Standon Calling 2016: Our Favourite Sets


Standon Calling hosted it’s 11th festival at the end of July, so we thought it’d be best to highlight who our favourite acts were across the 3 days.

The Hives

The Swedish five-piece have been labelled as ‘one of greatest live rock bands in current music’ – and their set at this year’s Standon Calling showed us exactly why.


The Hives unleashed a dozen hits, including Hate To Say I Told You So, Die Alright, Walk Idiot Walk, and ending with Tick Tick Boom.


Mosh pits broke out from the opening number and the high-energy band produced what was quite possibly the most explosive set of the weekend.

Swim Deep

After seeing Swim Deep support Wolf Alice in March I was very excited to discover that they were playing at Standon Calling.


Songs such as Honey and She Changes The Weather really got the crowd going, and drawing their main stage set to a close with King City as the sun began to set was truly magical.


The great thing about festivals is that they allow you to discover new bands that could potentially become your new favourite – and I think that’s certainly the case with NGOD.

They are a five-piece groove-based band from Bradford who have recently completed 2 UK tours, and are set for another one this October.


They’re also playing a bunch of other festival over the next few months, so make sure you catch them if you can!


PINS first appeared in 2011 when lead singer Faith Holgate decided to form an all-female band after becoming tired of being the token-girl in a mostly male one.


Since then, they have released two studio albums, Girls Like Us and Wild Nights.

Similarly to NGOD, it was thanks to Standon Calling that I discovered PINS.

PINS played the new-to-2016 Laundry Meadows Stage, which also hosted a range of other exceptional performances, including Blood Red Shoes, Yak, Inheaven, Toy, and Teleman.


The Manchester pop-rock quintet took Standon Calling by storm with a truly impressive set.


If you’re not familiar with PINS already, I strongly suggest you give them a listen.


Blossoms are a band that have come a long way since releasing their first single in 2014.

They’ve just released their highly anticipated self-titled album, which they marked by playing a huge hometown gig in Stockport.


Blossoms have received a lot of praise recently, and you can definitely expect that the best is yet to come.

The Amazons


It was around this time last year that The Amazons released their first single, Junk Food Forever.

They’ve since released their debut EP, Don’t You Wanna, and supported bands such as The Kooks.


Having an early Friday set in the rain meant that crowd wasn’t particularly large, but the Reading-based band didn’t let it dampen their exciting performance.


You can catch The Amazons on their headline tour this October.


We’ll also be posting a full overview of Standon Calling 2016 within the next few days, so make sure to keep an eye out for that.
Words and photos: Jacob Winter (@JacobWinter1912)



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