Digitalism are today confirmed as the third and final headliner for Standon Calling which takes place 2nd - 4th August in Hertfordshire. Signed to ultra-hip label, Kitsun', the duo have been filling dance floors to bursting point since 2004 with their indie, electronic crossover tunes. As adept at DJ sets as they are live performance Digitalism blend the two expertly, they will be the perfect climax to a day of festival partying. Sure to deliver a much welcomed tidal wave of dreamy, euphoric rock to the festival, The Joy Formidable are the next addition. The Welsh trio have recently toured with Muse and are due to head out on a mammoth tour of the States imminently, their set at Standon Calling will no doubt see an energetic, riff-laden return to the UK.
Also joining 2013's line-up are The Music's Rob Harvey and The Streets' Mike Skinner, performing as their collaborative project The D.O.T. The duo's album combines their respective influences, twisting out an audio-cocktail dubbed by the NME as "an indie-rap-disco-pop-electronica-crossover", a mix that will have the Standon Calling crowd bouncing this summer. Speaking to 6 Music today about the need for a project after The Streets Mike Skinner said:
"Any band is kinda a bit like quicksand, it gradually dries. I had it with The Streets and [Rob] had it with The Music, it's like 'hey we can do anything we want!'. Five albums down it's like 'right you've got to write another song about breaking up with a girl', and Rob's band had to find another riff. And that'll happen to The D.O.T. but now we're in that second stage bit where we know what it is"
Further additions come in the form of Psychedelic London-based rockers Toy, and hip-hop turntablist DJ Yoda who will be joined the bonkers Balkan sounds of Trans Siberian Marching Band.
Elsewhere on the line-up Public Service Broadcasting, The Skints, Shields, Lazarus & The Plane Crash, Rotten Hill Gang, London Afrobeat Collective, Band of Buriers, Trenton & Free Radical also add to Standon Calling's kaleidoscopic offering.
Weekend tickets, currently available at the tier one price of o99 are available to order from www.standon-calling.com.
2013 theme - 'Running away from the Circus'
Fans and tickets holders can now plan their all important costume as Standon Calling reveals this year's theme. In the past the festival has seen sea monsters, zombies, greek gods and more wacky creations dance across the fields. 2013 calls for interpretations on the theme 'Running Away From the Circus'.
For the first time ever, the festival will house an actual on-site circus with The Standon Calling Big Top showcasing live circus acts by day and a fantastic array of bands and DJs by night. Everywhere festival-goers venture they'll stumble upon pockets of performance, themed sideshows and secret areas.
Festival-goers can actually become part of the circus and perform at Standon Calling in front of friends, family and fellow festival-goers. The art of illusion, clowning, fire juggling, slack rope walking and even violin playing whilst stilt walking will all be possible. Further details on ticket prices including two days of circus training and workshops are to be revealed soon.
During the day people can enjoy a drink in the on-site pub, The Strongman's Arms, which will host sessions including the Science of Building a Human Pyramid, the Art of Whipping, Conquer Your Fear of Clowns, Art Macabre Life Drawing and a Circus Smell Safari.
Late at night the Forest of Freaks will be the place to be. Here the dark underbelly of the circus is revealed as the lunatics that entertain during the day let their collective hair down, indulge in their dreams and offer a variety of nocturnal entertainment.
Line up do far...
De La Soul
Band of Skulls
The Joy Formidable
Gentlemen's Dub Club
DJ Yoda feat. Trans Siberian Marching Band
Public Service Broadcasting
Lazarus & The Plane
Rotten Hill Gang
London Afrobeat Collective
Band of Buriers
New Groove Formation