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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.

 

Update: Camden Crawl 2012

 
By on Thursday, 22nd March 2012 at 9:00 am
 

This year’s Camden Crawl just keeps growing! Yet more bands and even some comedians have been added to the already stellar lineup for the May Bank Holiday weekend extravaganza that takes over the music capital of London.

Joining the likes of Death In Vegas, Rolo Tomassi and Alabama 3, are the Scottish indie-rock titans Glasvegas, dancey post-punkers the Futureheads, and former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes will be performing a solo show. Also announced for the jam-packed weekend of entertainment are comedians Rufus Hound, Henning When and Andrew Maxwell plus many more, who will take over the eight comedy stages throughout Camden.

But that’s not all to be excited about because the lovely people at Camden Crawl are releasing a very special and FREE mix tape to download. If you’re heading along to the weekend (and if you’re not, why not?!) then get in the mood with some top tracks from Antlered Man, Dutch Uncles, True Tiger and Kwes amongst others. Download it here; you can listen to the songs in the widget below.

Weekend tickets are priced at £67.50 + booking fees, although day tickets and VIP packages are available. For more information and to buy tickets visit official Web site. Make sure you’re in north London this May for what is gearing up to be one of the best festivals of the year.

 

Preview: Camden Crawl 2012

 
By on Wednesday, 29th February 2012 at 9:30 am
 

Celebrate the May Bank Holiday in style this year with the 2012 Camden Crawl. The legendary sound journey across London’s hot spot for new music will feature over 300 artists and events from 4-6 May. Just one ticket will give you access to some of the best venues in Camden Town which will be showcasing the brightest stars in music from the UK and across the world.

Already announced for the all day and all night party are headlining electro-rock mainstays Death In Vegas, post-hardcore favourites Rolo Tomassi, experimental extraordinaires Brontide, progressive up-and-comers Antlered Man (pictured above), electronic wizards D/R/U/G/S and London’s own indie kids Toy to name a few.

There will also be appearances and undoubtedly speaker-slaughtering sets from Hawk Eyes, Dutch Uncles, Cymbals, And So I Watch You From Afar, True Tiger, James Cleaver Quartet and Spector.

Weekend tickets are priced at £67.50 + booking fees, although day tickets and VIP packages are available. For more information and to buy tickets visit the official Web site. Stay tuned for more announcements of bands and venues over the coming months as north London readies itself for the start of the festival season.

 
 
 

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