By Alan Davies
Sunday, March 10, 2013
BASTILLE, one of the new acts playing this summer’s Standon Calling 2013 music festival in Hertfordshire, stormed to the top of the official UK album charts this evening (Sunday).
Fronted by singer/songwriter Dan Smith, the London-based group’s debut album Bad Blood beat the likes of Stereophonics’ new release Graffiti On The Train and Dido’s Girl Who Got Away to number one.
Dan tweeted fans: “Thank you so, so much to everyone who bought “BAD BLOOD” this week. We literally cannot believe it’s number 1. Mental.”
Brit Award winner Emeli Sandi’s Our Version of Events was number two, ahead of Stereophonics, Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox and then Dido at five.
Bastille’s album success comes just a week after latest single Pompeii was kept off the top spot by Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors.
Championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, Bastille’s album features singles Pompeii and Flaws.
Bastille were last month announced for Standon Calling 2013, along with second festival headliners Band of Skulls and chart star AlunaGeorge.
They join hip-hop legends De La Soul on the line-up for the festival being held in the grounds of Standon Lordship, near Ware, from Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4.
Standon Calling has a history of booking acts before they hit the big time, with Florence + The Machine, Friendly Fires, The Maccabees, Glasvegas and Mumford & Sons among the groups to have previously played the festival.
Visit www.standon-calling.com/tickets to find out more about tickets for this year’s festival.