Standon Calling 2012 festival opens for business
PUBLISHED: 15:30 03 August 2012 | UPDATED: 17:01 03 August 2012
NOW the 2012 Olympics have finally started, you can forget London Calling. It’s Standon Calling 2012 next up this weekend.
A music festival known for booking top-notch acts before they hit stella status, Standon takes place just a short drive from Welwyn Hatfield in beautiful Hertfordshire countryside from today (Friday) to Sunday.
Acts such as Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, The Noisettes, and St Albans indie dance trio Friendly Fires have all played at Standon Calling just months before gaining major chart success and going global.
The three-day event at Standon Lordship, near the village of Standon, has a Journey to the Ends of the Earth theme this year – which will run through art installations and theatre, as well as the crowd who take it to heart with outlandish costumes each year.
Dropping some sparkling new additions to the line-up, Standon Calling is packed full of talent for 2012.
White Heat curate The Cowshed on Saturday, bringing art collective-turned-art rockers Breton, and funk-punkers CITIZENS!, among others.
Psychedelic indie pop five-piece TOY join the throng, while electronic rock’n’rollers Bibelots bring some swagger to proceedings.
There’s also live conceptual disco duo Den Haan, country rock outfit The Barker Band, brilliant banjo music from This Is The Kit, emerging folk man Brendan Rogers and electric groove band The Thirst.
Festival headliners are all thought-provoking and charismatic – with stage presence in abundance.
Psych-prog rock hybrid Death In Vegas top the bill on Saturday night, after beatbox, MC, musician and all-round vocal genius Beardyman has headlined the opening evening tonight.
It’s the turn of dub-funkers Fat Freddy’s Drop to close the Main Stage on Sunday.
In The Cowshed, Richard Norris’s latest – and trippiest – exploration of the psychedelic side, The Time and Space Machine, makes a special live appearance.
Crazy P bring their fantastic live dance music show, catch Moshi Moshi’s twinkly synth-poppers CasioKids, see Sunderland’s engaging wonky electronic pop duo Field Music and sing along with Gabby Young and Other Animals.
King Charles thrills with glam folk pop, Stealing Sheep continue the psych-feel, Dub Pistols showcase their new album, Bristol rockers Turbowolf up the ante, freak-folkers Vadoinmessico do their thing, and dub-reggae-ska band The Skints skank it up.
Then there’s the new Meantime Discovery Stage for dance addicts and the Folk Stage with an acoustic slant.
In a new development and in response to festival-goers’ requests to really go to town with a party on the Friday night, 2012 will see Standon take it back to the old school by opening with a rave.
And it’s also the only festival in the country with its own swimming pool. So dive right in for an eventful weekend of fun and frolics.
Weekend tickets are £99, two-day tickets £78 and day tickets £25 on Friday and £39 Saturday or Sunday.
* For full ticket details, visit www.standon-calling.com/tickets
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