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Morcheeba among new names added to Standon Calling

Standon Calling has announced more names taking part at this year’s event, including legendary electronic band Morcheeba.

The London band have sold over 10 million albums worldwide, and singer Skye Edwards has also performed on two massive no 1 singles including the Children In Need song Perfect Day in 1997 and Band Aid 20 in 2004.

We spoke to the band’s Ross Godfrey about this year’s event, and their plans to release a new single and album and undertake a massive world tour. You can hear the interview again below:

A number of new additions to the Standon Calling line-up have been announced today. Along with Morcheeba, ex-Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have been added to the music stages, while Seann Walsh, Lucy Porter and Kerry Godliman headline the comedy tent.

There’s a great late-night electronica line-up announced too, including 2ManyDJs and the Hot Chip Megamix.

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Latitude 2018: Killers, Solange and Alt-J announced as headliners

The 13th Latitude Festival has announced its line up with The Killers, Solange and Alt-J due to headline the event, which takes place this year from 12-15 July at its usual venue of Henham Park in Suffolk.

The Killers, fresh from the success of chart-topping comeback album Wonderful Wonderful, headline Latitude for the first time. Part-rock show, part-art extravaganza, The Killers, led by charismatic frontman Brandon Flowers, are sure to bring something very special to this year’s line up with much loved hits ‘The Man’, ‘When You Were Young, and of course ‘Mr Brightside’.

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter of A Seat at the Table fame Solange performs her first-ever festival headline slot at Latitude in a UK exclusive. It’s been over a year since she released the critically acclaimed album that she has called “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief, and healing”.

Latitude loves a success story, and is famed for breaking new talent and nurturing artists so it’s truly thrilling to host Alt-J as headliners once more. From performing on the Lake Stage in 2012 as an up and coming act, returning to headline the BBC Music Stage in 2013, and then closing the Friday night of Latitude’s 10th anniversary in 2015.

Latitude will become the first major festival to do away with ‘fast food’ with the Arena now catered entirely by Street Food organised by London’s Street Feast. Families looking for quality time together need go no further than Latitude’s Enchanted Garden, where they’ll get the chance to make some magic of their own, including VR workshops with top industry creatives, screen printing T-shirts, trapeze and circus skills.

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Artists announced today:

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Æ MAK, Alfa Mist, Alt-J, Alvvays, Benjamin Clementine, Black Honey, Bomba Estéreo, Boy Azooga, Bruce,Clark performing Death Peak Live, Confidence Man, DJ Boring, Eclair Fifi, Fazerdaze, Fickle Friends, Gang of Youths, Hannah Peel with Tubular Brass, Hinds, Ibeyi, Idles, Jacob Banks, Jade Bird, James, Japandroids, Jessie Ware, Jon Hopkins Live, Juanita Stein, Kalyde, La Femme, Marlon Williams, Meggie Brown, Mogwai, Naaz, Nabihah Iqbal, Object Blue, Octavian, OR:LA, Pangaea, Parquet Courts, Pip Blom, Preoccupations, Rag’n’Bone Man, Sam Fender, Sleeper, Solange, Sorry, Spinning Coin, Superorganism, The Breeders, The Charlatans, The Killers, The Vaccines, Trudy And The Romance, tUnE-yArDs, whenyoung, Wolf Alice and Yellow Days

Comedy acts announced today:

Abigoliah Schamaun, Amusical, Angela Barnes, Bridget Christie, Chortle Student Comedy Awards Finalists, Chris Stokes, Chris Washington, Darren Harriott, David Morgan, David O’Doherty, Fern Brady, Glenn Moore, Gráinne Maguire, Harry Hill, Huge Davies, Jack Gleadow, James Acaster, Jarlath Regan, Jayde Adams, Joe Sutherland, Jon Pointing, Jonathan Pie, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Lauren Pattison, Lazy Susan, Lloyd Griffith, Lolly Adefope, Lost Voice Guy, Lou Sanders, Luke Kempner, Masud Milas, Mat Ewins, Mawaan Rizwan, Mo Gilligan, Phoebe Walsh, Rhys Nicholson, Richard Todd, Sarah Keyworth, Shappi Khorsandi, Sisters, Steen Raskopoulos, Stevie Martin, Tessa Coates, Tim Key: Megadate and Where’s The F In News.

Standon Calling: George Ezra and Paloma Faith join headliner Bryan Ferry

Standon Calling is set for its biggest year to date, with two of British music’s most adored modern favourites George Ezra and Paloma Faith leading the way as the final two headliners this July.

