The ever-popular annual music festival Standon Calling is back. With its biggest number of attendees on record, this lively garden party turned festival drew the crowds to Hertfordshire for a weekend of sun soaked fun. Running from the 29th-31st of July, this boutique festival is set in an idyllic location, with easy access from both Cambridge and London. 'Legend of the Lost Seas' was this years theme, and from the moment I entered I was transported into founder Alex's imagination.
It is my 3rd time at Standon Calling, and once again they have provided a knock out line up that rivals that of larger festivals. Suede closed Friday night, whilst Jess Glynne and Kelis headlined over the course of the weekend, providing something for all age groups. Jess Glynne was my particular favourite, belting out hit after hit whilst maintaining a down to earth, grounded persona as she chatted between songs. Blossoms, Clean Cut Kid and Everything Everything also took to the main stage, The Hives rivalled the headline slot on Friday night, sorry Suede. Standon Calling has always championed up and coming music, proving to be a great source of discovering musicians, or genres that you may not think about listening to. The Hot 8 Brass Band came in to that category; fresh from New Orleans, their hip-hop, jazz and funk filled sound brought something completely new to Standon, proving to be a crowd favourite. A multitude of smaller stages showcased a variety of musicians, personal highlights being Flyte, Nadia Nair and Blood Red Shoes.
Alongside the music, Standon put on a variety of extra activities to pass time between acts.Rockakoke and Gospeloke at the Old Mout Kiwi Camp was the perfect opportunity for an out of tune sing along, whilst the Clock Tower hosted a 2 hour dance off. A music quiz brought out revellers competitive side, culminating in a 'show us your dance moves' round which got everyone young and old off their seats. Sunday began with the notorious dog show, which saw the return of the legendary Nigel, a beautiful and rather photogenic pooch who earned a respectable 3rd place in best dressed! Fairground rides proved popular with the younger generation, offering a spectacular view over the festival by night. Standon is not only renowned for its music; it provides an excellent array of comedy acts too, from stand up to improv.
Plenty of food stalls across the festival ensured no one went hungry, ranging from delicious macaroni cheese from the Mac Factory to headline act Kelis' Le Bun pop up restaurant, which offered mouth watering burgers for a bargain price. Pizzas, Nachos and Beef topped fries were a plenty, but no meal was complete without a slice of cake from Kitty's Cake Emporium. Bars offering beer, wine and cocktails kept the adults happy, and although at times the queues were vast, cheerful staff did their best to keep punters happy offering a large selection of drinks at reasonable prices, my favourite being a Gin Fizz from The Flaming Lips Bloody Mary Bar.
I will definitely be returning to Standon Calling; there are few festivals which manage to give you that same buzz you get from the first time you visit 3 years on, yet Standon does just that. Remarkably, it manages to appeal to everyone without trying too hard; an outdoor pool for the youngsters keeps children busy, late night music in the Cow Shed after festival face painting means teenagers can dance the night away, and music spanning all ages followed by a soak in the Soulful Sanctuary and Hot Tubs means the adults are pretty happy too. Families are well catered for when travelling as a group too; a baby and toddler area in the Kids Area keeps children occupied, and family camping area guarantees a good nights sleep. I will certainly be purchasing an early bird ticket to secure my spot for next year, as this hotly anticipated festival continues to grow in popularity. Be sure to get your tickets soon, you certainly don't want to miss out!
For the first time ever Standon Calling will open its doors early on Thursday afternoon and evening to extend what's already set to be a truly unforgettable weekend. The festival boasts an impressive musical line-up including the likes of Suede, Jess Glynne, Kelis, Everything Everything, The Hives and many more, plus its biggest family and food programmes to date. The Welcome Feast now adds even more reasons to head to Standon Calling this year.
Revealing a mouth watering line-up of food and drink last month including Le Bun, Club Mexicana, Maltby Market legends Waffle On, Made Of Dough, Cheeky Italian, Mac Factory as well as Standon Calling's own pop restaurant by Ceru, the festival will bring them all together for an evening of incredible food. Many traders will be offering smaller dishes of their signature dishes for £5 and under for hungry festival-goers that really want to take advantage of the feast. A Real Ale Bar co-curated by Hertfordshire
As well as offering delectable food and drink, The Welcome Feast will include Wandering Musicians playing acoustic folk and sea shanties along with Songs around the Campfire to bring the Standon Calling community together. Family activities and games are also on offer and Hot Tubsand Piano Bar provide respite from the action for those that like to relax before the full festival begins.
