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Standon Calling 2018: Bryan Ferry announced as first headliner

Continuing its reputation as the universally-acclaimed weekend of the festival calendar, Standon Calling once again opens its doors in 2018 for an unparalleled and down-to-earth celebration of community and entertainment – with Bryan Ferry announced today as the first headline act for next year’s festival.

Bryan Ferry

An indisputable icon and svengali of fashion and style, Bryan Ferry is one of the true pioneers in British music history. From his time as frontman of the legendary Roxy Music, through a dazzling catalogue of solo work, his hip-shaking, sharply-dressed attention to detail has stunned audiences around the globe, making him an unmissable spectacle each time he steps on the stage. From eruptive classics like ‘Let’s Stick Together’, ‘Slave To Love’ and ‘Don’t Stop The Dance’ to Roxy favourites ‘Love Is The Drug’, ‘Dance Away’ and ‘Angel Eyes’ – Bryan Ferry stands as one of the most influential artists of all-time. A sizzling party atmosphere is guaranteed, as he headlines Standon Calling 2018 for what’s sure to be a dynamite evening in the company of a master.

Now in its thirteenth year, Standon Calling offers 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 down-to-earth celebration that once a year pulls a community together. Nestled in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside, it’s an easy-to-reach voyage into something truly special. At Standon Calling they dare to be different, with a purposefully eclectic, inclusive and creative programme, carefully curated to reflect the diverse interests of the crowds that gather year after year in its fields.

By day, expect music to touch your heart, make you think, make you mosh and make you dance. Indulge with award-winning food & drink, settle in to enjoy acclaimed comedy, or entertain the whole family with activities and performances for all ages. Dip into the swimming pool or take in the dog show. The options are endless. By night, this is one bold, show-stopping beast, as world-class performers arrive in full force. Don’t miss late-night frivolities from some of the most celebrated electronic acts and DJs on the planet, leading the party right up to 4am. The perfect home for summer memories, Standon Calling is a defining beacon of the British festival experience.

Looking ahead to 2018 and the news of Bryan Ferry’s headline slot, Founder and Festival Director Alex Trenchard said:

“Bryan Ferry is an icon who created, defined and influenced an entire musical generation. As a solo artist and as part of Roxy Music, he has steered popular music toward the way of cool for the last forty years. His lyrical brilliance and powerful performances are legendary and Standon Calling is going to be purring in appreciation of his silky stylings as he closes the festival in 2018.”

After its most successful year to date in 2017, Tier 3 tickets are now on sale for Standon Calling 2018 – with previous tiers selling out in record time. For further details, head to

The Phoenix FM team were at Standon Calling 2017 and chatted to lots of performers, including Gary Numan, KT Tunstall, Lucy Spraggan and many more. To hear the interviews again visit

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Standon Calling 2017: A Seismic Year Of Festival Memories

Serving up its biggest year to date, Standon Calling 2017 proved itself to be the true definitive British festival experience – bringing plenty of sunny memories across the weekend. From show-stopping headline sets from the iconic Grace Jones, Clean Bandit and Orbital, to the packed Standon Calling Dog Show, the incredible Horrible Histories bringing Barmy Britain Live to the Main Stage, Mr Motivator starting Sunday in a fashion only he can and the glitter-soaked force of nature that is Sink The Pink – there was a memory waiting at every turn.

Standon Calling 2016

Standon Calling

Festival Founder and Director Alex Trenchard said:

“As we planned and geared up for Standon this year, we kept saying how this year was going to be the best yet, but it’s gone even further than that over the weekend. Seeing so many happy faces, both old and new, young and older was amazing and we were absolutely delighted to see the looks on people’s faces when they saw the likes of Grace Jones, Orbital, Clean Bandit, Sink The Pink and many more. Thank you to everyone who came down this year and made it such an incredible experience – we’ll see you all in 2018!”

