The Doggfather almost didn’t make it to Kendal. Italian police had held him after it became apparent that he was travelling with $400,000 in his bags – a spot more than the 10,000 Euros the law allows to remain undeclared.
Demonstrating just how much he loves the Lake District, Snoop bravely left all his Benjamins with the Italian cops and continued on his way to Kendal. “I’ll come back any time for you people,” he declared at the end of his set. An expensive hobby, but clearly a worthwhile one given that he pulled by far the biggest crowd of the weekend – a thicket of humanity who nodded and body-popped like a raging North Sea to the likes of ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, Doggystyle greats like ‘Gin And Juice’, and his long line of collabs from Dre to Perry. He even nodded to the East Coast’s JFK, Biggie Smalls, with a cover in homage to the fallen rap god, plus a nod to his 2013 reggae reincarnation as Snoop Lion with a touch of Bob Marley.
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.