Now in its thirteenth year, Standon Calling offers a welcoming embrace to a weekend of music, arts, fun and pure festival joy. We chatted to festival founder Alex Trenchard about what could be expected at this year’s event. You can hear the interview again here:

And Phoenix FM is proud to announce that we’re officially partnering the festival this year, so there will be lots of exclusive news and interviews in the coming months!

One of the biggest-selling breakthrough names of the decade, George Ezra and his earnest tales of life and love have taken him around the globe since the release of debut album ‘Wanted On Voyage’. With a catalogue of singalong favourites under his belt (from ‘Budapest’, ‘Listen To The Man’ and ‘Cassy O’ to ‘Blame It On Me’ and ‘Don’t Matter Now’), George has become a unique talent whose immediate warmth and distinctive voice has seen millions swoon. Born and raised just down the road in Hertford, his headline set at Standon Calling is destined to be a tender and electric homecoming. An unmissable festival moment, George Ezra at Standon Calling will be a coming-together of friends, family and fans for a crowning set from Hertfordshire’s favourite son.

Combining showbiz, laughter and soaring anthems, Paloma Faith is one of the nation’s biggest pop stars. From BRIT Awards, to double-platinum albums and countless memorable performances – Paloma has become a British institution, unafraid to speak out and thriving with individuality. With a live show that has seen arenas bow down in awe, Paloma Faith is the perfect headliner to kick off the weekend at Standon Calling, with what’s sure to be a tour de force of an artist at the peak of her powers.

George Ezra and Paloma Faith join the previously announced Sunday night headliner Bryan Ferry at the top of the bill for a truly staggering weekend of front-runners, exciting creative forces and some of the most talked-about names in modern music.

Effortlessly cool and undeniably iconic, Goldfrapp have become an electric powerhouse lead by the incredible presence of Alison Goldfrapp herself. Across a nearly 20 year career, their immediate synth-pop sounds have pushed the boundaries of electronic music – with the likes of ‘Ride A White Horse’, ‘Ooh La La’ and ‘Number 1’ ready-made for big festival moments. Taking to the stage as very special guests ahead of Sunday night headliner Bryan Ferry, expect their set to be a showcase of immeasurable quality and swagger.

In a class of their own The Horrors are a mesmerising force in alternative music. Across five studio albums, they’ve refused to sit still – constantly reinventing and luring thousands into their world, led by the mesmerising presence of frontman Faris Badwan. With latest album ‘V’, The Horrors have progressed into a dazzling realm of electronic, post-punk with glorious hooks – and their set is bound to be the stunning sight of a band in their prime. Full of innovative sounds, Django Django are a band never satisfied with the mediocre. Expect a rich catalogue of diverse and thrilling cuts as a result. With new album ‘Marble Skies’ already collecting plaudits across the musical world, their set at Standon Calling will be a marvellous look at one of the UK’s most creative bands.

Creativity flows through Hertfordshire’s-own Maribou State, whose mix of organic sounds and electronic music’s most euphoric moments make them an essential part of a truly memorable festival experience. Their set at Standon Calling will be an eye-opening voyage and a welcome, electronic homecoming at the same time. Full of sharp-witted wordplay and a down-to-earth viewpoint on the world around her, Little Simz is a beacon in the future of UK hip-hop. Touring around the globe with Gorillaz, her live show has become a truly must-see experience, combining scattered wordplay and stunning crescendos that are bound to go off at Standon Calling this year. Pushing at boundaries is an ethos that flows through Tokio Myers, having burst onto our television screens as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, he’ll be showcasing his moving and stunning soundscapes, mixing classical, modern, electronic and top-notch performance, with a simple piano as his starting point. Prepare to be captivated. Eye-opening in their own unstoppable way, Marmozets have grown into a true leading force in British rock music, lead by the no-nonsense presence of singer Becca Macintyre. With a new album out this week, and a live show that’ll drag you right into their world, Marmozets are ready to light the fuse with one of the most energetic shows of the weekend.

Continuing Standon Calling’s reputation for bringing through the most hotly-tipped names in new music, 2018 is again primed with off-the-chart potential – offering a chance to be among the first to witness the sounds that’ll be soundtracking the globe in the very near future. Bursting with indie-hooks galore The Amazons have had a meteoric rise over the past 12 months, going from pubs and club in their hometown of Reading to huge festival stages around the glove. Their self-titled debut is a shimmering celebration of guitar music, and you can guarantee that Standon Calling will be bouncing and bowing to their every word come July. Pale Waves are undeniably the most talked-about new band on the planet, with a string of spellbinding singles leading to magazine front-covers, shortlisted nods with the BBC Sound Of…, MTV and many more, and a growing legion of devoted fans hungry for what comes next. The sound of The Cure meeting The 1975, their wide-eyed neon pop is set to make them superstars – and their set at Standon Calling will be rammed to the rafters for pop’s next big force. Fellow BBC Sound Of… nominees Tom Walker and Sam Fender are also set for Standon Calling this summer, bringing with them the fresh sounds that’ll no doubt send them stratospheric. From Tom Walker’s deeply impassioned tales and gritty charm, to Sam Fender’s electric kicks, they’re both on course for the big leagues and Standon Calling will offer that first glimpse in style. With soaring punk-trio Dream Wife sure to shake up the fields with their fiery brand of visceral hooks, the synchronised overload of fizzy-pop duo Confidence Man, Dutch favourite Pip Blom, the Tim Burgess-approved cuts of Average Sex, the shaken worldwide cocktail that is Flamingods and local risers The Saboteurs – those at the forefront of thrilling new music are making their presence known at Standon Calling this summer.

