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Standon Calling Festival – Sunday Review

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This weekend marked the 10th anniversary of Standon Calling Festival, so something special was needed to entertain the thousands that flocked to Lordship Manor in Hertfordshire. It’s safe to say, the party didn’t disappoint.

This years theme was ‘A Town of two faces’ and organisers built a ‘way out west’ style village which included a clock tower and themed bars. This is where most people chose to hang out and cool off with frozen cocktails!

Sunday afternoon hosted the fabulous Cuban Brothers on the main stage entertaining a good crowd with a performance that included back flips and body rolls. Their blend of funky disco and soul was just the tonic to help blow away hangover cobwebs from the night before. Other notable acts were Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Ezra Furman and main stage headliners, Basement Jaxx.

Standon Calling Main Stage

Main Stage – Photo By Gary Greenham

After a delay of over 20 minutes the dance group finally got going with well known hits Red Alert and Romeo included in the 45 minute set. The band earlier tweeted that singer Vula Malinga had sprained an ankle so would be ‘pon the throne’ tonight. It didn’t seem to affect her performance. The act finished their set with ‘Where’s Your Head At‘. The party was far from over though and continued in the Cowshed as BBC DJ Giles Peterson & Patrick Forge drew a massive crowd with their recreation of ‘Sunday at Dingwals‘ night.

Standon Calling historically would be in the ‘baby festival’ category but has now truly come of age. The boutique festival continues to innovate and improve year by year concocting a magical wonderland that you truly get lost in for the weekend. The ever improving eclectic lineup means there’s something for everyone. Happy Birthday Standon Calling!

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