Standon Calling announce 2020 headliners Primal Scream and Hot Chip
Primal Scream and Hot Chip have been announced as two of the headliners as Standon Calling gets ready for a momentous 15th birthday celebration.
This year's family- and dog-friendly music festival will take place between July 23 and 26, with organisers promising great tunes as well as creativity, food, comedy, culture, wellbeing and more.
Alongside Primal Scream and Hot Chip – the Friday night headliner is to be revealed shortly – revellers can expect an array of crowd-pleasing bangers from Craig David TS5, a disco throw-down like no other from 70s icons Sister Sledge and, for the indie lovers, Everything Everything will be bringing their unique brand of hyperactive synth-pop to the party.
Also joining the mighty line-up in the stunning grounds of Standon Lordship are Fat White Family, Ella Eyre, Kojey Radical, pop royalty Sophie Ellis-Bextor with support from Sink the Pink, and DJ sets from the likes of Maribou State, Grandmaster Flash and Joey Negro.
Festival director and founder Alex Trenchard said: “Over the last 15 years we have brought the very best in emerging and established talent to Standon Calling. Our 15th birthday is no exception and I'm delighted that Hot Chip are joining join Primal Scream as our second headliner.
"A landmark reunion wouldn't be the same without some old friends flying in from all over the place and it's great to be welcoming back Ella Eyre and Everything Everything."
The party does not stop at the music – as well as a killer line-up, friends and families will be immersed in a weekend of great entertainment and creative activities for all ages. For the little ones, have a boogie with Dick & Dom’s DJ Battle and Fromage Juniors Disco, go back in time with Horrible Histories' The Worst of Barmy Britain or dive into a fantasy world at Drag Queen Story Hour. For the mini thrill-seekers, go back to your roots at the Woodland Tribe, with the new Adventure Playground and Tree Swings or get your adrenaline fix at the new Giant Zip Line.
"My kids can't wait for the return of Horrible Histories' The Worst of Barmy Britain. What is definitely Barmy is that even after all this we're still set to announce one of my favourite acts in early March," said Alex.
"Standon Calling 2020 is set to be the best year and very much the party of all time. See you then!”
The entertainment is not only for the kids – adults and parents can get their comedy laughs with jokers Ed Gamble, Zoe Lyons, Lloyd Langford and a host of the UK’s finest talent. Get competitive and test your music knowledge at the Sounds Familiar Music Quiz or broaden your horizons and find your new favourite artists welcomed by BBC Introducing Beds, Bucks and Herts.
And not forgetting your beloved pooches! Standon Calling takes pride in being the UK’s only dog-friendly weekend festival so make sure you catch the highly anticipated dog show, famously attended by Lewis Capaldi in 2019. Also do not miss out on the annual costume parade and embrace this year’s theme of The Party of All Time, with guests encouraged to get involved and dress up as party-people from throughout time.
You can take a break from the endless excitement and activities by indulging in mouthwatering food and drink as Standon Calling offers gastronomic delights for everyone to enjoy. Choose from an array of artisan food producers and tuck into delicious street food cooked up by culinary talents, perfectly washed down with craft beers, creative cocktails and more.
If you fancy a detox, head to Wild Wellbeing for some much-needed relaxation and rejuvenation. Go back to nature and escape the hustle and bustle, whether you opt for the Wild Spa with beautiful wood-burning hot tubs, unwind with a range of nature-inspired activities, relax with a Wild Retreat massage session or enjoy one of the free yoga or dance classes at the Wild Studio. If you fancy cooling off, take a dip in the swimming pool.
Tier 3 weekend tickets are now on sale, with prices starting at £159 plus booking fee. Head to www.standon-calling.com/tickets for more details.
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