Standon Calling director confirms festival will go ahead as Arlo Parks joins Bastille, Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Craig David, Mahalia, De La Soul, Sister Sledge and Jake Bugg on the bill
East Herts' boutique music festival, Standon Calling, has confirmed it is going ahead in July – with more top names added to the bill.
Arlo Parks has joined the line-up for the three-day extravaganza of music and comedy. After scooping a BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Artist in May, fans can expect cuts from the 20-year-old singer-songwriter and poet's debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams to feature in her set.
Festival founder and director Alex Trenchard said: "To be able to confirm that Standon Calling 2021 will be taking place this year is something that brings me incredible joy. We're incredibly grateful to our staff, artists and suppliers who have worked tirelessly with us to get to this point.
"The Government's impressive vaccination record, the Event Research Programme Data published at the end of last week, which showed there were no substantial outbreaks at phase one of the test events, and yesterday's comments made by the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [Sajid Javid] that July 19 will be the 'end of the line' for Covid restrictions have encouraged us to go for it.
"For the past four months we've been working with colleagues at Certific, a leading Covid testing verification app, and Imperial College London in the development of a Covid transmission risk assessment system that has been positively received by our local public health authority. We're looking forward to sharing full details with ticket holders over the coming weeks and are confident that it will help keep everyone safe.
"Most of all we want to thank our Standon Calling family who have stuck with us and supported the festival through this time. This year's festival is in honour of you – and we think we may have just pulled together the best Standon Calling line-up of all time. I can't wait to be back in front of that main stage and I look forward to dancing together with you all once again. Bring it on!"
The latest additions also include Dry Cleaning's post-punk stylings and a set from one of the most talked-about new bands, Yard Act.
The London Afrobeat Orchestra, Japanese drum and bass artist Makoto and comedy headliner Robin Ince were also added to the bill on Tuesday (June 29).
They join Bastille – who are bringing a special Bastille Reorchestrated show to Standon Calling – Primal Scream, Hot Chip, Craig David Presents TS5, Mahalia, De La Soul, Sister Sledge, Jake Bugg, Everything Everything, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Elder Island, Mystery Jets, Akala, Ðadi Freyr, Georgia, Griff, Holly Humberstone, Porridge Radio, Squid, Maribou State (DJ) and many more.
Ed Gamble and Zoe Lyons are the other comedy headliners and there will be a chance to catch Horrible Histories (Live), the Dick & Dom DJ Battle and Circus Shows from The Flying Seagull Project.
There are just a few hundred weekend and Sunday tickets left for Standon Calling 2021 from July 22 to 25. See standon-calling.com.