Standon Calling is the ultimate overgrown manor house party, offering renowned and upcoming acts, immersive theatre, a host of weird and wonderful workshops, fantastic family programme, talks, the annual dog show, a fancy dress parade and of course its own heated outdoor swimming pool. The story for this year is Legend of the Lost Seas, which will see the boutique festival pulling out all the stops for an immersive ride from start to finish. 2016 is shaping up to be a special year indeed.
Suede / Jess Glynne / Kelis
The Hives / Everything Everything / Ghostpoet / Anna Calvi / Blossoms / The Thurston Moore Group
Swim Deep / Tiggs Da Author / Toy / Loyle Carner / Adam Green / The Duke Spirit / Teleman / Honne / Natty / Billie Marten / NZCA Lines / The Hot 8 Brass Band / The Mouse Outfit / The Cuban Brothers / Declan McKenna / Kiko Bun / Blood Red Shoes / Meilyr Jones / Rag'n'bone Man / Rationale / Clean Cut Kid / Yak / The Hunna / Pins / Hackney Colliery Band / Jones / Charlie Cunningham / Flyte / United Vibrations / Revere / The Amazons / Tangerines / Exmagician / Hannah Lou Clark / Seramic / Maddox / Peluche / Bella Figura / Nadia Nair / Petricia
Theo Parrish / GOLDIE / Joey Negro
Gold Panda / Greg Wilson / Luke Abbott / Crazy P Soundsystem / DJ Format & Abdominal
Dr Packer / Kid Fiesta / The Mixnots / Nixwax
Hospitality Presents: London Elektricity / Fred V & Grafix / S.P.Y / Krakota / Hugh Hardie / Ownglow Wrec / Inja / Carasel
Savage Disco: Artwork / Purple Disco Machine / Jonjo Jury / Jonathan Bestley / Guy Williams
Ceru pop-up restaurant / Cheeky Italian / Le Bun / Ceru Souk / Club Mexicana
Spit and Roast / Made of Dough / Mac Factory / Yu Kyu / Barnaby Skyes
Ceru Souk / Toasties / Waffle on / Hippy Chippy / Goodness Gracious Me
Original Fry Up Material / Carnival Coffee
Baby & Toddler: Yoga / Massage / Multi-sensory Mini Raves / Storytelling / Toys & Games / Chill-out Zone / Change & Feed Facilities
Kids: Circus Skills / Hula Hoop Shows & Workshops / Juggling Performances / Street Dance Classes / Junk Craft / Puppetry / Mask Making / Jewellery Design / Dress-up / Nail Art / Library / Parachute Games / Rainbow Ribbon Dancing / Balloon Modelling / Bubbles
Older Kids & Teens: Workshops & Projects: DJ Skills / Film Production / Music Production / Creative Sessions / Giant Interactive Junk Art Installation
The Welcome Feast
Le Bun / Club Mexicana / Waffle On / Made Of Dough / Spit and Roast / Cheeky Italian / Ceru / Yu Kyu
Mac Factory / Barnaby Skyes / Carnival Coffee & Crepes / Hippy Chippy / Real-Ale Bar
Beefy Melons / Piano Bar / Wandering Musicians
Hot Tubs / Family Activities / Games / Songs by the Campfire
This July Standon Calling will host performances from some of the best musical talent around including Suede, Jess Glynne, Kelis, The Hives, Everything Everything and more for an unforgettable weekend of music, the best street food, family entertainment, interactive workshops, multiple venues, festival frolics and more. Not one to rest on its laurels, the festival now welcomes even more artists to join in on the party.
Heading to Standon and hailing from Brighton are indie-rockers Toy and punk duo Blood Red Shoes. NZCA Lines brings sci-fi and synthesizers to the festival and The Duke Spirit lead the myriad of new rock additions including NGOD, Yak, Hercules Morse, Fronteers, Animal Noise and Over The Edge.
