Finally: birthday time. A fireworks display burst over the lakes. Streamers ascended over the crowd. Long-time Kendal supporters, including Richard Branson, Lancashire Hotpots and British Sea Power, expressed their best wishes for the tenth anniversary on video.
A warm and fuzzy crowd sang ’Happy Birthday to their festival, then dispersed into the night, off out to Chai Wallahs, to the indie disco at Calling Out, off to Riot Jazz or the Lost Eden, to embrace the last few precious moments of the weekend.
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.