Tim Booth’s survivors have a special place in Kendal’s heart. They headlined three years ago, the same weekend the London Olympics were in full swing. Back with a sharp new album, they gave the crowd a masterclass in thirty years of British indie – from baggy classics like ‘Come Home’, to the Britpop-era likes of ‘Laid’, and late-period ‘Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)’. But the largest cheers were reserved, of course, for ‘Sit Down’. The band say they like to rotate their biggest hits ‘like farmers keeping fields fallow’, so it doesn’t feature in every year’s set list. Here, it was transformed into a soft, bluesy piano and guitar shuffle. After balancing on the crush barriers, Tim dived his yoga-toned frame into the crowd, all the while grinning his head off.

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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.


Photographs by Tom Martin, Scott Salt, Lisa Errico, Benjamin Paul, Ian Taylor, Paul Whiteley, Giulia Spadafora and Amy Weightman.
Words by Gavin Haynes. Web development by Andrew Kendall for Digital Photo Gallery. Art direction by Kris Atomic.