Standon Calling 2018
Standon Calling is the summer festival that keeps on growing and growing ever year. Formerly branded as the ‘UK’s best boutique festival’, with a record-breaking crowd of over 15,000 this year’s Standon Calling, hosted at the end of July, went down as the biggest edition to date. This meant more amazing bands, performers, food stalls, comedy artists and animations.
One of the best summer events, the epitome of THE British festival, Standon Calling continues to feature the most amazing live music, comedy, dog shows, parties, workshops and incredible acts by some of biggest musical names on the planet.
In an enlarged futuristic sci-fi themed-site, this year didn’t disappoint with top opening acts on the Friday by the likes of Django Django, Pale Waves, Hak Baker and the legendary British Pop star Paloma Faith. Thousands of festival goers could be seen partying until the late hours of the night with George FitzGerald’s incredible live performance. In a rare festival appearance, Jarvis Cocker performed a very special DJ set. As one of the most influential and groundbreaking songwriters of his time, Jarvis stands as a true pioneer and game-changer in British cultural history, in a decade-spanning career. From his time as Pulp’s charismatic frontman, to his solo detours and beloved 6Music radio show, Britpop icon Jarvis proved his worth as one of the most important musicians of our time.
Saturday was one of the most anticipated days in the festival’s history, with what was probably one of the best performances of the weekend, the heavy rock set by the amazing Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Lots of energy on stage. George Ezra returned to Hertfordshire with a strong set attended by most of the festival audience in the evening, to please the numerous families present.
On Sunday, The Bootleg Beatles drew a massive crowd for their trip down memory lane – putting on a Fab afternoon masterclass in the process. Gaz Coombes also delivered an amazing performance mixing poetry and folk. The highlight of the day was without doubt Goldfrapp’s well-attended set. In an electric-blue suit the very charismatic Alison Goldfrapp performed some of the most iconic songs they are known for. An electro-rock and fashion statement, this concert was probably the best of the festival.
Comedy from Seann Walsh, a spellbinding headline performance on the Laundry Meadows stage from The Horrors and a festival closing showcase of glam rock from legendary Bryan Ferry – it was the perfect way to wrap up another history-making year at Standon Calling.
Standon Calling is the full 360-degree festival experience. It is the biggest dog-friendly festival in the UK with an inimitable Dog Show, stellar Food & Drink from London’s very best street food favourites, a whole range of Wellbeing Classes and Workshops. Accommodations cater for everyone: from quiet camping to boutique, family and campervans.
For its thirteenth year, Standon Calling offered a welcoming embrace to a weekend of music, arts, fun and pure festival joy. With an ever-growing and loyal audience from around the country, it’s a calling to an unparalleled and fun celebration that once a year pulls a community together.
Perched in the stunning Hertfordshire hills, it’s an easy-to-reach trip to fantastic music and unforgettable entertainment.