Former Portishead DJ Andy Smith and Dub Pistol's founder Barry Ashworth join the festival's impressive electronic line-up. Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas' favourite band Inheaven are onboard along with the dark electronic sounds of Lea Lea, folk songstress Kelly Oliver and big brass from Hackney Colliery Band. A champion of local talent, Standon Calling will also welcome Hertfordhire's own The Hunna andWaste and further highlights across the weekend include Louis Barabbas & the Bedlam Six's mix of theatrical poetry and swing. City Shanty Band appropriately kick off Standon Calling's Legend of the Lost Seas story on the Friday, that will see the festival transformed into a post-apocalyptic nautical adventure.
Le Bun brings French and American cuisines together creating an explosion of flavour for Standon festival-goers' tastebuds this year. Picked up by Sunday Times' Gizzi Erskine and Jamie Oliver's production team, the food vendors have regular stints at Street Feast, National Burger Day amongst other venues.
Spit and Roast
Spit and Roast will bring the highest quality meat, marinated in buttermilk and fried with care and expertise. Armed with a decade worth of restaurant experience, creator Ross Gardner took the concept of simple roasted meat and sides to the streets and now sets his sights on Standon Calling.
Specialising in contemporary middle eastern delights, Ceru Souk will be creating Standon Calling's first ever pop-up restaurant as well as their own Ceru truck. Festival-goers will be able to try a vibrant and healthy, yet indulgent menu, perfect for enjoying between friends and family.
Since 2013 Cheeky Italian has pushed to change common perceptions of Italian food. Steering away from stereotypes such as pizza and pasta they showcase twists on classic comfort foods like deep fried lasagne rolls. Their aim is simple, fun, exciting and most importantly tasty.
Made of Dough
All the way from Brixton, London Pizza festival champions Made of Dough bring proper neapolitan pizza with a nod to southern Spain to Standon. Revellers should expect wood, smoke, noise, jokes and SERIOUS Pizza. Plus, they will be offering their famous make-your-own pizza workshops.
With Club Mexicana's number one goal being Mexican vegan dishes packed with flavour they certainly do not disappoint. Their menu includes vegan interpretations of meat dishes such as BBQ Pulled jackfruit and Beer-marinated seitan.
Camden Lock's favourite Mac n Cheese serve up gourmet dishes made with only the freshest ingredients, using their signature Sourdough based "Parmesan and thyme crumble" to perfectly top off the Mac. "Nothing compares to the buzz I get from serving our Gourmet Mac n cheese to large numbers of beautiful people in a rocking festival" – Graham of The Mac Factory.
Further culinary highlights come courtesy of Barnaby Sykes pies, Standon Calling's favourite Toasties and Japanese delights will also be on offer from the Yu Kyu. Other traders include Ceru truck-wraps, Original Fry Up Material, Goodness Gracious Me healthy vegan and Hippy Chippy. Borough Market legends Waffle On are on hand for a sweet treat and Carnival Coffee are back for the 9th year to deliver a caffeine kick.
Meantime return to Standon Calling for the fourth year. One of the UK's largest and most technologically advanced breweries, Meantime have been putting a unique and modern twist on London beer styles for the past 15 years. Revellers can expect brewery fresh lager served straight from the tank alongside some of the finest lagers and ales. For the first time Meantime will give festival-goers a virtual reality tour of its brewery with a special truck kitted out with Oculus Rift.
Standon Calling still has plenty of food & drink suprises in store for 2016, so watch this space for more exciting news.
Already offering an impressive array of live bands and acts for 2016, Standon Calling honours dance-heads with performances from some of electronic music's finest.
Newly confirmed artists for the festival include former Hacienda resident and UK dance music champion Greg Wilson, house label Nixwax, dance phenomenon Crazy P Soundsystem, Aussie DJ Dr Packer, DJ & MC duo DJ Format and Abdominal, Bloom founder Kid Fiesta and Liverpool DJ collective The Mixnots.
House pioneer and legendary DJ, Theo Parrish, heads to Standon this year to showcase why he has become one of the most respected and loved DJs in the world. GOLDIE who was recently awarded an MBE for his contribution to UK music also joins the fray along with experimentalist Luke Abbott and Gold Panda, who's set for his highly anticipated third album release in May.
