Bastille, Hot Chip and Primal Scream to headline Standon Calling 2021

Ready to bring you that much-needed shot of quintessential UK festival fun for the whole family, Standon Calling has announced its return this July – celebrating its 15th Birthday in style with an exciting new lineup across music, family entertainment, late-night dance, comedy and much much more!

Nestled in the beautiful countryside setting in the valley of the River Rib in Hertfordshire, Standon Calling 2021 promises to be a weekend escape full of the brightest moments and collective joys that come with the great UK festival experience. Bringing world-renowned music, the best in sensational new talent, a diverse array of entertainment stretching across comedy, dance, family fun and more – it’s a welcoming and homely summer experience not to be missed.

Leading the charge for 2021’s unmissable 15th birthday celebrations is a rich musical bill that celebrates every shining aspect of what makes Standon Calling a must for music fans of all tastes. One of the biggest UK bands of the past decade, Bastille return to Standon Calling to rightfully top the bill – bringing with them an unparalleled array of chart hits and a formidable live show that has seen them become a true global phenomenon. Undeniable British music icons Primal Scream head to the Lordship this July for an emphatic headline moment, capturing the spirit and tireless influence of a career spanning over 30 years. From ‘Movin On Up’, ‘Come Together’ and ‘Loaded’ to ‘Country Girl’, ‘Rocks’ and ‘Jailbird’ to name but a few – frontman Bobby Gillespie is set to return to the stage in style at Standon Calling 2021. They’ll be joined by fellow headliners and one of the most critically revered British bands of the 21st century, Hot Chip. Described by many as the perfect festival band, their blending worlds of electronica, pop and sun-kissed euphoria is bound to go down a treat when they take over Standon Calling – for a definitive festival moment.

Primal Scream said:
“We can’t wait to play our music in front of a living breathing audience once again …”

Spread across multiple stages, expect to find a glorious cocktail of sounds and flavours for all occasions and ages, celebrating coming together once again under summer skies. There’s party-starting energy from the legendary Craig David presents TS5, Sophie Ellis Bextor ft Sink The Pink, De La Soul, Sister Sledge and La Roux. There’s boundary-pushing must-see live powerhouses such as Everything Everything, Mystery Jets, Akala, Working Men’s Club, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Picture This and Mercury Prize nominees Porridge Radio. There’s the best in incredible new music from Squid, Holly Humberstone, Baby Queen, Biig Piig, Charlotte Adigéry, Greentea Peng, Lauran Hibberd, Lynks, Bob Vylan and Eurovision superstar Dadi Freyr. As the night draws in, throw yourself into the party spirit with Maribou State (DJ), HAAi, Sherelle, Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, Jamz Supernova, Darius Syrossian and London Elektricity. At every corner and at any time, Standon Calling delivers on a truly memorable festival experience for all ages, with something for everyone.

Festival favourites Horrible Histories return for a laugh-out-loud live stage show looking at history’s most telling moments as their cast take to the Main Stage, whilst the incomparable Dick & Dom bring their DJ Battle back to Standon Calling – full of thrills, spills and smile-inducing celebration. Spend the day taking things prehistoric with How To Train Your Dinosaur, taking a dip in the Swimming Pool, scaling the Climbing Wall and getting stuck into the Woodland Tribe activities or tucking into mouth-watering feasts courtesy of the best in UK festival street food (whether that’s lush Chicken Wings, flavour-filled Vegan Tacos or gooey brownies and late night toasties). Family is the heart of everything Standon Calling is about, and 2021 is set to celebrate that like never before – with a dedicated kids area filled with activities throughout each festival day for all ages, babysitting services open throughout the festival; day and unique sites for kids woven throughout the Standon Calling festival site. Bringing the complete festival experience to the fore, Standon Calling is packed with fun for the whole family and filled with memories that will last an entire lifetime.

And it doesn’t stop there. Take some time out during the festival day for some of the best in new and emerging Comedy, with Standon Calling’s Comedy lineup becoming one of the most acclaimed in the UK festival landscape over the past few years. Combining established favourites from TV, screen and scene such as Ed Gamble and Zoe Lyons to breakthrough rising talent such as Hannah Fairweather and Owen Roberts – this hugely popular part of Standon Calling looks set to keep getting better and better with another formidable lineup that you won’t find anywhere else. Truly celebrate being a part of the Standon Calling family with the standout Costume Parade taking pride of place in the heart of Saturday, with a range of exclusive prizes and more to be won as you guide through the festival site surrounded by like-minded festival-goers all revelling together. Not to forget, the iconic Standon Calling Dog Show – returning on the Sunday at the festival to crown some of the best pooches around, with all available to enter. After 2019’s judging run from Lewis Capaldi, expect more surprises and prizes not to be woofed at! Well, we presume there’ll be some woofing but you get the point…

Perfectly exemplifying that summer festival experience we all deserve, Standon Calling is opening its doors for a true celebratory return with incredible entertainment and community shining brighter than ever.

Speaking about the return of Standon Calling in 2021, Festival Founder and Director Alex Trenchard said:

“It brings me incredible joy and happiness to announce the return of Standon Calling. It’s no secret that the past year has been an incredibly tough one not just for the festival world, but for all of us longing to return to some degree of normality and longing to celebrate and dance together once again. This year’s festival is more important than ever, with all of us at Standon Calling determined to bring a summer festival experience full of entertainment and memories to the fields once again. This year’s lineup is my favourite to date, from huge headliners to some of the most exciting new sounds/artists going and the return of some huge family highlights from over the years – I can’t wait to welcome all this summer”.

Following an incredible number of festival fans carrying over their ticket from 2020’s postponed event, a limited batch of 2021 festival tickets are now on sale – with ticket prices for all ages available at

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