Grace Jones to headline Standon Calling 2017 music festival in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 13 March 2017
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Jamaican singer, songwriter, model and actress Grace Jones has been confirmed as this year's third Standon Calling headliner.
The incomparable Pull Up to The Bumper and Slave to the Rhythm star has been announced as Standon Calling 2017’s very special Sunday night headliner.
She joins the previously announced Orbital and Clean Bandit on the Hertfordshire music festival’s summer line-up.
Editors, Slaves, Laura Mvula, KT Tunstall, Gary Numan, Nothing But Thieves, Kate Tempest and Idris Elba will also appear at Standon Lordship over the festival weekend from Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30.
Weekend tickets are available now from £137 from http://standon-calling.com
Standon Calling founder and festival director Alex Trenchard has already called the line-up the “strongest” in the event’s history.
And Grace Jones’ closing Sunday night set is sure to be an eye-popping live spectacle. Expect ornate headdresses and masks, corsets, body paint and, possibly, topless Hula-hooping!
One of the true enigmas of modern music, Grace Jones has helped shape culture, art, music and beliefs over the past four decades.
With her distinctive androgynous look, Grace Jones first found fame in the 1970s as a model.
She later moved into music, signing to Island Records and enjoying success with disco and club hits in the late 70s and early 80s.
Her reinterpretation of Édith Piaf’s La Vie en rose appeared on her debut studio album 40 years ago, and she later enjoyed UK hits with singles Pull Up to The Bumper, Private Life, a cover of the Chrissie Hynde-penned The Pretenders track, and Slave to the Rhythm, which was produced by Trevor Horn.
One of the first artists to morph and bend genres to her will, she’s also embraced post-punk new wave, pop and reggae music in her career.
Other well known Grace Jones songs include My Jamaican Guy, Love Is the Drug, a cover of the Roxy Music single, and a version of David Bowie/Iggy Pop track Nightclubbing.
As an actress, the ‘scary’ looking Grace Jones appeared in fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was a Bond girl in 1985 Roger Moore 007 movie A View to a Kill.
With 2017 marking 40 years since the release of her debut studio album Portfolio, Grace Jones’ headline set at Standon Calling this summer is set to be one that will be talked about for years to come.
Grace Jones joins a musical bill already bursting at the seams with diverse and eclectic favourites.
Standon will see the return of electronic dance duo Orbital and pop supremos Clean Bandit stepping up to headline across the weekend.
There will also be performances from the likes of Slaves, Editors, Laura Mvula, Kate Tempest, Gary Numan, Nothing But Thieves, KT Tunstall, Steve Mason, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), British Sea Power, Slow Club and Fickle Friends amongst others, along with DJ sets from Faithless, Luther actor Idris Elba, Lindstrøm, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and more.
Festival-goers can also dance into the night with an incredible array of stage takeovers from Sink The Pink, Club De Fromage and Hospitality.
Over at The Lawn, there’s entertainment at every turn, led by a new comedy programme.
Headlined by one of the nation’s leading new comedians James Acaster, Standon Calling brings a highly-anticipated hour-long Edinburgh preview to the festival.
With emerging star John Robins also confirmed for a set, expect to hear the belly laughs ringing from the comedy programme of stand-up and sketch performers across the weekend.
Kids aged from toddlers to teens can enjoy a daytime array of unique activities and celebrated entertainment and even dogs can participe in the renowned Standon Calling Dog Show.
The family programme across the weekend will be spearheaded by the renowned live spectacle of Horrible Histories The Best Of Barmy Britain coming to the main stage on Saturday for an unmissable guide through history.
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Re:Borne will also bring a range of incredible dance workshops and performances to the fields.
Super early bird and early bird tickets for Standon Calling 2017 sold out in record time, with tickets now standing at £137 for an adult weekend ticket.
Teen weekend tickets costs from £97, while child weekend tickets are from £35. Infant weekend tickets are from £5.
• Tickets for Standon Calling are available from the festival’s website at http://standon-calling.com
STANDON CALLING 2017 LINE-UP
ORBITAL / CLEAN BANDIT / GRACE JONES.
ALSO APPEARING ACROSS THE WEEKEND
SLAVES / EDITORS / LAURA MVULA / KATE TEMPEST / NOTHING BUT THIEVES / GARY NUMAN / KT TUNSTALL / STEVE MASON / BRITISH SEA POWER / !!! (CHK CHK CHK).
SLOW CLUB / NADIA ROSE / FICKLE FRIENDS / CABBAGE / DUTCH UNCLES / AKALA / KERO KERO BONITO / IDLES / DOC BROWN / HORSE MEAT DISCO / PLASTIC MERMAIDS / LUCY SPRAGGAN / CHARLIE CUNNINGHAM / STRONG ASIAN MOTHERS / JOHN HASSALL AND THE APRIL RAINERS / YONAKA / SKINNY LIVING / PELUCHE / THE CUBAN BROTHERS / PREP / LONGY / TANGERINES / VENN / THE EARLY YEARS / CLUB DRIVE / JAE TYLER / ALEX FRANCIS / BARON GOODLOVE & THE DREADFUL NOISE / VOLKOVA SISTERS / MADDOX / WASTE / BRING YOUR OWN BRASS / CATHERINE MCGRATH / THE WANDERING HEARTS / CRONICLE / OUTLYA / TIN PIGEONS / JOSEPHINE AND THE ARTIZANS / HATTIE WHITEHEAD / ANDY GRANT TRIO.
• DJ SETS FROM:
JOE GODDARD (HOT CHIP) / FAITHLESS / JAX JONES / LINDSTRØM / IDRIS ELBA / DJ YODA: STRANGER THINGS SET / MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM / EDWARD ADOO / THE MENENDEZ BROTHERS / JIVE TALK / KALYDE / ZIG-A ZIG-AH / BEAR GROOVES / KID FIESTA
• COWSHED TAKEOVERS FROM:
SINK THE PINK / HOSPITALITY / MIKE SKINNER & MURKAGE PRESENTS TONGA /
FEELING GLOOMY PRESENTS BOWIE DISCO
• BRAND NEW COMEDY STAGE
JAMES ACASTER / JOHN ROBINS / CASUAL VIOLENCE
WITH MANY • FAMILY PROGRAMME
MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
HORRIBLE HISTORIES THE BEST OF BARMY BRITAIN LIVE ON THE MAIN STAGE
MATTHEW BOURNE’S NEW ADVENTURES REBORNE.