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Standon Calling
Standon Calling

About Standon Calling

Standon Calling Festival is a true labour of love that over recent years has grown from a small gathering of friends into of the UK's most loved festivals.

The beginnings of Standon Calling couldn’t be more humble. Starting “with 25 friends, a swimming pool, a set of decks and a birthday BBQ”, Standon Calling’s first year was put on in celebration of founder Alex Trenchard’s birthday, with the team today saying they had never planned to create a festival which now attracts guests from all over the country. After the inaugural year, bands were invited to play on a makeshift stage, which eventually collapsed, but after honing their carpentry skills, the fun continued to what it is today.


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Orbital / Grace Jones / Clean Bandit

Editors / Slaves / Laura Mvula / Gary Numan / Kate Tempest / Steve Mason / KT Tunstall / Nothing But Thieves
(!!!) Chk Chk Chk / British Sea Power / Slow Club / Idris Elba

Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) / Akala / Fickle Friends / Nadia Rose / Dutch Uncles / Kero Kero Bonito / Cabbage / The Cuban Brothers / Plastic Mermaids / Strong Asian Mothers / John Hassall & The April Rainers / Idles / Charlie Cunningham / Lucy Spraggan / Tangerines / Peluche / The Wandering Hearts / Venn / Jae Tyler / Volkova Sisters / Club Drive / Skinny Living / Catherine Mcgrath / Josephine And The Artizans / Cronicle / Alex Francis / Baron Goodlove And The Dreadful Noise / Andy Grant Trio / Outlya / Yonaka / Tin Pigeons / Hattie Whitehead / Maddox / Waste / Bring Your Own Brass / Lisa Adele Martin (Bbc1) / Lindstrøm / Dj Yoda / Mike Skinner & Murkage Presents Tonga / Doc Brown / Horse Meat Disco / Asadinho / Maxxi Soundsystem / The Menendez Brothers / Kalyde / Jive Talk / Edward Adoo / Zig Ah Zig Ah / Kid Fiesta / Hospitality Takeover: Metrik / Hospitality Takeover: Nu:Logic / Hospitality Takeover: Fred V & Grafix / Hospitality Takeover: Etherwood / Hospitality Takeover: Anile / Groove Garden Djs / Dig It Soundsystem / Sink The Pink / Club De Fromage Party Nights / Comedy! James Acaster / Comedy! John Robins / Matthew Bourne’s Re:Bourne

About Standon Calling (continued)

Growing from word of mouth, Standon Calling now relishes performances from some of the most sought after artists, however the organisers have made it clear they will forever stick to their ethos in championing the new school, of which you will see many of at Standon Calling. The likes of Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Florence & The Machine, London Grammar and Clean Bandit all saw the Standon Calling stage long before they were in the places they are today.

Classic sets have also been seen from hip-hop legends De La Soul, soul brother Craig Charles, sing-along solo man Tony Christie and dance giants such as Shy FX, Julio Bashmore, Toddla T and Gilles Peterson. Throughout the day the focus is very much on live music, however after the sun sets things get seriously creative as the 5am licence extends to their night time dance venues, which include The Cowshed and Standon’s own homemade micro venues that are dotted over a number of fields.

With annual themes that have in the past included Running Away From The Circus, Lost In Latin America, God & Monsters and Murder on The Standon Express. Music is not the extent of Standon Callings artistic offerings, as painting, sculpting, interactive theatre, comedy and even cooking will be there to indulge all your senses. Also, let’s not forget that Standon Calling is the only UK festival to have a heated swimming pool.

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