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Standon Calling

by Ammina

Standon Calling

Standon Calling



Very Special Guests in The Cowshed – THE TIME AND SPACE MACHINE
and many more still to be announced...

Standon Calling 2012
August 3-5 August 2012
Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire

Starting the ball rolling with the announcement of the three headliners for this August’s event, Standon Calling 2012 demonstrates just why it’s one of the UK’s best-loved independent festivals.

Thought-provoking, charismatic and bursting with character, this year’s headliners Death in Vegas, Beardyman and Fat Freddy’s Drop are sure to bring the Main Stage to a standstill - but that’s not all, as Standon Calling announces a raft of supporting acts, as well as very special guests in The Cowshed The Time and Space Machine.

Rock meets electronica as Death in Vegas heads up Saturday night. Richard Fearless’s minimal beats meet psychedelic flamboyance and progressive rock stamina meets throbbing basslines. Death in Vegas is the hybrid of psych-rock navel-gazing noise, emotive lyrics, and pumping techno. Since the project emerged with a 1997 debut, Death in Vegas has continued to grow, expand and experiment – and 2011‘s critically acclaimed ‘Trans-Love Energies’ album is testament to that. Expect an audio-visual treat, as Fearless’s imagination runs wild – this will be stunning!

Beatbox, MC, musician and all-round vocal genius, Beardyman joins Standon Calling 2012, promising a non-stop show that’ll be impossible to label. Just what IS Beardyman? Unpredictable, thoroughly entertaining and magic – that’s what! And sliding in on Sunday, bringing with them their own brand of dub-funk-reggae-soul are Fat Freddy’s Drop – the seven-piece outfit who’ve won fans around the world with their dubbed out vibes.

Also announced to play Standon Calling 2012 is The Time and Space Machine, Richard Norris’s latest – and trippiest – exploration of the psychedelic side of music. There’s Moshi Moshi’s Norwegian synth-poppers CasioKids. Sunderland’s engaging wonky electronic pop brothers Field Music, whose latest album is receiving widespread acclaim and inspiring a new psychedelia. Long-time friend of Standon Calling, Gabby Young and Other Animals – whose new album is due this summer – returns, wilder, bolder and more irresistible than ever. Expect a brassy, bouncy, slinky and theatrical musical mystery tour punctuated with elements of burlesque and figments from Gabby Young’s rollercoaster imagination.

Recently voted MTV’s ‘Brand New for 2012’ one to watch, King Charles will thrill with his curious glam folk pop breezy sound. Stealing Sheep continue the psych-feel, with lo-fi harmonic pop. Innovative three-piece folk band Yearners join the party. London’s dub-punk-big-beat-reggae duo Dub Pistols are back, with a new album to show off. Join delicious ‘freak’-folkers Vadoinmessico or get lost in singer-songwriter Jenny O.’s infectious melodies. Standon Calling 2012 is all about exploration – and with these acts you can really lose yourself in the music!

This year Standon Calling will bring you three stages – and a few more ‘roaming arenas’ of forward-thinking, carefully programmed music. Catch your favourites on the Main Stage; lose yourself at The Lordship, where folk finds its own at Standon Calling; or go wild at The Cowshed until the small hours.

Two For Joy Music, The Green Note and Owlsworld present The Lordship – the folk stage – at Standon Calling 2012. Camden's The Green Note has gained a reputation as one of London's premier intimate live music venues, and has become renowned for hosting the cream of the crop of folk, blues, roots, Americana and world music. Two For Joy Music, hatched in The Magpie's Nest and Cut A Shine Hoedown Collective, provides the tools for the musical extended family to connect, expand and grow. Owlsworld work closely with a host of national and international touring folk and roots bands, from bluegrass to blues.

Standon Calling is a three-day party featuring musical icons, breakthrough acts, a swimming pool, themed fancy dress, an on-site nightclub, bars that never close, sprawling arts installations, roaming interactive theatre, the weird and the wonderful – and so much more besides. For a snapshot of what to expect this year from one of the UK’s most interactive – and creative – festivals take a look at this video from Standon Calling 2011: http://vimeo.com/31516076.

Every year Standon Calling adopts a theme that is conveyed through the music, theatre and arts programming – and there’s also the fancy dress element. This year Standon Calling is all about adventure and the spirit of discovery. As Dr Livingstone famously said: “I’m prepared to go anywhere as long as it be forward.”

Well, so is Standon Calling. Embark on a psychedelic fantasy safari across land, sea and air. Cross frontiers and discover new worlds, long lost underwater cities, strange new species and the odd surviving dinosaur and much, much more.

Over one unpredictable weekend the fields of Standon will transform into every unexplored corner of the world and your imagination. Watch acrobats swing from the Amazonian branches of the tree bar, discover creatures of the deep in the swimming pool and dance late into the night with fantastical creatures in the Cowshed Club. Then in the early hours roam along the frontier’s series of dance outposts. The next morning take to the skies in a hot air balloon before crash landing at the feet of the giants of Gulliver’s Travels.

This year will be bigger, better and brighter… Come together!


Early Bird for Standon Calling 2012 tickets sold out more quickly than ever before – and that was before any lineup announcements! THANK YOU! Expect Standon Calling 2012 to be a sellout long before August – get your tickets now and secure your place at one of the summer’s most exciting festivals.

Adult Weekend: £99
Adult Two-Day: £78 / Adult Friday: £25 / Adult Saturday: £39 / Adult Sunday: £39

There's also boutique camping available – or you can take along your camper van. Families, groups and anyone else catered for. Full information on all tickets is here: www.standon-calling.com/tickets


For further information about Standon Calling 2012 – or about any of the acts or collaborators involved – please contact
Loriann Luckings / BIGBOX Media: loriann@bigboxmedia.co.uk or 020 3487 0929.

All acts are available for interviews. Behind-the-scenes access is available pre-event. Photographs are available on request.

PRESS ACCREDITATION APPLICATION opens on April 2nd. Please state your specific requirements for accreditation, and describe the Standon Calling 2012 coverage you will be offering. The same applies to PHOTOGRAPHERS applying for press passes.

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