Kodaline issued a kode red on Friday night, after one of their number went down ill. Thankfully, some long-time friends of Kendal were on-hand to fill-in for their vacated Saturday evening main stage slot.
Gruff Rhys’ legendary Power Rangers helmet made an appearance early on for oldie ‘Placid Casual’, while the bulk of the set concentrated largely on mid-period Brian Wilson-tinged pop faves like ‘Rings Around The World’. Despite the late addition, a hardcore of Furries superfans were making themselves known down the front of the stage. They saved the day’s biggest mass pogo for SFA’s traditional closer – ‘The Man Don’t Give A Fuck’ – which saw the band walk offstage, then come back on, rounding off their capitalist-skewering classic wearing wookie suits to thrash its acid rock squelch to a blinding white noise crescendo.
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
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