We had a significant response once again this year from local area talent, the entries were all listened to by a panel including TGR staff and writers who have reported on some top gigs this year for thegigreview.co.uk and know a thing or two about emerging talent.
Eventually, the team cutback the entries to a shortlist and enlisted the help of Joe Keogh, Front Man of established indie act Amber Run, to help pick ‘Waste‘ as the Festival Fresh 2014 winning artist.
Waste are a four peice that hail from stevenage. They describe themselves in their bio as “four horsemen of the apocalypse (that) have mounted their trusty steeds and are galloping towards your affections…”
The band entered track ‘Blow’ which impressed Joe, who plays Standon Calling main stage with Amber Run on Saturday 2nd August:
“I like the riff and the structure seems thought through rather than whimsical and self-indulgent. I could imagine them being quite fun live too, if the sound was looked at properly”
Tom Knights a regular reviewer for thegigreview.co.uk and was also on last year’s panel added:
“Good musicianship shows through in their track Blow. It’s well structured and has bags of energy. They’ll have to transform that to the live festival stage…I’m confident they can…”
The band will now follow in the footsteps of last year’s winners Tubries and open the festival on Friday 1st August on the Main stage alongside huge acts such as Frank Turner.
TGR Editor, Brian McHugh added:
“It’s been great to champion local talent along with Standon Calling Festival for the second year running. We wanted to steer away from the whole “Battle of the bands / Get your friends to vote” vibe which many festivals seem to adopt nowadays. We decided to keep it all about the talent and just pick a winning act from tracks they submitted online, similar to Glastonbury’s unsigned competition.”
Standon Calling has firmly established itself on the festival map throughout the years. Renowned for it’s fun alternative vibe and dedication to championing new music, Standon Calling embraced the idea of giving one lucky local act, the platform to show off their musical talents to the festival public.
Down the years they have played host to some massive acts including Florence and the Machine, Del la Soul, Bastile, Friendly Fires, Mumford and Sons, The Maccabees and Paloma Faith to name just a few.
You can buy tickets for Standon Calling here. The festival runs from August 1-3rd in Standon, Hertfordshire.