With Standon Calling 2017 locked in the memories of over 15,000 happy festival-goers, earlybird tickets for next year’s event are set for release shortly. With deposit schemes available at limited low prices, along with Lavish Lands, Camping and Campervan spots – it’s the perfect moment to lock in those all important dates for 2018.

Standon Calling will return between July 26th-29th 2018.

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Standon Calling 2017: The Fairyland Trust

The Fairyland Trust is a unique charity which encourages children and their families to discover the magic of nature through unique events and workshops.


Nick Field spoke to Dave from the Trust about the work they do and you can hear the interview again below:

You can find our more about the group’s charitable work by visiting their official Facebook page.

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Standon Calling 2017: Flyte

Nick Field caught up with Flyte – Will, Nick, Jon and Sam – just before their Sunday afternoon set on the Laundry Meadows stage.


The London foursome combine a wealth of influences ranging from the wry storytelling of The Kinks, the off-kilter new wave sensibilities of Talking Heads and the lyrically incisive optimism of the best mid 90s British bands. And you can hear what they had to say to Nick below:

You can find out more about what the band are up to by following their official Facebook page.

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Standon Calling 2017: Mudlarks

Mudlarks is a Hertford based charity who aim to integrate people with learning difficulties and mental health issues into the community through gardening.


Nick caught up with Gina and Christine who talked about the work they do, which includes horticultural training, therapy and work experience at the Mudlarks community allotment in Hertford.

You can hear the interview again below:

You can find out more about Mudlarks at their website –

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Standon Calling 2017: Alex Trenchard

Without Alex, none of this would happen. He’s been organising this annual music event since 2004 and seen it grow from a birthday barbecue to a one-day one-stage event to the multi-stage event it is today.

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Paul spoke to Alex about how it has all gone this year and whether he’s managed to see any of the bands himself!

You can hear the interview again here:

Alex will be planning the 2018 event shortly and we look forward to telling you all about it!

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Standon Calling 2017: Gary Numan

Gary is about to release his 21st album, Savage (Songs From A Broken World), and is embarking on a mini-tour of festivals before a more major jaunt in the autumn around the UK and North America.

Gary Numan with Paul Golder

We spoke to Gary just before his Main Stage performance today. Gary explained why he chose a dystopian theme for his new record – and which real world event was the inspiration behind it.

You can hear the interview again here:

You can find out all the latest news about Gary’s album and tour at his official website.

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Standon Calling 2017: KT Tunstall

We grabbed the lovely KT Tunstall for a few minutes before her main stage performance at this year’s Standon Calling!

KT Tunstall with Paul Golder

KT, who now lives in Los Angeles, is currently writing a trilogy of life-affirming albums with the first of these, KIN, already out and the next one due in the spring. She spoke to us about her love of touring, her inspiration for her new work and also chatted about WarChild and the amazing work they do. You can hear it all again here:

You can keep an eye her latest news by following KT’s official Facebook page.

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Standon Calling 2017: John Hassall & The April Rainers

We were lucky enough to chat to the members of the Denmark-based band The April Rainers, prior to their set on the Laundry Meadows stage at this year’s Standon Calling festival.

The band are based around the bassist, member of Libertines, John Hassall.
The April Rainers
The band spoke about their perceived influences and the new album, Wheels to Idyl.

John made it clear that the Libertines are still a fully-functioning band, who are “more on that off lately”.

To listen to the interview, click below.

Click here for the band’s Facebook page.

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Standon Calling 2017: Cabbage

Prior to their set at the Laundry Meadows stage at this year’s Standon Calling, we spoke to one of the frontmen from the band Cabbage, Joe Martin.

Joe from Cabbage

Joe from Cabbage

Being described by the Guardian as “Manchester’s most exciting new band” Joe spoke to us about the meanings behind a number of the band’s songs.

Joe described the band as being politically motivated, with a number of messages in their songs.

For more details on the band, go to their Facebook page.

To listen to the interview, click below.

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