Thousands descended on the country manor grounds for three days of live music, Wild West antics, family activities and more last weekend. A record breaking 8,500 revellers celebrated 10 years of Standon Calling last weekend on the stunning grounds of Lordship Manor in Hertfordshire resulting in sell-out success.
The festival pulled out all the stops to host incredible live performances from musical heavyweights and upcoming talents, while stepping up the family entertainment, food and production to further secure its place as one of the UK’s best loved boutique festivals. To continue the 10th year celebrations and thank the fans, the festival is offered super early bird tickets for 2016 from just £87 which sold out in one day and limited early bird tickets for £107 now available via the Standon Calling website.
Never afraid to punch above its weight when it comes to music, Standon Calling once again welcomed some of the best musical talent from around the world. Incredible performances across pop, indie, electronic music and more were hosted across several stages offering something for all tastes. Festival-goers surrounded the main stage to witness standout sets from Slaves, Seinabo Sey and Ella Eyre, while headliners Little Dragon, The Dandy Warhols and Basement Jaxx provided a fitting close to each night.
Other highlights on main stage included the hilarious The Cuban Brothers, house lovers Hercules And Love Affair and the stunning sounds of Charlotte OC, whilst crowds in the Big Top enjoyed memorable sets from Roots Manuva, DJ Yoda and shoegazers The Horrors. Standon Calling invited some of its favourite musical curators to takeover The Last Dance Saloon each day with showcases from Bella Union, BBC Introducing and Loose Music, while at night party-lovers flocked to the Cowshed to dance under the stars with Gilles Peterson, Bondax & Friends and Sink The Pink presents Savage and more.
There was plenty to do see and do outside of the music at Standon Calling this year. The festival built its own town looking like something straight out of a spaghetti western to match its ‘Town Of Two Faces’ theme and host an enthralling programme of entertainment and activities including Rockaoke, the annual dog show, a petting zoo complete with snakes, scorpions and lizards as well as award-winning hair dressers Blue Tit and the town’s very own jail for hedonistic renegades could party well into the night.
Elsewhere festival-goers took respite from the amazing weather by Standon Calling’s famous swimming pool, high flyers learned to trapeze by the main stage and the best-dressed took part in the fancy dress parade.
Standon Calling founder Alex Trenchard says:
“I’d like to say an enormous thank you to all the people who came along and made Standon Calling’s tenth birthday party so special. We’ve come a long way from the handful of bands playing on a rickety stage on my parents’ lawn 10 years ago.
There are countless highlights and for me Basement Jaxx’s headline set on Sunday followed by Gilles Peterson in the Cowshed was the perfect way to end a festival. I can’t wait to see you all again next year!”
Standon Calling will return in 2016 on 29 – 31 July. Those wanting to join the festival can get their hands on early bird tickets now at www.standon-calling.com.
For a very limited time tickets will be available for £107 for an adult/youth weekend pass (12+ years) and £77 for a child weekend pass (4-12 years), infants (0-3 years) will remain free when accompanied by an adult weekend ticket holder.
* Thanks to Full Fat PR for inviting me along to Standon Calling 2015