Creative Review New Music
Standon Calling 2012 demonstrates just why it’s one of the UK’s best-loved independent festivals, adding yet more to its exciting lineup, and firmly establishing itself as an unmissable event, bursting at the seams with music for your ears and eyes.
Dance-punk’s finest, California’s (Chk Chk Chk) return to the UK this August to play Standon Calling! Their live shows are about freedom of expression, no-nonsense unadulterated punk and pure escapism. Crazy P bring one of the UK’s best dance music shows to the stage, a showcase punctuated with brilliant pop, eclectic disco and soulful rhythm funk that’s sure to get Standon moving.
A legend in his own right, Greg Wilson is a true DJ’s DJ widely respected and renowned as one of the masters of the re-edit, and an exponent of disco and electro-funk sounds. Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy is an eclectic, experimental and renowned musical purist, DJ and producer, radio host and all-round purveyor of the psychedelic, the Balearic, and the cosmic.
Willy Mason’s performance at The Lordship stage promises to be extra special. Trojan Sound System are all about the reggae vibes, a collective of sound system legends like selector Earl Gateshead and Daddy Ad, and vocalists Superfour plus Chucky Banton who are considered some of the world’s best reggae party-makers.
The Nextmen feat. MC Wrec bring the jump-about party to Standon. Expect anything from dancehall, drum’n’bass and dubstep to reggae, roots, UK funky, indie and leftfield. And expect it to go off.
ALSO AT STANDON
Thought-provoking, charismatic and bursting with character, this year’s headliners are Death in Vegas, Beardyman and Fat Freddy’s Drop. Rock meets electronica as Death in Vegas heads up Saturday night. Richard Fearless’s minimal beats meet psychedelic flamboyance and progressive rock stamina meets throbbing basslines. Beatbox, MC, musician and all-round vocal genius, Beardyman joins Standon Calling 2012, promising a non-stop show! And sliding in on Sunday, bringing with them their own brand of party-ready dub-funk-reggae-soul are Fat Freddy’s Drop.
JOURNEY TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
Standon Calling’s theme is conveyed through the music, theatre, arts and fancy dress. And every year the costumes get more ornate. What will you come as? This year the theme is about adventure and the spirit of discovery: Journey to the Ends of the Earth.
Standon Calling favourite, Heritage Arts Company presents the greatest treasure hunt Standon has ever seen: AN UNEARTHLY CHILD. Collaborating with Rolemop, Meet Alice, Circus Space performers and others to be announced, HAC once again create an innovative and interactive game for adults and children with every part of the game an enjoyable performance for festival-goers. Nobody does interactive theatre like Standon!
There will be DJ outposts across the site to encourage late-night exploration. Dig It Soundsystem is a big, bad portable bike-pulled soundsystem that has become a favourite at Standon. The Groove Garden comes from the creators of Bloom Festival: a disco/chillout space centred around a customised garden shed, it creates a summer barbeque feel with a wide-open music policy, games, face-painting and lots more. The ever-popular Rockaoke returns to the Cowshed indulge your fantasies of being a rock star. And new this year, Beatbox Workshop comes from some of the UK’s most exciting emerging beatboxers an opportunity to learn the basics, and discover your potential.
Take to the Standon skies on your very own balloon adventure. Around the World in 80 seconds! Join Standon newcomers Salon present Fresh Perspectives of Science, Art & Philosophy The Most Fun You Can Have Without Sex. It’s an experience like no other, where expert presenters hand-picked from three disciplines: Psychology, Science and the Arts share their skills and spill their secrets. If you crave something different, with a friendly crowd and some of the UK’s most interesting speakers, this is for you
This year will be bigger, better and brighter. Come together!
August 3-5, Standon, Hertfordshire
(CHK CHK CHK) / CRAZY P / WILLY MASON / GREG WILSON / TROJAN SOUND SYSTEM / THE NEXTMEN feat. MC WREC / BIGKIDS / THE SKINTS / COSMO (COSMODELICA) / FIGURES (live) / REVERE / BEANS ON TOAST / GOLDEN FABLE / BELAKISS / THE FABULOUS PENETRATORS
DEATH IN VEGAS / BEARDYMAN / FAT FREDDY’S DROP / CASIOKIDS / FIELD MUSIC / GABBY YOUNG AND OTHER ANIMALS / KING CHARLES / STEALING SHEEP YEARNERS / DUB PISTOLS / VADOINMESSICO / JENNY O. / special guests THE TIME AND SPACE MACHINE / and many more still to be announced…