Tim Burgess has had a strange, wonderful career renaissance in recent years. He’s become an unlikely brand – releasing a cereal with Kellogg’s called ‘Totes Amazeballs’, doing his own line of Fair-trade coffee, and being immortalised as a cartoon. Just a month ago, his iconic fringe was turned into a work of art for the Manchester Fringe Festival.
Much of that re-imagining of the Charlatans singer began four years ago, when the organisers of Kendal got in touch to see if he wanted to curate the little cabin at the top of the Lowther Deer Park site.
Tim knew he had to name it after his favourite TV show ever, and armed with that cheeky homage, in the past few years, it’s become Kendal’s most beloved pocket of Manc eccentricity. A place to go for a smooth cup of Tim Peaks coffee, to put your feet up, and bask in the variety of Tim’s enclave. This year has included Northern Soul dance classes, a four hour Saturday night dub marathon from Prince Fatty, and Jodrell Bank astrophysicist Professor Tim O’Brien. We caught up with Tim in the middle of his Saturday afternoon DJ set in his mountainous Peaks lair.
And now, with the tenth anniversary over, Andy and Ben and everyone on the team would like to take this moment to say a very special thanks.
“From that first tent-pole climbing high-wire act at Abbot Hall Park in Kendal a decade ago, we never believed it would turn into what it has. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every single person who has, by coming or contributing, made this festival with us.”
See you in the fields for another ten years.
Ian Taylor, Paul Whiteley,
Giulia Spadafora and
Words by Gavin Haynes. Web development by Andrew Kendall for Digital Photo Gallery. Art direction by Kris Atomic.