The Amazons’ frontman Matt Thomson said:
“We’re excited to return to Standon Calling, having first played the festival in 2016. We have fond memories from the show, and are looking forward to joining an awesome lineup this year!”

Throughout the weekend, stunning live performances can be found across the festival – bringing together the most exciting live shows on the planet, perfect for that ultimate festival weekend. Fusing African beats and electronic flourishes Ibibio Sound Machine have had a blossoming rise, with a live show full of vibrant energy and infectious celebration – bound to leave its mark when they roll through to Standon Calling. Longtime favourites of the festival The Cuban Brothers will bring their hit-packed jamboree to the main stage for a special La Familia Live Show with special guests to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Known around the world, The Bootleg Beatles will be celebrating the Fab Four’s legacy with the ultimate tribute show that’ll infect festival-goers with a joyous case of Beatlemania and the London Astrobeat Orchestra performs: Talking Heads is sure to be an eclectic thrillride through one of the most creative bands ever to exist.

Speaking about Standon Calling 2018, Ibibio Sound Machine said:
“We’re really excited to be returning to Standon Calling – it’s a great festival and we had a blast playing there last time. You can expect a high energy dance set from us so hope you have your dancing shoes on!”

In the daytime, Standon Calling thrives with fun for all the family, lead by the unmissable spectacle that is Horrible Histories Live giving their own unique re-telling of key moments in history. CBeebies favourite Andy Day brings his live band Andy and The Odd Socks for a Standon Calling debut sure to raise smiles and cheers from younger festival-goers – remember your odd socks for this performance! While Woodland Tribe encourages creativity, teamwork and fun as kids work together to build their own playground in the woods before playtime begins in earnest. The Indie Kids’ Kids Disco – from the guys behind Club De Fromage – are also on hand, soundtracking family fun. Plus, much more family programming to be announced shortly.

By night, the sizzling sounds of electronic glory ring out across the festival – with atmospheric morpher and Grammy-nominee Elderbrook, the genre-twisting sounds of Fleetmac Wood bringing Fleetwood Mac’s catalogue to the dancefloor, Mancunion-legend Greg Wilson and many more including Defect, Kid Fiesta, and the live eruption that is Uncle Funk And The Boogie Wonderland lighting up late-night entertainment at Standon Calling. Bringing some of the best club nights the UK has to offer to the fields for special festival takeovers, the likes of Ultimate Power, The Sounds Familiar Music Quiz, Great Brain Robbery, Age Against The Machine, Bowie Disco, Club De Fromage, Rockaoke and revered drum and bass heavyweights Hospitality curate two nights of four-to-the-floor action in The Cowshed Club.

Whether it’s spending time in The Village Green and The People’s Front Room enjoying the hilarious comedy programme, talks, debates or cabaret on the Standon Lordship Lawn, kicking back at Beefy Melons Temple of Love and Gratitude and The Flying Machine Cafe or getting right into the ‘swing’ of things with the Swing Patrol dance workshops – Standon Calling offers surprises, unbelievable sights and pure festival joy at every turn.

Creativity is key to the ethos of the festival and each year a new Story provides a theme for set design and costumes! This summer, Standon Calling presents THE FUTURE, exploring four worlds: Utopia, Dystopia, Cosmos and Earth 2.0. Not only will this mean amazing pieces of design and immersive fun at the festival itself, Saturday sees the huge annual Costume Parade, a show-stopping spectacle you need to get involved with!

Standon Calling is the full 360-degree festival experience. It is the biggest dog-friendly festival in the UK with an unrivalled Dog Show, you can enjoy a mouth-watering array of stellar Food & Drink from London’s very best street food favourites, take a dip in the heated Swimming Pool, relax in the Hot Tubs or take part in a whole range of Wellbeing Classes and Workshops. Standon Calling is a trip into something more, and an invitation for everyone to escape the world around them.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 –

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!

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.