Preview: Standon Calling 2012

By on Wednesday, 4th April 2012 at 9:30 am
 

Inaugurated as a live event in 2004, Standon Calling festival (3-5 August 2012) sites itself in the very heart of London dormitory country. Residents of such well-known local commuter-belt yet perfectly Albion towns such as Stansted Mountfitchet, Theydon Bois, and Bishop’s Stortford combine to provide the perfect location for moneyed, cultured, and totally up-for-it party animals to indulge in an exclusive festival that is making a name for itself on the number of Brit and Mercury awards its prior headliners have won. On the strength of that legacy, expect these guys to make a name for themselves in 2013…

Actually, Death in Vegas have been making a name for themselves since 1994, and hit the big time with Iggy Pop collaboration Aisha in 1999. Still going strong, having released ‘Trans-Love Energies’ last year, the band have a full diary for 2012, and could see them re-establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the dance/rock genre.

Beardyman (pictured at top) brings his superhuman beatboxing and surreal humour to the Friday headline slot. On the verge of genuine household name status, the bearded one is sure to have some special treats up his sleeve (his aim is to “destroy people’s minds”) before the whole festival goes nuts for the Friday night rave.

It’s difficult to imagine a more appropriate headliner to close the festival than New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop. Their laid-back dub-inspired antipodean funk is a rare sight on these shores, and with a full 90-minute set, heads are sure to be gently soothed back into shape from the weekend’s madness. Look out for the trombonist’s snake-hipped dance moves…

Other TGTF favourites gracing Standon this year include Field Music, Stealing Sheep, Willy Mason, !!!, King Charles, previous Bands to Watch Golden Fable and many more. With the promise of a treasure trove of delights including an actual swimming pool, a nightclub in a cow shed, art installations, and a reputation for one of the best fancy dress days going (this year’s theme is “Journey to the Ends of the Earth”… just where did I put my Indiana Jones fedora and whip?), Standon Calling 2012 looks set to be one of the star turns of this year’s festival circuit.

Super early bird and regular early bird weekend tickets are sold out; however, weekend tickets at £99, 2-day tickets at £78, a Friday day ticket at £25, and Saturday or Sunday day tickets at £39 each are still available. Get all the details from the official Standon Calling Web site.

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