Taking the festival into the early hours in Standon Calling's very own night club, the notorious Cowshed, stacked with a brand new soundsystem. Providing the soundtrack for revellers to dance under the stars will be Hospitality Records and Savage Disco who helm the decks for nightly takeovers. Celebrating 20 years in 2016, Hospital Records bring with them a handpicked selection of musical talent to the party. The formidable London Elektricity head the bill joined by Fred V & Grafix, S.P.Y, Krakota, Hugh Hardieand Ownglow plus MCs Wrec, Inja and Carasel are onboard to fire up the crowds. Taking a break from its usual hangout of an East London strip club, Sink The Pink's most outrageous club night, Savage Disco, joins Standon Calling for a night of all out hedonism. Taking over the decks will be the Grammy-nominated producer Artwork, Jonjo Jury, Jonathan Bestley, Guy Williams and deep funk DJ Purple Disco Machine, better know for his floor filling classic My House.
Along with the Cowshed, Standon Calling will also be home to four other micro venues. The Topshedwhich will see old friends return to Standon, Groove Garden will deliver a heady mix of disco, funk, soul and house poolside. Expect reggae vibes at Real Roots, while Beefy Melons Vintage Temple of Love and Gratitude is back with vintage threads, tunes and free watermelons.
A boutique festival with major musical ambition, Standon Calling has once again secured some of the best talent around for what will be a truly unforgettable weekend. Joining the festival's 11th edition will be the legendary Suede, set to deliver a headline performance of old school favourites and tracks from their recent critically acclaimed album Night Thoughts. Also heading up the bill are the Grammy-winning vocals of Jess Glynne, fresh from a stellar performance at last week's Brit Awards.
Renowned for her incredible live performances, the multi-talented musician and part-time chef Kelis will be bringing all the boys (and girls) to the yard. Swedish quintet The Hives famed for their famous brand of garage rock are also confirmed, as is Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine supergroup The Thurston Moore Band. Mercury Prize-nominees Everything Everything will no doubt have revellers in the party spirit with their genre-defying musical prowess. Further perfomances come courtesy of fellow Mercury Prize-nominee Anna Calviand winner Ghostpoet along with anti-folk singer-songwriter Adam Green, nine-piece hip-hop groupThe Mouse Outfit and rising Stockport rockers Blossoms who recently jumped to the top of the iTunes album chart.
Flying the flag for electronic music is house pioneer and legendary DJ, Theo Parrish. GOLDIE who was recently awarded an MBE for his contribution to UK music also joins the fray along with Dan Deacon, Gold Panda, Luke Abbott. Standon Calling's own night club, the Cowshed, returns to keep the party going well into the early hours. Seminal label Hospitality are onboard behind the decks for a special one night takeover and Sink The Pink's naughty little sister Savage Disco will take the helm for another night that promises plenty of camp hilarity.
Indie fans are well catered for as Standon adds Teleman, Meilyr Jones, Declan McKenna, Clean Cut Kid, Pins and Swim Deep. Honne bring their futuristic soul and Natty, Tiggs Da Author, Hot 8 Brass Band, United Vibrations, Kiko Bun and Rag'n'bone Man inject a welcome mix of jazz, funk, reggae & r&b to the party. Also on hand to keep crowds entertained will be comedic superstars The Cuban Brothers.
Standon Calling has become renowned for offering a great platform for rising musicians to cut their teeth and over the years Standon has hosted early performances from Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, Mumford and Sons, Bastille, Metronome, London Grammar, Clean Bandit, The Maccabees, Paloma Faith and more. This year the festival continues to support rising talent and welcomes Rationale, Loyle Carner, Billie Marten, Jones, Flyte, Charlie Cunningham, Tangerines
What started as a birthday BBQ and DJs with a handful of friends has become the perfect overgrown house party, offering renowned and upcoming acts, immersive theatre, a host of weird and wonderful workshops, talks, the annual dog show, a fancy dress parade and of course its own heated outdoor swimming pool. 2016 is already shaping up to be a special year with plenty more to be announced soon.
The theme for this year's festival will be announced this Saturday when Standon Calling takes over Vault Festival in London for a special Saturday night party on 5th March. Past themes have included ‘Murder on the Standon Express’, ‘Running Away from the Circus’ and ‘A Town of Two Faces’ and this year's theme is set to be even more ambitious.
