Words and photos: Jacob Winter (@JacobWinter1912)
At the end of July, Imi and I made the five hour journey to Hertfordshire for the 11th anniversary of Standon Calling festival. Despite receiving a previous nomination for UK festival with the best toilets, it was the impressive line-up that drew us to it. Here’s our review of the festival, featuring photos from each of the acts’ performances.
The first band we caught were Waste, a Stevenage-based band who’ve received comparison to Arctic Monkeys. Five-piece groove band NGOD followed, offering an impressive set that landed them as one of our overall favourites from the weekend. The Amazons have been on the rise since releasing their debut single last year, and if their set at Standon Calling is anything to go by, they’re going to be big.
After returning to the Laundry Meadows Stage to catch Hannah Lou Clark and Tangerines, it was straight back to the Main Stage to see 17-year-old rising artist Declan McKenna, who notably won Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition last year. Swim Deep were next to greet the stage, ending their set with King City and saying “have a nice weekend and fuck Theresa May”.
Blood Red Shoes provided us with a short-but-sweet set, allowing just enough time to make it to the Main Stage for energetic Swedish rock band The Hives. Moshpits broke out and it became clear as to why they’ve been described as one of the greatest live rock bands in current music.
We then stopped back at the Laundry Meadows Stage to catch indie rock band Toy, before heading over to Octopia to catch London band Young Native. Suede then brought the Friday to a close by playing fan-favourites such as Animal Nitrate and The Beautiful Ones.
Hannah Lou Clark
Blood Red Shoes
Saturday started with a midday set from unsigned Hull-based band Fronteers. Faced with making the tough decision between seeing Clean Cut Kid on the Main Stage or Inheaven at Laundry Meadows, we ended up choosing the latter. Yak provided a top set, albeit a calmer one to their usual high-intensity gigs. The Hunna were followed by Blossoms, the Stockport band who have since released their self-titled debut album, which has peaked at number 1 in the UK Album Charts.
Discovering PINS was another highlight of the festival. Everything Everything entertained the crowd at the Main Stage, whilst Teleman put on a show at Laundry Meadows. Jess Glynne‘s headline slot was greeted by a packed audience consisting of mostly families and screaming 10-15 year old girls. Since this wasn’t really our scene, we went in search for other entertainment — and we weren’t disappointed with what we found: Adam Green dressed as Aladdin singing about drugs. The perfect way to end a Saturday night.
Sunday was a much quieter day in terms of music, so we used it to check out some other bands. First up were Peluche on the Laundry Meadows Stage, with The Hot 8 Brass Band following by bringing their jazz and funk to the Main Stage. We then decided to venture into the Big Top to see hip hop act Too Many T’s.
Tiggs Da Author supplied Standon Calling with perhaps the most fun and enjoyable performance of the weekend thanks to his superb interaction with the audience (urging people to get on each other’s shoulders etc.) After seeing Anna Calvi, it was back to Laundry Meadows to check out Thurston Moore’s (previously of Sonic Youth) band, The Thurston Moore Group. Kelis‘ set, which featured the hit Milkshake, brought Standon Calling 2016 to a close.
The Hot 8 Brass Band
Too Many T’s
Tiggs Da Author
The Thurston Moore Group