Kendal Calling 2015

This year was the first time I’ve ever been to a music festival – yes, at the age of 45. Down in the Lake District near Penrith – Kendal Calling held usually at the end of July. It’s really only a little festival (25,000 or so) and it did have quite a nice ‘feel’ to it with lots of little events and stages out in the outlying wooded areas:

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look out for those damn dragons

The lineup for 2015 was pretty good (full list here) – with Saturday being Elbow and Sunday…The Kaiser Chiefs (what a surprise!). Kaisers on Sunday were pretty awesome but the highlight for me was actually Elbow:

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Elbow

The weather wasn’t all that bad – although a fair bit of rain on the Sunday, Jennifer and I spent a very pleasant Saturday afternoon on the viewing deck listening to new discoveries for us: Nick Mulvey being one great standout.

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Nick Mulvey

Kodaline were suppose to play on Saturday but had to pull out due to illness and were replaced at the last minute by The Super Furry Animals who were just brilliant…nuts but brilliant:

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Super Furry Animals – pure nuts

We went with some good friends of ours (leaving the wee ones at Nanas) and it was good to catch up and have some beers and listen to some great bands:

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Why have one beer when you can have two?

With Jennifer being on chemo and music festivals being fairly rainy, muddy and grubby places we had to take certain precautions to mitigate against infection risks and also have access to a place to rest as she was fairly tired a lot of the time due to the treatment. That aside it was a pretty awesome time as we timed it to be there between her medication cycles.

We also hired one of these to ‘camp’ in:

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The only way to camp at a festival

For resting we had access to the viewing area where Jennifer (and I as her carer) could go and rest when she got exhausted:

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Sunshine and music

What a great weekend it was.

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The Kaiser Chiefs
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