Standon Calling Festival confirms 2014 line-up headliners Frank Turner and Maximo Park
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Standon Calling 2014 organisers have announced the first bands playing the Hertfordshire music festival, including main stage headliners Maximo Park and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls.
Promoters of the three-day August spectacular this morning (Tuesday) confirmed Newcastle indie-rock outfit Maximo Park and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls as headliners of the 2014 festival.
Standon Calling’s Sunday night headliner will be announced in the coming weeks.
With a Lost in Latin America theme this year, the Standon line-up will also feature the likes of UK chart-toppers Clean Bandit, Peace, The Heavy, Ella Eyre, TOY, Leisure Society, Easy Star All Stars and The Cuban Brothers.
The Other Tribe, Beans On Toast, Saint Raymond, Imperial Leisure, Amber Run and Charli XCX, the Hertfordshire-born singer-songwriter who wrote Icona Pop’s global smash I Love It, have also been added to the poster.
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A self-styled, overgrown house party, with a hedonistic mix of indie, electronic and pop sounds pumping from the speakers, this summer’s Standon Calling festival will look to follow on from 2013’s sell-out success.
The festival will take place at Standon Lordship, near Ware, from Friday, August 1 to Sunday, August 3.
Having already been confirmed for Knebworth rock festival Sonisphere, folk-punk singer Frank Turner will headline the opening night of Standon with his band, The Sleeping Souls.
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This will be something of an intimate setting compared to Frank’s recent 20,000 capacity sell-out show at London’s massive O2 Arena.
Turner’s often politically charged songs are renowned for bringing together rousing crowds in mass sing-a-longs and are perfect for festivals.
Elsewhere on the line-up, Clean Bandit, riding high in the charts following their recent number one single Rather Be, will bring their electronic sounds to Standon.
SuperLove star and Hertfordshire girl Charli XCX is in for a home turf gig when she appears at the festival.
A feature on many ‘2014 ones to watch lists’, Ella Eyre makes for another feisty, femme-pop addition to Standon Calling’s musical offering.
The more indie-centric side of the festival features blues-tinged sounds from The Heavy, the British neo-soul group having made a splash on both sides of the Atlantic and call legendary independent label Ninja Tune home.
Also confirmed are Birmingham scene stars Peace, a return to the festival for TOY and a set from folk-tinged outfit Leisure Society.
Standon Calling’s theme for 2014 is Lost in Latin America. Revolutionaries, Aztec ruins, Amazonian rainforests and more will be woven into the look and feel of the festival, culminating in a Saturday carnival and, as ever, prizes being award to the best costumes.
So far the best on-theme act for 2014, The Cuban Brothers will be on hand, channelling the musical spirit of Havana.
Bristolian synth-pop five-piece The Other Tribe join the line-up complete with a Pete Tong seal of approval, and also taking to the stage will be indie singer-songwriter Saint Raymond.
Super-early bird tickets have already sold out, but tier one adult weekend passes are available now from www.standon-calling.com at £119 for a limited period.
Further announcements, including additions to the line-up, DJ programme, fringe entertainment, swimming pool area, dog show and more will be made over the coming months.
* For more festival news, visit the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ festival section.