RADSOUND // FESTIVAL GUIDE: STANDON CALLING 2016

Originally published on Radsound.

An ever-growing festival, settled safely in the nick between Cambridgeshire and London, Standon Calling is swiftly becoming a smart choice in the cosier end of the UK festival spectrum. It boasts an atmosphere without a GCSE results party in sight, boutique themes and previous line-ups including the likes of Florence + The Machine, The Maccabees, De La Soul and The Dandy Warhols, and, as it hits its 15th year, the festival looks set to be better than ever. Here’s our guide to having the best weekend you can with the line up so far….

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In terms of headliners, 2016 has hit with the heavyweights, with Kelis providing soul-fuelled pop to get the party atmosphere in full swing (can anyone possibly refuse an opportunity to see ‘Milkshake’ live if nothing else?), Jess Glynne adding the dance and sandwiched somewhat awkwardly yet brilliantly in-between, indie legends Suede are set to provide a hint of unmissable drama off the back of this year’s 7th brazen and incredible LP Night Thoughts.

Elsewhere, adding a dash of experimentalism to the top of the line up, The Thurston Moore Band are billed to provide a show of unique offerings from debut album The Best Day and newer unreleased cuts, whilst on the other end of the spectrum, newcomers Tangerines are set to provide their own take on psychedelic innovation to soundtrack a hopeful weekend of sun. In the more frenetic indie corner, Everything Everything sub-headline with their uniquely jumpy electronic sounds whilst early 00’s Swedish heroes The Hives are set to deliver a storming crash through their back-catalogue much to every 20-something’s delight.

In terms of dance, the festival hosts an extensive and fine line-up of purveyors, with headline sets from House champion Joey Negro, Jungle legend Goldie, experimental EDM stylings from Luke Abbott and Cowshed takeovers from D&B geniuses Hospitality DJs, along with the alternative funk of Savage Disco all set to keep feet firmly off the ground for three days straight if that’s your style.

Meanwhile, the weekend also sees a welcome dose of new age post-punk with Manchester’s ever-brilliant PINS and darkened angular sounds from Anna Calvi whilst the contrasting carefree edge of summer is accounted for in the charmingly uplifting antics of The Cuban Brothers‘ live show and the soulful synth-fuelled sounds of newcomer duo HONNE. If looking for respite to tone your weekend down, have no fear because Standon can provide this too, as the songwriting talents come thick and fast on the line up, with the soothing synths of Declan McKenna, the dainty punk-edged pop of Hannah Lou Clark and the charmingly acoustic stylings of rising Welshman Meilyr Jones all set to ease sore heads of a dishevelled nights sleep in a tent.

With all this and many more announcements to come alongside a beautiful atmosphere, fancy food and maybe even a dose of Britain’s rarely seen sun, Standon Calling is one of our surefire picks for summer, and should be one of yours too.

Check out the line-up so far below:

Standon Calling 2016 will be held from 29th-31st July in Standon, Hertfordshire.

For ticket info and more, check out their website here – http://standon-calling.com/

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