Rap stars Shygirl and Sainté head for Standon Calling this summer
Standon Calling has added Shygirl to its all-female line-up on the Laundry Meadows stage.
The diverse and inclusive East Herts festival is on course to surpass last year's Keychange achievement with 55% of the performers identifying as women or non-binary.
Shygirl, the London-based lyricist, rapper and DJ currently taking the alternative pop world by storm has been dubbed "one of the UK's most exciting artists" by the Guardian for her subversive, deconstructed club sounds.
NME agreed, confirming her as "one of pop's brightest and most innovative new stars" after witnessing her headline show at the start of this year.
She has collaborated with the likes of Björk, Sophie, FKA Twigs and Slowthai and featured on Mura Masa's updated 00s UK garage classic bbycakes with Lil Uzi Vert and PinkPantheress.
She joins a bill for this summer's four-day festival that already includes main stage headliners Years & Years, Self Esteem, Bloc Party and The Human League and late-night stars Katy B, Faithless DJ, Groove Armada DJ and LF System.
The other new performers heading for East Herts between July 20 and 23 include Sainté and D Double E who will be heading up a new rap and hip-hop night called FutureFlow on The Cowshed stage.
The all-new party Sunday night finale at the Cowshed follows Hospitality's drum and bass takeover with High Contrast on Friday night and the 24hr Garage Girls on Saturday.
Sainté is described by i-D as "one of the UK's brightest young rappers. The Leicester-bred lyricist fuses vintage R&B sounds with UK rap on hits like Champagne Shots and Stylin' and recently toured with Denzel Curry.
MOBO award-winning veteran D Double E is a major player in the UK grime scene, responsible for inspiring Dizzee Rascal to pick up a mic, and once described by Skepta as "the greatest grime MC of all time".
Joining Sainté and D Double E for the party are the voice of Wales Women's 2023 World Cup soundtrack Juice Menace, south west London rapper Kam-BU, and the Midlands' rising star Queen Millz.
As the line-up for this year's festival nears completion, Standon Calling has also announced sets from the danceable Manchester group Porij, the eclectic and soulful West London vocalist George Riley, the avant-punk queen Nuha Ruby Ra and Bishop's Stortford's very own DJ Digital Pocahontas.
The Thorley Park mum – real name Kelly Rose – will be back at the music festival's Beefy Melons retro dance tent.
The new names join acts which span genres and generations including Rick Astley, Anastacia, Dylan, KT Tunstall, Melanie C, Squid, Confidence Man, The Big Moon, We Are Scientists, Bob Vylan, Warmduscher, Scouting For Girls, Bear's Den, LF System, The Cuban Brothers, Club De Fromage, Queer House Party, Hip Hop Karaoke and Rokaoke.
With more speakers, comedians and musicians still to be announced, see http://www.standon-calling.com/tickets for more details.
Once again, the event also includes swimming sessions, a costume parade and the legendary dog show.