Toy, The Duke Spirit and more added to Standon Calling

Standon Calling has added even more artists to it burgeoning line-up including Toy, The Duke Spirit, NZCA Lines, Blood Red Shoes, Yak and more to perform at the Hertfordshire festival, 29th – 31st July. Day splits and day tickets have been unveiled and with the festival just under an hour from London, its now even easier for fans to catch their favourite acts. Standon Calling returns to the beautiful manor grounds setting of Standon Lordship, inviting thousands of revellers for a magical weekend of live music & DJs, family entertainment, swimming in the outdoor heated pool and day to night hedonism. Day tickets are on sale now at £57, weekend tickets at £147. 

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 ShoesNZCA Lines brings sci-fi and synthesizers to the festival and The Duke Spirit lead the myriad of new rock additions including NGODYakHercules MorseFronteersAnimal 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.

Digitalism, The Joy Formidable and more for Standon Calling


Signed to ultra-hip label, Kitsuné, the duo have been filling dance floors to bursting point since 2004 with their indie, electronic crossover tunes. As adept at DJ sets as they are live performance Digitalism blend the two expertly, they will be the perfect climax to a day of festival partying. Sure to deliver a much welcomed tidal wave of dreamy, euphoric rock to the festival, The Joy Formidable are the next addition. The Welsh trio have recently toured with Muse and are due to head out on a mammoth tour of the States imminently, their set at Standon Calling will no doubt see an energetic, riff-laden return to the UK.
Also joining 2013’s line-up are The Music’s Rob Harvey and The Streets’ Mike Skinner, performing as their collaborative project The D.O.T. The duo’s album combines their respective influences, twisting out an audio-cocktail dubbed by the NME as “an indie-rap-disco-pop-electronica-crossover”, a mix that will have the Standon Calling crowd bouncing this summer. Speaking to 6 Music today about the need for a project after The Streets Mike Skinner said:

“Any band is kinda a bit like quicksand, it gradually dries. I had it with The Streets and [Rob] had it with The Music, it’s like ‘hey we can do anything we want!’… Five albums down it’s like ‘right you’ve got to write another song about breaking up with a girl', and Rob’s band had to find another riff. And that’ll happen to The D.O.T. but now we’re in that second stage bit where we know what it is”

Further additions come in the form of Psychedelic London-based rockers Toy, and hip-hop turntablist DJ Yoda who will be joined the bonkers Balkan sounds of Trans Siberian Marching Band.
Elsewhere on the line-up Public Service Broadcasting, The Skints, Shields, Lazarus & The Plane Crash, Rotten Hill Gang, London Afrobeat Collective, Band of Buriers, Trenton & Free Radicalalso add to Standon Calling’s kaleidoscopic offering.
Weekend tickets, currently available at the tier one price of £99 are available to order

2013 theme – ‘Running away from the Circus’
Fans and tickets holders can now plan their all important costume as Standon Calling reveals this year’s theme. In the past the festival has seen sea monsters, zombies, greek gods and more wacky creations dance across the fields. 2013 calls for interpretations on the theme ‘Running Away From the Circus’.

For the first time ever, the festival will house an actual on-site circus with The Standon Calling Big Topshowcasing live circus acts by day and a fantastic array of bands and DJs by night. Everywhere festival-goers venture they’ll stumble upon pockets of performance, themed sideshows and secret areas.

Festival-goers can actually become part of the circus and perform at Standon Calling in front of friends, family and fellow festival-goers. The art of illusion, clowning, fire juggling, slack rope walking and even violin playing whilst stilt walking will all be possible. Further details on ticket prices including two days of circus training and workshops are to be revealed soon.
During the day people can enjoy a drink in the on-site pub, The Strongman’s Arms, which will host sessions including the Science of Building a Human Pyramid, the Art of WhippingConquer Your Fear of ClownsArt Macabre Life Drawing and a Circus Smell Safari.

Late at night the Forest of Freaks will be the place to be. Here the dark underbelly of the circus is revealed as the lunatics that entertain during the day let their collective hair down, indulge in their dreams and offer a variety of nocturnal entertainment.

Vodafone Paredes de Coura festival lineup details

New Musical Express considered Toy to be one of the bands to follow in 2012 and for Guardian their debut album “Toy” is "excellent … sounds like a jam session in the late 80's / early 90's between Stereolab, Pulp and Felt …".

The first single "Left Myself Behind" was followed by "Motoring", the perfect soundtrack for a road trip on the way to Coura. Toy have played in several British festivals last summer and were invited to support Primal Scream’s concerts in Scotland.

Omara "Bombino" Moctarin, is also confirmed to play the Vodafone mainstage on 14th August. Bombino’s new album will be launched in 2013, produced by Dan Auerbach, frontman of the Black Keys. Descending from the Berbers of Northern Africa, Bombino was born in Niger near Agadez. He spent much of his life in the desert, looking after animals while playing guitar inspired by Jimi Hendrix or Mark Knopfler.