Currently on its 35th series, BBC2’s later live with, Jools Holland remains the unmissable Tuesday night 10pm essential for music fans of all ages backgrounds and tastes. Coupled with its perfectly timed 11.35pm extended version on Friday nights, the show truly exists as the most visible and consistent champion of quality music on the nation’s TVs, a fifteen year institution that has become as valued a friend and resource to the artists and musician featured n the show as for the audience themselves. Like its TV counter-part, ‘Later Live 2, with Jools Continue reading →
The River Rat Pack, supported by the acclaimed Strummerville Charity, is more than just a tour. It’s a travelling circus of bands, artists, DJs, promoters, friends and anyone else that wants to join, who just want to play music to as many people as possible. Embarking from the Flowerpot venue in Camden, a grassroots celebration of noise The River Rat Pack takes its sonic boatshow along the British Waterways, Continue reading →
The line up for Standon Calling just got bigger with Friendly Fires, Freeland and Golden Silvers confirmed for this year’s ultimate space-themed festival! They join headliners Femi Kuti and Positive Force, Ladytron and Tony Christie for the most delectable festival of the Summer. Fresh from the triumphant success of their self titled album Friendly Fires are set to headline the main stage on Saturday night at Standon Calling. With the album going Silver in the UK, the band were nominated for a Best Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Awards and for ‘Best Dancefloor Filler’ at the NME Awards earlier in the year. One of the most exciting live acts around Friendly Fires are poised to release their new single ‘Jump In The Pool’’ on XL next week. Stepping straight off the plane from OZ Friendly Fires make their triumphant return to Standon and are rumoured to be releasing an all new track at the end of the summer. Not ones to rest on their laurels, organisers of Standon have also confirmed Freeland (Adam Freeland’s live incarnation) for what promises to be an unmissable epic live performance. The band have just released their new album ‘Cope’ featuring none other than Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) on drums, Twiggy Ramirez on bass, Tony Bevilaque (Distillers/Spinerette) and Joey Santiago (The Pixies) on guitar. With a huge sound and jaw dropping visuals this is a band purpose built for the festival stage.
Also appearing on this stellar line up are NME favourites and band of the moment The Golden Silvers. Having just released their debut long player ‘True Romance’ to rave reviews the Silvers will join Florence and The Machine on their sell out UK tour at the end of the month. Other new confirmations include London folk sensations Mumford and Sons, N.A.S.A, The Aliens, Tommy Sparks, The Invisible, Delphic, The Fontanas, Detroit Social Club, The Fabulous Penetrators, Pulled Apart By Horses and many more.
And elsewhere in our galaxies, we present: Intergalactic dressing up competition, Stranger Than Paradise’s CCCP Cosmonaut Training Centre, Hot air ballooning, Rockaoke, Salena Godden’s Book Club Boutique tipi, Skandalous! presents: Intergalactic Red Light District, Underwater Disco, Beach Hut Karaoke, Heritage Arts’ Heliocentre live theatre experience, Extra-terrestrial experts from CERN, Astrological Blind Date with alien Cilla and loads more to be announced.
With the site set in rolling countryside only 35 minutes from London, Standon Calling is easily accessible by train, car or coach and is the musical picnic you and your friends have been waiting for.
FULL LINE UP:
FRIENDLY FIRES | LADYTRON | FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE | TONY CHRISTIE | THE WHIP | SUN RA ARKESTRA | ED HARCOURT | EASY STAR ALL STARS | GOLDEN SILVERS | ADAM FREELAND (LIVE)| CHROME HOOF | PALOMA FAITH | MICACHU & THE SHAPES | MUMFORD AND SONS | EDDY TEMPLE-MORRIS | SON OF DAVE | NOSTALGIA 77 | THE ALIENS | TOMMY SPARKS | DAVE HASLAM | N.A.S.A | BABYHEAD | WE HAVE BAND | CASIOKIDS | THE INVISIBLE | DELPHIC | CHEW LIPS | THE FONTANAS | SELFISH CUNT | DETROIT SOCIAL CLUB | DENT MAY AND HIS MAGNIFICENT UKULELE | THE FABULOUS PENETRATORS | PULLED APART BY HORSES | JOSH WELLER | JONQUIL | MR. DAVID VINER | DELIRIUM TREMENS | FIRST AID KIT | A. HUMAN | ARK PEOPLE | THEY CAME FROM THE STARS I SAW THEM | REVERE | BANJO OR FREAKOUT | TIM TEN YEN | GABBY YOUNG & OTHER ANIMALS | FLASHGUNS | YOUR TWENTIES | HOOK & THE TWIN | LOUIS BARABAS & THE BEDLAM SIX | CITADELS | CHANCERY BLAME & THE GADJO CLUB | THE LANGLEY SISTERS | YES SIR BOSS | CAT & MAX | FIVE MINUTE POP PROMO | DISASTERADIO | LULU LAMPSHADE | DOWNTOWN WOLVES | ANNIE D
RODRIGO Y GABRIELLA – VV BROWN – THOSE DANCING DAYS – DETROIT SOCIAL CLUB – CHAIRLIFT – BAXTER DURY – BACKSTAGE SLUTS – AU REVOIR SIMONE – THE DØ – THE HOLLOWAYS – POCKETKNIFE & COUSIN COLE HAFDIS HULD – MEN AMONG ANIMALS- KING CANIBAL – ONE LITTLE PLANE …even more to follow.
