Three top twenty hits in a row, possessor of a MOBO for ‘Best Newcomer’, a modelling contract for Armani, and a freshly-minted Cosmo cover, Ella Eyre hasn’t even released a debut album yet, but she was clearly the act of the moment. Saturday afternoon, as the sun actively blazed down on Kendal, she treated families sprawled on the grass to a boisterous set of her big-throated soul, bouncing about the stage with the excitement of a girl who’d just been given her own Cosmo cover and Armani contract. Had it been dark, the lighters would’ve been out for ‘Together’, but ‘If I Go’ better matched the freewheeling mood of the afternoon. The album only drops in the middle of August. On the back of this performance Kendalers who saw her can say they got in on the ground floor.
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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