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Enjoy Standon Calling At Home with virtual music festival

Music fans can get their annual Standon Calling fix on Saturday (July 25) with an online programme of entertainment.

This weekend should have marked the 15th birthday celebrations of the boutique festival founded by Alex Trenchard.

After Covid-19 concerns forced cancellation of this year's event, Alex has been crowdfunding to ensure the three-day line-up at Standon Lordship can return in 2021 – and smashed the £50,000 target to raise £90,000.

Standon Calling
Standon Calling

He said: "We're really excited to welcome everyone who can join us this Saturday for Standon Calling at Home. A mini festival-in-a-day from your home!

"It feels great to be able to mark the weekend with an event like this and makes us all the more energised to put on the very best show we can for all of our amazing audience in 2021."

Before coronavirus silenced the stages, the line-up this weekend was set to include Primal Scream, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hot Chip, Maribou State, Craig David TS5, Sister Sledge, Ella Eyre, Everything Everything, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Grandmaster Flash.

Schedule (39019412)
Schedule (39019412)

Instead, the online entertainment, which kicks off at noon, will include live DJ performances, family entertainment, yoga, a burger cook-along, messages from iconic Standon Calling contributors and a link-up with charity partner, Hertford-based Mudlarks, which offers support for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Two long-standing traditions will continue: the dog show, with prizes from the festival's dogs partner and natural pet food brand, Barking Heads, and the annual costume parade.

Standon Calling at Home will be hosted across Standon Calling's social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and www.standon-calling.com from noon on Saturday, July 25. The event hashtag is #standoncallingathome to share pictures, videos and comments.

Standon Calling 2021 tickets are on sale now.

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