Standon Calling 2017 – Nextfest Preview
Standon Calling, which takes place 27th-30th July, returns to the wonderful Hertfordshire countryside for its 12th annual festival, bringing with it some incredible international stars, including Grace Jones, Gary Numan, and Steve Mason, to name but a few.
There is plenty to do in terms of family fun, with organisers inviting the Horrible Histories crew along to perform The Best of Barmy Britain, in which they divulge all of the gruesome details that the school history books tend to leave out (or gloss over, at the least – parents might question the importance of knowing what a Viking latrine smells like).
Also entertaining the little-uns (and big-uns) is Matthew Bourne, who choreographs contemporary dance performances.
In 2017 alone, Bourne and his dance troupe have won several awards, including the International Award at The Stage awards, for Sleeping Beauty, and the Best Entertainment Award at the Olivier awards, for The Red Shoes.
In terms of music (the ‘grown-up’ bit), there is plenty on offer from an enviable line-up. This includes one of Nextfest‘s favourite duos; Orbital. Purveyors of some of the most iconic dance music of the past 25 years, Orbital come to the festival to perform some of their most impressive hits, including Chime, Halcyon, Satan, and as they are reportedly working on a new album, you may hear some tracks that are yet to see the light of day.
You are also encouraged to check out what !!! (CHK, CHK, CHK) have to offer, as they bring their inimitable brand of dance-punk to Standon Calling. The Sacramento five-piece arrive on the back of their latest album release, Shake and Shudder. These five really know how to perform a driving set, and you’re likely to hear them playing tracks from the new album, as well as classic hits Me and Giuliani Down By the School Yard, and Hello, Is This Thing On?
Finally, for something a touch different, we recommend checking out a bit of Idris Elba. “Isn’t he an actor, though?” we hear you cry! Well, yes, he is, but if Steve Davis is allowed a turn on the decks, then Elba, already an accomplished DJ, can hop up on the stage as well. Expect to hear a mix of house, hip-house, broken-beat and techno from this diverse DJ.
Last, but definitely not least, we’d suggest catching Gary Numan on the Sunday. Regularly lauded as one of the musicians who kicked off the whole new-wave scene with his original band, Tubeway Army, Numan has had a very healthy looking stream of hits since he started his solo career, which most notably includes Cars and Are Friends Electric.
For more details, plus photos videos & ticket information head over to the Standon Calling Festival page for the full line-up and more.
Featured photo: Daisy B Photography