Suede / Jess Glynne / Kelis
The Hives / Everything Everything / Ghostpoet / Anna Calvi / Blossoms / The Thurston Moore Band
Gold Panda / Loyle Carner / Adam Green / Teleman / Swim Deep / Tiggs Da Author / Honne / Natty / The Mouse Outfit / Meilyr Jones / The Cuban Brothers / Declan McKenna / Hot 8 Brass Band / Billie Marten / Rag'n'bone Man / Rationale / Clean Cut Kid / Kiko Bun / Jones / United Vibrations / Pins / Flyte / Charlie Cunningham / The Amazons / Tangerines / Exmagician / Hannah Lou Clarke / Seramic / Revere / Venice Trip / Peluche / Bella Figura / Nadia Nair / Petricha
Theo Parrish / GOLDIE MBE / Dan Deacon / Luke Abbott
Hospitality / Savage Disco
Groove Garden / Top Shed / Autumn Shift / Dog & Whistle
New additions to Standon's Sunday night revelry is a Club de Fromage vs. Coffin Dodgers Disco set on the clock tower stage at the centre of the festival. Standon goers take a step back as two of London’s mightiest club nights are going to slug it out for your love! Kings of pop Club de Fromage are taking on the golden oldies of Coffin Dodgers Disco in a battle of the titans! Expect general silliness, top tunes, giant balloons, free merchandise, the infamous limbo and lots more. Bring those dancing shoes and a comfy cardigan!
Standon Calling's founder, Alex Trenchard comments. "We're so pleased to have the BBC Introducing team curate one of our favourite stages at Standon and incredibly excited about the talent that is emerging from the surrounding areas. We're firm believers in supporting new and emerging talent and with a history of booking acts that go on to great things whether Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Clean Bandit, London Grammar, and we hope the eight selected artists will enjoy their time at Standon as much as we will undoubtedly enjoy their fantastic live performances."
BBC Introducing Three Counties comments, "Standon Calling has always been a great supporter of new music, showcasing acts like Mumford and Sons & Florence & The Machine early on their career. With that in mind in makes perfect sense for BBC Introducing to have our own stage there. We're very excited to show the festival the acts we have to offer. One day you'll tell your grandchild about the time you saw (insert name of the biggest band in the world) on the Introducing stage at Standon Calling."
Standon Calling will celebrate its 10th birthday in 2015. What started as a birthday BBQ and DJs with a handful of friends has become the perfect summer escape for festival-goers, offering renowned and upcoming acts, immersive theatre, a host of weird and wonderful workshops and talks, the annual dog show, a fancy dress parade and of course its own heated outdoor swimming pool. This year's music offering is a stand-out on the festival calendar with headliners Little Dragon, The Dandy Warhols and Basement Jaxx alongside Roots Manuva, Hercules & Love Affair, Saint Raymond, Ella Eyre, Slaves, Real Lies, Ezra Furman, Kwabs, All We Are and much much more.
Little Dragon / The Dandy Warhols (UK Exclusive) / Basement Jaxx
The Horrors / Roots Manuva / Hercules & Love Affair / Ella Eyre / Kwabs
The Antlers / Saint Raymond / Lucy Spraggan / DJ Yoda / The Cuban Brothers / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble / Prides / Slaves / Charlotte OC / Will & The People / Seinabo Sey / All We Are / Jamie Lawson
Revere / We Have Band / Rag‘n’Bone Man / Real Lies
Gabby Young & Other Animals / Jagaara / Remi Miles / Black Honey / Crows /
Syd Kemp / Black Delta Movement / Kiko Bun / The Thirst / Maddox / Waste / Patawawa
Sink The Pink presents Savage: The 2 Bears / Severino / Gaff-E / Jonjo Jury
Bondax & Friends: Maribou State [DJ] / Kidnap Kid, Jax Jones / Grades
Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge: present the Sunday Dingwalls Sessions
The Last Dance Saloon
BBC Introducing: Amber Run, Nova Twins, Attaque, Longy, Alice Walker, Youth Club, Natasha North, Kimberley Newell
Loose Music: The Magic Numbers / Danny & The Champions Of The World / Treetop Flyers / Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards / The Goat Roper Rodeo Band / Jo Rose / Canyon Ride
Bella Union: Ezra Furman / PINS / Zun Zun Egui / Clarence Clarity / Peter Broderick / exmagician / Bernard & Edith
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
