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Standon Calling



Fri 26 Jul 2019
Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire
Artists watched: Idles, Inhaler, Joy Formidable, Flamingods, Warmduscher, Elvana, Kate Nash, Band of Skulls, Echo and the Bunnymen, Kawala, Fang Club, Sea Girls, Saint Agnes, Rag 'n' Bone Man, Babeheaven, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Iris Gold, Friendly Fires, Hattie Whitehead, She Street Band, Cuban Brothers

Poster for Standon Calling

My third visit to Standon Calling, which is becoming one of my favourite little festivals.

There's an incredibly eclectic line-up once again which seems to have something for everyone, and not tons of similar stuff for a small group of people. Which means you look at the line up thinking "oh there's a lot I won't watch" - but that's definitely for the best, because you can't see everything anyway.

I don't actually know who these dinosaurs are

I don't actually know who these dinosaurs are

I interviewed Inhaler (featuring Bono's son Eli on lead vocals), Band of Skulls, Some Sprouts, Gwen and the Good Thing and festival organiser Alex Trenchard, all of whom were lovely.

My highlights, in probable descending order of highlightedness, were:

Idles - one year on, I'm starting to love their second album more and more - particularly Never Fight A Man With A Perm!

Idles at Standon Calling 2019

Idles at Standon Calling 2019

Idles at Standon Calling 2019

Inhaler - some great tunes which proves that there's definitely something there past the hype

Inhaler at Standon Calling 2019

Inhaler at Standon Calling 2019

The Joy Formidable - this was pretty much the same set from last time I saw them, as it was heavy on tracks from first album A Balloon Called Moaning. The energy on stage is as great as ever. But boo to their management who agreed to an interview, kept me waiting for an hour and then changed his mind ...

The Joy Formidable at Standon Calling 2019

The Joy Formidable at Standon Calling 2019

Flamingods - a fantastic slab of psych stoner/rock. It seemed like 45 minutes, 3 songs!

Flamingods at Standon Calling 2019

Flamingods at Standon Calling 2019

Warmduscher - "post punk" doesn't really sum this lot up properly. Sleazy hillbilly punk is closer for me.

Warmduscher at Standon Calling 2019

Warmduscher at Standon Calling 2019

Elvana - much easier to describe. Nirvana songs played by Elvis!

Elvana at Standon Calling 2019

Elvana at Standon Calling 2019

Kate Nash - great spectacle headlining the second stage. Too much pink neon!

Kate Nash at Standon Calling 2019

Kate Nash at Standon Calling 2019

Band Of Skulls - first time I had caught them live, and great to chat to backstage too.

Band of Skulls at Standon Calling 2019

Band of Skulls at Standon Calling 2019

Echo and the Bunnymen - was this really the first time I've seen them live? Great to hear Nothing Lasts Forever, which bizarrely is my favourite song of theirs.

Echo and the Bunnymen at Standon Calling 2019

Who else did I catch ...

Kawala at Standon Calling 2019

Kawala

Fang Club at Standon Calling 2019

Fang Club

Sea Girls at Standon Calling 2019

Sea Girls

Saint Agnes at Standon Calling 2019

Saint Agnes

David Ellis at Standon Calling 2019

David Ellis

Some Sprouts at Standon Calling 2019

Some Sprouts

Rag 'n' Bone Man at Standon Calling 2019

Rag 'n' Bone Man

Babeheaven at Standon Calling 2019

Babeheaven

Gwen and the Good Thing at Standon Calling 2019

Gwen and the Good Thing

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at Standon Calling 2019

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Iris Gold at Standon Calling 2019

Iris Gold

Friendly Fires at Standon Calling 2019

Friendly Fires

Hattie Whitehead at Standon Calling 2019

Hattie Whitehead

The She Street Band at Standon Calling 2019

The She Street Band at Standon Calling 2019

The She Street Band

The Cuban Brothers at Standon Calling 2019

The Cuban Brothers at Standon Calling 2019

The Cuban Brothers

And ... Lewis Capaldi walked into my tent while I was working, holding a dog.

Lewis Capaldi with a dog at Standon Calling 2019

And ... I had a vegan mac and cheese too. Never again. Sorry vegans, your food sucks!

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