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Three days of manor house partying

  • Mixmag staff
  • 8 August 2016

Eleven years since it started out as a private party in the grounds of a Hertfordshire manor house, Standon Calling returned bigger than ever earlier this month.

This was instantly obvious upon arrival: the campsite had expanded into the car park, boutique food stalls were more or less everywhere you looked and making your away around the site, you were treated to beautifully-crafted spaces that would play anything from party-starting drum 'n' bass to slick disco in beautifully-crafted spaces across the weekend.

Musical variety has been key for the village festival ever since it started and this year was no different. Old-timers Suede headlined the Friday night, Rudimental, Clean Bandit and Route 94 collaborator Jess Glynne took care of the main stage's final slot on Saturday and 'Milkshake' singer Kelis did the same on Sunday. The latter even had her own food stall, Le Bun, open, with her serving up for the earlybirders on Thursday.

Elsewhere, countryside ravers were treated to sets from Theo Parrish, Artwork, disco selectors Joey Negro and Greg Wilson, Gold Panda, Ghostpoet, rapper Loyle Carner and Metalheadz boss Goldie, who delivered a potent d'n'b masterclass on Sunday in The Big Top. As always, the festival's late-night mecca, The Cowshed, went through until the early morning, welcoming world-famous d'n'b party Hospitality and Savage Disco for takeovers.

It's no longer just a garden party for locals, but its boutique roots are still firmly attached. Check out the gallery above to see what went down.