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
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 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!
Inhaler - some great tunes which proves that there's definitely something there past the hype
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 ...
Flamingods - a fantastic slab of psych stoner/rock. It seemed like 45 minutes, 3 songs!
Warmduscher - "post punk" doesn't really sum this lot up properly. Sleazy hillbilly punk is closer for me.
Elvana - much easier to describe. Nirvana songs played by Elvis!
Kate Nash - great spectacle headlining the second stage. Too much pink neon!
Band Of Skulls - first time I had caught them live, and great to chat to backstage too.
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.
Who else did I catch ...
Rag 'n' Bone Man
Gwen and the Good Thing
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
The She Street Band
The Cuban Brothers
And ... Lewis Capaldi walked into my tent while I was working, holding a dog.
And ... I had a vegan mac and cheese too. Never again. Sorry vegans, your food sucks!
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