The Mayor's Homecoming Jamboree Featuring: The Grand Old Ukes Of Yorkshire / The Ol' Brass Band / Rockaoke / Line Dancin' Classes / The Town Soapbox / Bluegrass & Rockabilly Bands Aplenty
Dr Leech's Wellness Center & Funeral Services: The Treatment Rooms Present: Tombstone Transformations, The Ride of Your Life in the Voodoo Taxi Wagon & Vanishing Graffiti Workshops / Art Macabre Death Drawing / A Beginners Guide to Taxidermy / Wild Wyatt’s Survival Camps: How Not To Die In The West / Potions & Poisons Masterclass
The Church Fate: Legs Akimbo Presents The Church / Gospel Choir / Aunt Annie's Bone Orchard Bake Sale & Bingo / A Conversation with Ghosts / Baptisms of Fire / Shotgun Weddings
The Last Dance Saloon: Salon London Presents: Dark Matters and Bright Ideas / The Telegraph Office: Wild Words of The West, The Radio Shack & The Newspaper Printing Press / The Cut-Throat Barbers: Talk-of-the-Town Hairstyling, Marvellous Makeovers & The Cut-Throat Cabaret Show / Wild Wyatt's Travelling Menagerie: Wildlife from the Wild West
Standon Favourites:Trapeze Lessons / Swimming Pool / The Annual Dog Show / A Parade of Dark & Light / Immersive Theatre / Happy Hoppers Games Arena
Known as much more than just a music festival, Standon Calling's tenth year as one of the UK's best-loved festivals will offer its widest array of activities yet for all the family. For the wranglers amongst us pony rides will be on offer at The Wagon Park whilst cowboys and cowgirls can tame their own wild animal at thebuild a grizzly bear workshop. If revellers plan to run away and join the circus the Full of Fire team will be on hand to teach festival-goers the art of juggling, diablo, hooping and (quite literally) clowning around.The Wagon Park will house many of the workshops and activities throughout the weekend. Whether you're on the hunt for gold in Standon's huge sand pit, woodcraft classes, costume making, cake decorating, jewellery design and much more the adventure will not stop throughout the whole weekend.
While this year will see the return of the much loved trapeze masterclasses, dog show and the outdoor heated open air swimming pool the Standon grounds will be transformed into a world where all is not as it seems. Returning for its 5th year, Autumn Shift who will bring for the first time Dr Jekyll's Hideout & Dr Franken's Mine to the woodlands of Standon which, much like the Victorian legend, will house two very different personalities. By day the frontier town will house the wildest steam and brass-powered bands, stand-up comedy from the likes of Robin Ince, spoken word and folk acts from the likes of super-talented Grace Petrie, dance, poetry and much more in amongst the Victorian-themed music hall. As day turns to night this is when the figures from beyond the woods descend on the town as many of the performers throughout the day will undergo a dark and mysterious transformation…
Ukelele supergroup The Grand Old Ukes of Yorkshire will bring their u(ke)nique take on classic anthems to the fields of Standon while a classic wild west showdown will take place at the centre of the town square as The Dance Off presents: The Hillbilly Hoedown. For those feeling inspired by the main stage acts then the Rockaoke will be on hand alongside creepy crawlie enthusiasts at The Travelling Menagerie, a place to get up close and personal with wild west wildlife, still life drawing workshop Art Macabre and the high-octane Pandemonium Drummers. Plus the opportunity to tame those tresses at the bespoke on-site pop up hair salon provided by the fashion driven hairdressing brand Blue Tit brining their raw and luxurious independent boutique salon experience to the festival fields.
Fuelling the adventure across the three-day festival will be a selection of the most appetising street food vendors from London and beyond. Whether you're looking for warming pie and mash from Barnaby Sykes, award winning crepes at The Creperie, freshly cooked Neopolitan pizzas at Made of Dough or simply a little pick me up at Carnival Coffee Standon Calling caters for every taste. For the meat lovers American style BBQ'd pulled pork will also be on offer alongside vegan and vegetarian offerings from the Bhangra Bus and Goodness Gracious. Craft beer, cider and spirit enthusiasts are also well catered for with the esteemed Meantime brewery on hand alongside the acclaimed Old Mout Cider and master distillersSipsmith.
