, ska and gypsy beats blow every audience into a state of blissful euphoria. The band are a must see when it comes to festivals, they will bring you sunshine, whatever the weather!
Will Varley (For those who like Billy Bragg, Beans on Toast or Frank Turner)
Looking for a great storyteller? Someone witty, thought provoking and undoubtedly talented? Say no more, Will Varley is an incredible songwriter without a doubt. The British folk singer has a decidedly moving repertoire of songs, intertwined with many humorous ones. Will’s song writing is varied, and with his guitar in hand, he will stun any audience. He’s not a band, but Will Varley is not to be missed this festival.
The Sherlocks (For those who like The Courteeners, The Strokes or Blossoms)
The Sherlocks are two sets of brothers from Sheffield that are taking the British indie alternative scene by storm. The Crook brothers, Kiaran and Brandan cover vocals, guitar and drums. While Josh and Andy Davidson take the bass and guitar. The band create an energetic indie paradise with their instantly lovable style. Kiaran Crook could really be the next Liam Fray, so if The Courteeners are your cup of tea, you can’t afford to miss these guys!
Maximo Park (For those who like The Libertines, The Enemy or The Futureheads)
Paul Smith’s loud, enticing stage presence will draw anybody in instantly. The Newcastle Upon Tyne band have played huge sell out shows, such as British Summer Time in Hyde Park 2015. With insightful songs and Smith’s infectious energy on stage, it is impossible to keep still whilst watching!
Chainska Brassika (For those who like Madness, Harry J or The Specials)
If you aren’t familiar with this upbeat ska ensemble from Lewisham already, be sure to check them out at Kendal Calling! The chainska fun and flowing energy will put a smile on your face and get everyone on their feet. The band have recently supported Madness on their Grandslam tour and won the first World Reggae contest. The band encompass everything a festival is, take some time to ‘Unwind’ and go and enjoy this talented lot.
This Kendal Calling Article was written by Lauren Scott, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.