As previously announced,
JARVIS COCKER – EMILIANA TORRINI – TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS – PHOENIX – EMF – EDDY TEMPLE MORRIS – EMMY THE GREAT – FIGHT LIKE APES – CARIBOU – BAXTER DURY – GOLDEN SILVERS – OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT – SLOW CLUB – TEAM WATERPOLO – DOGS – WE HAVE BAND – THE XX – CHEW LIPS – OFFICER KICKS – BICYCLE THIEVES – DJ FOOD – CASPA – COCOSUMA – DAEDELUS – DAN BLACK – DECODER – HELOISE & THE SAVOIR FAIRE – ENVELOPES – EVIL NINE – GUILDEAN GANG – KING CANNIBAL – ONE LITTLE PLANE – SLAGSMALSKLUBBEN – HOOK & THE TWIN – JONNY TAYLOR – KILLAFLAW – PHOTOMACHINE – LAIL ARAD – LE CASTLE VANIA – LITTLE FISH – MAMA’S GUN – MANO DE DIOS – THE QEMISTS – MIDIMIDIS – MOJO FILTER – PEGGY SUE AND THE PIRATES – PETER VON POEHL – YEARNER BABIES – REDLIGHT – ROSIE ODDIE AND THE ODDSQUAD – RUN TOTO RUN – SCREAMING LIGHTS – SHUTTLE – SPEECH DABELLE – STEALTH DJS – SAME TEENS – SARA SCHIRALLI – STEREO:TYPE – STILL FLYIN’ – THE JESSIE ROSE TRIP – THE MUMMERS – THUNDERHEIST – THE BOOKHOUSE BOYS – TODDLA T
This year’s festival offers unprecedented escape from the daily drudge of normality, the state of 2009’s Britain, and invites you into the world of Babylon & Eden, a joyous romp through the light and dark of your soul,
Besides the great line-up, there will be Action Camps, Art Installations, Boudoirs and many other delights, all home grown and hand picked for your visit to the Garden,
Tickets for 2009 are on sale priced at £137 + booking fee. That includes camping, parking, fun, frolics plus all the other hidden extras that usually lurk within a ticket price. Campervans however will be charged an additional £45 for the duration (they take up a lot of space). Teen tickets for 13-17 year olds will be £110 plus booking fee, and as per, under 13’s get in free, but still need a ticket, mind. All Early Bird tickets have now completely sold out.
London five-piece exlovers have announced that they will be rejoining Golden Silvers on the road for a 15-date tour of the UK in April, starting in Birmingham on 5 April and culminating in Manchester on 26 April. exlovers recently toured the UK in February with London singer-songwriter Emmy The Great and also supported Pete Doherty at his NME Awards Show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
5 April BIRMINGHAM Bar Academy
8 April STOKE Sugarmill
9 April KINGSTON New Slang
11 April OXFORD Academy
13 April LIVERPOOL Academy
15 April CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
18 April DERBY Royal
19 April SOUTHAMPTON Unit
20 April BRISTOL Cooler
21 April GLASGOW King Tuts
23 April SHEFFIELD Plug
24 April LONDON ICA
26 April MANCHESTER Roadhouse
exlovers will precede the tour by releasing a new double A-side single ‘Photobooth’ / ‘Weightless’ through Young and Lost Club – the label that launched the likes of Noah and The Whale and The Virgins – on 30 March.
Following on from the success of their debut limited single ‘Just A Silhouette’ through Chess Club Records, and produced once more by Jimmy Robertson (Florence and the Machine, Late of the Pier), ‘Photobooth’ demonstrates exlovers’ ability to interweave gentle boy-girl harmonies, jangly guitars and wistful lyrics, which all combine to create a dreamlike soundscape.
‘Weightless’ demonstrates a darker, edgier side to the band. Its sweetly sombre lyrical musings are met with lo-fi guitars, ever-developing vocal harmonies and subtle instrumental discord, reminiscent of a bittersweet Pavement.
exlovers are Pete, Laurel, Danny, Chris and Brooke.