Standon Calling returns with Bastille, Primal Scream and Hot Chip
Standon Calling has confirmed a packed bill – headlined by Bastille, Primal Scream and Hot Chip – as the festival returns this summer.
The event in the grounds of country house Standon Lordship, just seven miles from Bishop's Stortford, will celebrate its 15th birthday in style from July 22 to 25 with its signature brand of music, family entertainment, costume parade and dog show.
Festival founder and director Alex Trenchard said: "It brings me incredible joy and happiness to announce the return of Standon Calling.
"It's no secret that the past year has been an incredibly tough one, not just for the festival world but for all of us longing to return to some degree of normality and longing to celebrate and dance together once again.
"This year's festival is more important than ever, with all of us at Standon Calling determined to bring a summer festival experience full of entertainment and memories to the fields once again.
"This year's line-up is my favourite to date, from huge headliners to some of the most exciting new sounds/artists going and the return of some huge family highlights from over the years – I can't wait to welcome all this summer."
Alex has asked one of the biggest UK bands of the past decade, Bastille, to return to top the bill with an array of chart hits and a formidable live show.
British music icons Primal Scream, with legendary frontman Bobby Gillespie, will be showcasing 30 years of hits from Movin' On Up, Come Together and Loaded to Country Girl, Rocks and Jailbird.
The Glasgow band said: "We can't wait to play our music in front of a living, breathing audience once again..."
They will be joined by fellow headliners and one of the most critically admired British bands of the 21st century, synthpop heroes Hot Chip.
There will also be party-starting energy from the legendary Craig David presents TS5, Sophie Ellis Bextor featuring Sink The Pink, De La Soul and Sister Sledge.
Everything Everything, Mystery Jets, Akala, Working Men's Club, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Picture This and Mercury Prize nominees Porridge Radio all promise must-see performances.
The best in new music will come from Squid, Holly Humberstone, Baby Queen, Biig Piig, Charlotte Adigéry, Greentea Peng, Lauran Hibberd, Lynks, Bob Vylan and Eurovision superstar Dadi Freyr.
Late-night entertainment will be courtesy of Maribou State (DJ), HAAi, Sherelle, Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy, Jamz Supernova, Darius Syrossian and London Elektricity.
For families, festival favourites Horrible Histories return for a laugh-out-loud live stage show looking at history's most telling moments as the cast takes to the main stage, while the incomparable Dick & Dom bring their DJ Battle back to Standon Calling.
The family theme continues with a dedicated kids area filled with activities each festival day and babysitting services.
The young and young at heart can enjoy prehistoric chat with How To Train Your Dinosaur, take a dip in the swimming pool, scale the climbing wall and get stuck into the Woodland Tribe activities.
Standon Calling's comedy line-up combines established favourites from TV, screen and scene such as Ed Gamble and Zoe Lyons and breakthrough rising talent like Hannah Fairweather and Owen Roberts.
As well as festival traditions like the dog show and costume parade, the event will once again offer a range of street food and wellbeing hot tubs.
A limited batch of 2021 festival tickets is on sale after a number of fans carried over their tickets from 2020's postponed event. See https://standon-calling.com/ for more details and to book.