Standon Calling 2018: Akala, Gaz Coombes, Nina Nesbitt, Gengahr and Hak Baker added to lineup

Read a Q&A with Gengahr ahead of their performance at the festival in Hertfordshire

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
@Roisin_OConnor
Tuesday 06 March 2018 09:00
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Standon Calling has added a wealth of new names to its already-stellar lineup for 2018.

The summer festival previously announced that the likes of Bryan Ferry, George Ezra, The Horrors, Django Django, Little Simz, The Amazons, Shame and Dream Wife would perform at the event in July.

In a new announcement, organisers have revealed that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Gaz Coombes, Akala, Gengahr, Jade Bird and Hak Baker will also take part, along with comedy acts such as Seann Walsh, Lucy Porter, Kerry Godliman and Spencer Jones.

Founder and festival director Alex Trenchard said of the new additions: "Standon Calling is a non-stop four day music festival experience in the fullest sense.

"From day to night, from the guitars of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to the nostalgia of Morcheeba's 90s electronica, from the psychedelia of a rare Acid Mothers Temple performance to dancing into the small hours with 2ManyDJs and the new George FitzGerald live show - Standon Calling 2018 will be about discovering new music, pairing the unexpected and the joys of a diverse and truly original festival experience."

The Independent caught up with Gengahr to see what the London-based indie rock band are looking forward to this year.

What are you guys listening to at the moment?

At the moment I am really into The Shacks. They're s great 3 piece from New York and their debut album is dropping at the end of March, so looking forward to that.

Also really into William Onyeabor's album Crashes in Love. I had heard some of his more popular stuff before but I stumbled across this record and it really blew me away.

Tell us a few other bands/artists people should look out for on the Standon Calling lineup

I saw Little Simz a while ago in a small club in hackney. She was really impressive and I'm looking forward to seeing how she's progressed since then. And it goes without saying it would be amazing to catch the man, the legend, Bryan Ferry.

What was the first gig you ever played and what’s been the best so far?

The first ever gig was with Danny and Felix in a small Turkish cafe when we were about 13. It was one of our first incarnations and I think Danny's dad filmed it so we've got to dig that out one day! Best gig has got to be our last home town headline show at the Scala, it was our biggest show to date and quite an experience.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

For the rest of the year were touring our new album Where Wildness Grows and then hitting up some amazing festivals during the summer.

What’s your best festival memory?

It has got to be playing Splendor in the Grass in Australia a couple of years ago. It was our first time over there so the fact lots of people showed up to watch our set was pretty stunning, let alone sing along!

Standon Calling 2018 takes place in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside from 26 - 29 July - tickets are on sale now

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