From the Fields




From the Fields is a dynamic and innovative promotions team who specialise in festival and boutique events and experiences.

It’s growing portfolio of events include Kendal Calling, Live From Jodrell Bank, Bluedot & Off The Record. With an eye for detail and a flair for creating unique experiences, the award winning team draws upon the wealth of industry experience enjoyed by its directors, Andy and Ben, as well as the experience and expertise of its Head of Marketing and Communications, Jamie Smith, and its Head of Operations Meredith.

From artists booking, design & promotion to boutique camping & immersive arts From The Fields curates events with a personal touch and award winning creativity.



Kendal Calling 

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.


Taking place this July at Jodrell Bank, the observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for discovery, is an intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space.

Discover the infinite playground of bluedot, which promises discovery on every level, from huge headliners, to awe-inspiring astronomy, to science and space successes.

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.

bluedot is created in collaboration with the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

Live From Jodrell Bank 

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. Live from Jodrell Bank will be returning to orbit in 2016.

Off The Record 

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.

The acts were all NEW with a huge focus on the undiscovered with the line up not being released until 24 hours before the event!

Arts By The Sea 

Launched in 2013, Arts by the Sea is Bournemouth’s premier festival of performance and installation art, dance, comedy and theatre. It is a National Portfolio Organisation, with significant investment from Bournemouth Borough Council and the Arts Council England.

Bournemouth Borough Council appointed FTF as the festival’s Artistic Leaders in early 2016, following an intensive pitching and selection process. The company 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 programme has been developed by FTF to include a Fringe Festival, to accommodate the rapidly increasing number of creative contributors to the event.



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]




We are hiring! Monday the 2nd of October 2017

We are hiring! Marketing & Digital Design – View Marketing & Digital Designer Job Spec here. Please send all applications to

UK Festival Award Winners!! Wednesday the 7th of December 2016

We are thrilled to once again to be named as the 'Best Medium Festival' in the UK Festival Awards. We'd like to thank everyone who voted, you make Kendal Calling what it is. Thank you all so much for the…

European Festival Awards Wednesday the 7th of December 2016

We are extremely happy to announce that bluedot; an intergalactic festival of discovery at the amazing Jodrell Bank, which had it's debut this July, has been shortlisted for 'Best New Festival' in the European Festival Awards 2016. Wish us…

Off the Record Debut Monday the 14th of November 2016

Our first ever Off the Record took place on 4th November and featured 30 up and coming artists picked by our team of curators. We were so happy to announce that the first event was a sell out and can't…

UK Festival Awards Short List Wednesday the 9th of November 2016

We're delighted to announce that From the Fields has made it to the final short lists for 10 awards this year in the UK Festival awards held in London at the end of the month. From the Fields Promoter of…

AIF Award Winners! Wednesday the 9th of November 2016

We're pleased to announce that bluedot won not one, but two awards at the AIF awards last week. Our new show bluedot took away New Festival on the Block and Mind Blowing Spectacle for the Brian Eno installation on the Lovell Telescope! We're also…

FTF Office Tunes Friday the 29th of April 2016

While we’re beavering away planning all our festivals to create the best summer season, we also take some time to dig in to some pretty big tunes in the office. Here at FTF HQ, we’ve put our heads together and curated a Spotify playlist full of our…

Access Starts Online Friday the 22nd of April 2016

Here in the From The Fields HQ we’ve been hard at work creating the best festivals for you all this summer. Amongst all the planning we are pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded ‘Access Starts Online’ for all of our festivals; Kendal Calling, Forgotten…

We have lift off. New festival at Jodrell Bank launched. Monday the 14th of March 2016

Here at From the Fields, we are happy to announce that we have launched our new three day intergalactic festival bluedot and it's getting ready to lift off for the first time 23rd - 25th July 2016 at Jodrell Bank,…

FTF Update Thursday the 25th of February 2016

It's been a very busy couple of months in the From the Fields office with a whole bunch of bookings and a tonne of festival preparations going on. We've been working hard on launching super new shows and building three…

BIMM Festival Futures Friday the 5th of February 2016

The association of independent festivals AIF and educational institution for music BIMM are partnering up to bring us their very own Festival Futures music conference here in Manchester. The brand new conference touches down here in Manchester on Thursday 7th…

We are up for European Promoter of the year! Tuesday the 24th of November 2015

We're delighted to announce that From The Fields has made it to the final shortlist in this year's European Festival Awards, for Promoter Of The Year (decided by industry jury) The winner will be announced on January 14th at Eurosonic Noorderslag, Holland. Wish the team…

From The Fields shortlisted for multiple awards Monday the 2nd of November 2015

From The Fields are delighted to have been shortlisted by the UK Festival Awards in the following categories; Kendal Calling - Best Medium Festival, Best Family Festival, Best Line-Up and Best Toilets Forgotten Fields has been nominated in its inaugural…

New website now live Wednesday the 7th of October 2015

We are delighted to launch From The Fields! From The Fields are behind the award winning Kendal Calling music festival, Forgotten Fields & Live From Jodrell Bank: Transmission series. With over ten years promoting breathtaking live shows and experiences. BLAH BLAH

Awards season is upon us Wednesday the 7th of October 2015

We are over the moon that Kendal Calling & Forgotten Fields have beennominated at this year’s UK Festival Awards in the following categories! >> Kendal Calling Best Medium Festival Best Family Festival Best Toilets Forgotten Fields Best Small Festival Best…
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