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Standon Calling adds Nile Rodgers and Wolf Alice to complete 2019's headliners

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Musical icon Nile Rodgers has been unveiled as a headliner at this summer’s Standon Calling, completing a trio of top names with 2018 Mercury Prize winners Wolf Alice and previously announced Rag’n’Bone Man.

One of the most influential artists of all time, 66-year-old New York-born Rodgers helped usher in the worldwide disco phenomenon.

Over the past five decades, he has continued to help shape and produce classics from Le Freak, Good Times and Everybody Dance with CHIC to his star-studded work with the likes of David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, Daft Punk and more.

Nile Rodgers and CHIC promise to bring glitterball glamour to Sunday’s closing concert.

On Saturday, Wolf Alice will claim top billing. Rising out of Camden, north London, with their bold and potent indie sound, after the success of debut album My Love Is Cool, the follow-up Visions of a Life confirmed their place as a special band, playing the biggest shows of their career and scooping the coveted 2018 Mercury Prize.

Wolf Alice said: "We are honoured to be headlining a festival. We won’t be doing many shows this year so Standon Calling is gonna be extremely exciting.

"Even if you don’t like Wolf Alice, you should buy tickets anyway cos Dick and Dom are DJing and, depending on how hard you stare at the poster, Fleetwood Mac [Fleetmac Wood] are supporting us."

Other top names added to the bill for the July 25-28 festival include one of alternative music’s most celebrated bands, Echo & The Bunnymen.

Arguably the band of 2018, Idles return to Standon Calling this year after first making their mark on the Laundry Meadows stage in 2017.

Scooping numerous 2019 tip list nods, top Scot Lewis Capaldi is primed for an appearance while The Go! Team will bring their kaleidoscopic world of indie hits to this year’s extravaganza.

Also revealed today (Wednesday), GLOW star and indie favourite Kate Nash will be heading to the Hertfordshire fields, bringing a catalogue of hits with her.

Alternative trio The Joy Formidable will bring their all-encompassing live show while Mercury Prize-nominated The Big Moon will be hitting Standon and Band of Skulls return.

BBC Sound of 2019 nominees Sea Girls said: “We've always wanted to play Standon Calling and this year's line-up is super-special. Can't wait!”

Family kingpins Dick & Dom are leaving the Bungalow to set up home at Standon Calling this summer, bringing their own DJ battle to the fields.

The iconic Mr Bloom & His Band – of CBeebies fame – will be gathering friends from the allotment for a sing-along party, while the Jurassic will come to life with the How To Train Your Dinosaur Live Show roaring into view.

Reflecting on the latest wave of new acts announced for Standon Calling 2019, founder and festival director Alex Trenchard said: “Every year at Standon Calling we want to bring an experience and show that people will never forget.

"This year, I feel we’ve done that and more, with one of my favourite bands of the past decade, Wolf Alice, and one of my favourite bands of all time, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, topping the bill in 2019.

"From top to bottom there’s something for everyone, and we’re excited to welcome everyone for an incredible weekend this July.”

Tier 3 tickets are now on sale, with previous tiers selling out in record time. For further details, see www.standon-calling.com/tickets

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