As a longstanding friend of the festival the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! will be partnering up with the Standon Calling once again. Dedicated to eradicating the late detection of breast cancer the Boob Team will be on hand all weekend, teaching people how to check their boobs in their bright pink boob cube. Worried they won't be spotted them at the festival? Look out for gang dressed as giant boobs…
Standon Calling has unveiled another myriad of high class talent for its 10th anniversary outing. Ex-Orbital's Paul Hartnoll will now be bringing his solo project 8:58 to the Big Top stage and platinum-selling The Magic Numbers lead live additions to The Last Dance Saloon, along with Ezra Furman, PINS and much more. Formerly known as the Lawn Stage and inspired by the 2015 Wild West theme 'A Town of Two Faces', The Last Dance Saloon has been curated by champions of new music BBC Introducing, and independent record labels Loose Music and the hugely influential Bella Union. Leading electronic talent The 2 Bears, Maribou State, Severino of Horse Meat Disco, Kidnap Kid, Jax Jones and more will be behind the ones and twos in after dark takeovers of Standon Calling's famous nightclub, The Cowshed. Hosted by Bondax & Friends, Sink The Pink and Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge, The Cowshedwill ensure Standon Calling's birthday celebrations continue from dusk till dawn.
Standon Calling is gearing up for a truly unforgettable 10th birthday by inviting revellers and its favourite musicians from around the world to join in the celebrations. Today even more artists have been revealed, joining previously announced heavy weights Little Dragon, The Dandy Warhols (UK Festival Exclusive), Basement Jaxx, Roots Manuva, Hercules & Love Affair, Ella Eyre, Kwabs, Slaves and many more.
Following the split of the formidable Orbital last year, one half of the brother duo Paul Hartnoll will be taking over Standon's Big Top stage in 2015, with his new solo project 8:58. Out this week, 8:58's first album is already turning heads with collaborations with The Cure's Robert Smith, The Unthanks and Cillian Murphy. Standon Calling is incredibly excited to be having 8:58 performing live in The Big Top, on the opening night of it's 10th birthday bash.
In keeping with the festival's Wild West and day-to-night inspired theme 'A Town of Two Faces', Standon Calling will be delivering the very best in live music during the day in The Last Dance Saloon tent, while at night, electronic music's finest take over The Cowshed.
Americana label Loose Music's takeover of The Last Dance Saloon on Friday 31st July will see a special performance by The Magic Numbers. Renowned for their beautiful harmonies and blissful chorus hooks, the four-piece soared to success after their self-titled debut album. Now with Grammys, Mercury Prize nominations and four albums under their belt, the band will be unmissable in the intimate setting of The Last Dance Saloon. Also revealed for the Loose Music takeover is Danny & The Champions Of The World, who having spent much of 2014 touring around the world will be well up to the task of entertaining the crowds at Standon. They will be joined by the West Coast sounds of Treetop Flyers, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Jo Rose, Canyon Ride and Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards, who's 2014 album Distance came 'hugely recommended' by The Guardian and others in praising reviews.
The impressive Bella Union welcome some of its own exciting acts in a takeover of The Last Dance Saloon on Sunday 2nd August. With rave reviews of his riotous live shows, Ezra Furman will have crowds jumping when he performs over the weekend and festival-goers will in for a treat with further performances from Manchester all-female four-piece PINS, Zun Zun Egui, funk maestro Clarence Clarity, Peter Broderick with full live band, Bernard & Edith and the long awaited return of exmagician, formerly of Cashier No. 9.
Offering something completely different after dark, The Cowshed will be taken over each night by a different host for three very eclectic parties. Joining polysexual club crew Sink The Pink and their brand new dirty disco party Savage and providing the tunes will be one half of The 2 Bears and longtime DJ Raf Daddy, Severino of notorious party-starters Horse Meat Disco, colourful MC Gaff-E and DJ/ProducerJonjo Jury.
Bondax & Friends sees the urban dance pair joined by Maribou State, another duo well known for their well crafted, melodic gems as well as Black Butter beat-maker Kidnap Kid, Grammy-nominee and Duke Dumont collaborator Jax Jones and a producer on the cusp of major success, South London's Grades.
The Cowshed will also see Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge haul their massive record collections into The Cowshed to present the legendary jazz, funk and dance sounds of the original Dingwalls Sunday Sessions, established in 1987.