From the Fields is a passionate collection of producers, bookers and marketers with a strong record of delivering award-winning and critically acclaimed programmes. The company name references its roots in the green-field festival scene, where it has established an exemplary reputation from organising flagship events Kendal Calling (capacity 25,000) and the science, music and culture weekend Bluedot (capacity 15,000).
FTF has worked on an extensive range of creative projects, from town centre parades through to projection mapping the Lovell Telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, not to mention its musical curation – which has included The Chemical Brothers, Flaming Lips, Manic Street Preachers, the Stereophonics, Sigur Ros, Snoop Dogg, Mumford and Sons, The Pixies, Orbital, Blondie, Dizzee Rascal and so many more!
With a decade-long résumé of sellout events, featuring international talent at an unrivalled Lake District location, Kendal Calling has matured into a flagship festival in the UK. Launched by From the Fields co-directors Ben Robinson and Andy Smith, this multi award-winning event has steadily grown from an intimate gathering of 900 to a leading, multi-genre music and arts festival of 25,000. During this time, the likes of Mumford & Sons, Calvin Harris, Blondie, Dizzee Rascal, Elbow, Snoop Dogg, Vaccines and many more have graced the fields, alongside an immeasurable number of other up and coming acts and artists. Kendal Calling enjoys a remarkably diverse, growing and dedicated fanbase, and demand for tickets continues to rise each year. While the size and shape of Kendal Calling has changed over time, its values remain the same: innovation, creativity, and a core commitment to improving festival-goer experience. Visit the festival website for tickets and more information.
2018 saw bluedot enter its third and biggest year yet, with headliners The Chemical Brothers closing to a capacity crowd following performances by The Flaming Lips and the Halle Orchestra, and appearances from Richard Dawkins, Dallas Campbell and more.
Taking place at Jodrell Bank, the observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for discovery, bluedot is an intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space.
bluedot festival has been supported by the UK Space Agency, showcasing Tim Peake’s voyage from his visit to the International Space Station down to Earth in it’s inaugural year.
2016 saw our first, sold out multi-venue music event and conference set in Manchester’s iconic Northern Quarter. Off the Record is all about innovative ideas, new music and emerging artists hand picked by trusted curators including Guy Garvey, Huw Stephens, Lara bBarker and Tom Lovett – to name a few!
With the spotlight being on over 30+ budding artists, music lovers have the chance to see blossoming bands and talented artists perform in six legendary music venues all with a five-minute walk from each other.
Launched in 2011, Arts by the Sea is Bournemouth’s premier festival of intriguing performance and installation art, dance, comedy and theatre.
From the Fields Ltd is responsible for the artistic direction of the event,which is undertaken in view of the audience development priorities of its core funders.
The 2017 and 2018 programme has been developed by FTF to include a Fringe Festival, to accommodate the rapidly increasing number of creative contributors to the event.
inner city electronic is a multi-venue electronic music festival based in Leeds. Curated by Ralph Lawson, inner city electronic features a wide range of DJ sets, live performances, talks and workshops set across a selection of innovative city centre spaces. Our aim is to explore and celebrate electronic music, culture and community.
inner city electronic’s first year saw us joined by the likes of Floating Points, KiNK, Peggy Gou, Andrew Weatherall, Midland, Joy Orbison, Helena Hauff, Dopplereffekt, Paul Woolford, Objekt, Avalon Emerson, Crazy P Soundsystem, Horse Meat Disco & PBR Streetgang to name just a few. All performing alongside our talk and workshop program which included technology showcases from the likes of Pioneer DJ, Roland, Rane, Akai, TPI Sound and many more, our live masterclasses with KiNK and Prince Fatty, an in conversation series featuring Craig Richards, Midland and Paul Woolford, as well as a variety of talks and panels focusing on music industry and culture.
Set in the shadow of the iconic Lovell Telescope, Live from Jodrell Bank brings together music and science with high level production making each show one of a kind. Previous headliners have included Sigur Rós, Elbow, Flaming Lips, New Order & Manchester Orchestra the Hallé. The events also feature science activities curated by Jodrell Bank, with live experiments, panel discussions and workshops. A location like no other the shows have seen some memorable occasions. The Lovell Telescope being transformed into a 76 metre circular projection screen with bespoke visuals, including a disco ball! Elbow’s homecoming show in 2012 was released as the band’s first live DVD. Professor of Astrophysics Tim O’Brien hosted a live link up with an observatory in the Andes Mountains in Chile, inspiring chants of“Science!, science!, science!” from an excited audience.
Drawing on a wealth of experience from both the private and public cultural sectors, From the Fields work with local government, public attractions and business improvement districts to develop creative programmes, festivals and events.
From large scale spectaculars through to intimate street theatre, our team of Creative Producers are able to deliver outstanding programmes of art and culture for both urban and greenfield settings.
Its projects can be designed to meet a wide range of strategic aims, from civic regeneration and business improvement, through to social engagement and the nurturing of artistic talent. The team at From the Fields has extensive expertise in working with cultural funders, including Arts Council England, and is able to to work with organisations to help them access further support for artistic programmes and events.
The range of support we can offer includes:
From the Fields Ltd has been scooping nationally and internationally recognized awards for its festival creations since 2006. Kendal Calling has regularly picked up gongs at the UK Festival Awards, which are determined by audience vote, though the From the Fields team have also been recognized for creativity and innovation in their delivery of Transmissions at Jodrell Bank, when they won the Extra Festival Activity award for the projection on the giant Lovell telescope. A full list of Awards and Commendations is found below.
Marketing Campaign of the Year 2017 [Kendal Calling]
Best Medium Festival 2016 [Kendal Calling]
New Festival on the Block 2016 [bluedot]
Mind Blowing Spectacle 2016 [bluedot]
Best Toilets 2015 [Kendal Calling]
Best Bar Non Award 2014
Attitude is Everything Silver Award 2014 [Kendal Calling]
Best Medium Festical 2013 [Kendal Calling]
Attitude is Everything Bronze Award 2013 [Kendal Calling]
Festival Activity 2012 [Live from Jodrell Bank]
Best Tourism Event of the Year [Live from Jodrell Bank]