By Alan Davies
Sunday, December 16, 2012
THE first headliner for Standon Calling 2013 have been announced.
American hip-hop legends De La Soul were confirmed this week as the first headliners of the eclectic three-day music festival taking place in the grounds of Standon Lordship, near Ware, from Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4.
The New York trio’s set comes nearly a quarter of a century after the release of their debut masterpiece, 3 Feet High and Rising, a record that was named Album of the Year by NME in 1989.
“We are delighted to have De La Soul headline Standon Calling,” said festival founder Alex Trenchard.
“It’s an act I’ve wanted to bring to Standon for a while.
“De La Soul is the first in a series of exciting announcements and the calibre of entertainment we have planned for 2013 is incredibly high.”
A catalogue featuring Me Myself and I, The Magic Number and Grind Date is sure to see the fields of Standon reverberating to the sound of alternative hip-hop’s godfathers.
Festival-goers can ensure their place at Standon Calling 2013 for just £85 per weekend ticket by taking up the ‘early bird’ offer.
Furthermore, by purchasing four or more tickets in one transaction, festival-goers can benefit from the ‘super early bird group discount’ and bag themselves a weekend ticket for just £79 each. To take advantage of this offer contact email@example.com
Making Standon Calling super family friendly, entry for under-13s is free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.
“We can’t think of an equivalent three-day festival out there that offers such a competitively priced weekend ticket,” added Alex Trenchard.
In order to extend the support Standon offers the local community, festival bosses are also looking to add more bands from the region to the 2013 line-up.
“We will build on the largest number of local acts that played in 2012,” said Alex Trenchard.
“Anyone looking to support this inititive should join the Standon Calling Locals Facebook group.
“We’re also going to be partnering with a third charity, still to be decided, as well as continuing our support for Phoenix Futures and Standon Over 60s Club.”
Much more than simply a music festival, Standon Calling once again promises to be a three-day party packed with interactive theatre, art installations, a swimming pool, kids area and kids’ activities, onsite nightclub and the ever-popular fancy dress.
Last year’s theme, Gods and Monsters, encouraged 13 girls to turn themselves into a giant caterpillar, which later found itself face-to-face with a 10-man strong Loch Ness monster.