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Standon Calling First Names Unveiled

| On 23, Feb 2012





Very Special Guests in The Cowshed – THE TIME AND SPACE MACHINE

and many more still to be announced…

Standon Calling 2012

August 3-5 August 2012

Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire


Starting the ball rolling with the announcement of the three headliners for this August’s event, Standon Calling 2012 demonstrates just why it’s one of the UK’s best-loved independent festivals.

Thought-provoking, charismatic and bursting with character, this year’s headliners Death in Vegas, Beardyman and Fat Freddy’s Drop are sure to bring the Main Stage to a standstill – but that’s not all, as Standon Calling announces a raft of supporting acts, as well as very special guests in The Cowshed The Time and Space Machine.

Rock meets electrionica as Death in Vegas heads up Saturday night. Richard Fearless’s minimal beats meet psychedelic flamboyance and progressive rock stamina meets throbbing basslines. Death in Vegas is the hybrid of psych-rock navel-gazing noise, emotive lyrics, and pumping techno. Since the project emerged with a 1997 debut, Death in Vegas has continued to grow, expand and

experiment – and 2011‘s critically acclaimed ‘Trans-Love Energies’ album is testament to that. Expect an audio-visual treat, as Fearless’s imagination runs wild – this will be stunning!

Beatbox, MC, musician and all-round vocal genius, Beardyman joins Standon Calling 2012, promising a non-stop show that’ll be impossible to label. Just what IS Beardyman? Unpredictable, thoroughly entertaining and magic – that’s what! And sliding in on Sunday, bringing with them their own brand of dub-funk-reggae-soul are Fat Freddy’s Drop – the seven-piece outfit who’ve won fans around the world with the chilled out vibes.

Also announced to play Standon Calling 2012 is The Time and Space Machine is Richard Norris’s latest – and trippiest – exploration of the psychedelic side of music. There’s Moshi Moshi’s Norwegian synth-poppers CasioKids. Sunderland’s engaging wonky electronic pop brothers Field Music whose latest album is receiving critical acclaim and inspiring a new psychedelia. A longtime friend of Standon Calling, Gabby Young and Other Animals – whose new album is due this summer – returns this year, wilder, bolder and more irresistible than ever. Expect a brassy, bouncy, slinky and theatrical musical mystery tour punctuated with elements of burlesque and figments from Gabby Young’s rollercoaster imagination.


Recently voted MTV’s ‘Brand New for 2012’ one to watch, King Charles will thrill with his curious glam folk pop breezy sound. Stealing Sheep continue the psych-feel, with lo-fi harmonic pop. Innovative three-piece folk band Yearners join the party. London’s dub-punk-big-beat-reggae duo Dub Pistols are back, with a new album to show off. Join delicious ‘freak’-folkers Vadoinmessico or get lost in singer-songwriter Jenny O.’s infectious melodies. Standon Calling 2012 is all about exploration – and with these acts you can really lose yourself in the music!

This year Standon Calling will bring you three stages – and a few more ‘roaming arenas’ of forward-thinking, carefully programmed music. Catch your favourites on the Main Stage; find yourself at The Lordship, where folk finds its own at Standon Calling; or go wild at The Cowshed until the small hours.

Two For Joy Music, The Green Note and Owlsworld present The Lordship – the folk stage – at Standon Calling 2012. Camden’s The Green Note has gained a reputation as one of London’s premier intimate live music venues, and has become renowned for hosting the cream of the crop of folk, blues, roots, Americana and world music. Two For Joy Music, hatched in The Magpie’s Nest and Cut A Shine Hoedown Collective, provides the tools for the musical extended family to connect, expand and grow. Owlsworld work closely with a host of national and international touring folk and roots bands, from bluegrass to blues.

Standon Calling is a three-day party featuring musical icons, breakthrough acts, a swimming pool, themed fancy dress, an on-site nightclub, bars that never close, sprawling arts installations, roaming interactive theatre, the weird and the wonderful – and so much more besides. For a snapshot of what to expect this year from one of the UK’s most interactive – and creative – festivals take a look at this video from Standon Calling 2011:


Standon Calling 2012 has some other exciting plans to unveil over the next couple of months – and they’re always interested in fans’ input and feedback on the Facebook page.

This year will be bigger, better and brighter… Come together!



Early Bird for Standon Calling 2012 tickets sold out more quickly than ever before – and that was before any lineup announcements!


THANK YOU! Expect Standon Calling 2012 to be a sellout long before August – get your tickets now and secure your place at one of the summer’s most exciting festivals.

Adult Weekend: £99

Adult Two-Day: £78 / Adult Friday: £25 / Adult Saturday: £39 / Adult Sunday: £39

There’s also boutique camping available – or you can take along your camper van. Families, groups and anyone else catered for. Full information on all tickets is here: