Our recent ‘Where Are They Now’ feature proved that we’ve got a knack for showcasing future stars at Standon, with Florence and the Machine, Lewis Capaldi and Mumford and Sons all gracing our grounds before they became global icons. We expect more of the same this year, with a bill jam packed full of emerging talent ready to conquer the mainstream and beyond. We’ve handpicked a few of our favourites below, be sure to catch them this June!
If you like your music fast and loud then look no further than this Aussie quartet. The pub punks, fronted by the enigmatic Amy Taylor, have built a cult following thanks to their raucous live shows, visceral subject matter and unflinching anthems. Their self titled debut album released last year scooped the ARIA Award for the best Rock Album and it’s easy to see why, with tunes like the snarling ‘Cup of Destiny’ and the helter-skelter thump of ‘’Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)’ making up the track listing.
The namesake of their 23 year old front-woman, Pip Blom have been busy charming and bamboozling audiences the world over with their hooky brand of grunge. The Dutch quintet, like all of the artists on this list, have caused quite a stir in the indie underground, releasing their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Boat’ last year on the legendary Heavenly Recordings. The incredibly infectious singles ‘Daddy Issues’ and ’Tired’ make for essential listening.
One of the most original acts to emerge from the indie underbelly, the 4 piece from Halifax aren’t afraid to merge genres and influences, as evidenced by their disco infused 2018 debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’. The band have retained their youthful exuberance and lollipop choruses on this years follow up, the aptly named ‘Disco Volador’, but they have placed more of an onus on bringing psychedelic synth patterns and pulsating baselines to the fore.
Neo-soul songstress Jessica Smyth, better known as Biig Piig, has amassed a devoted following in a remarkably short space of time, thanks to her tender vocal delivery and blissed out musical backdrop. Her Irish heritage and Spanish upbringing make for an intriguing concoction, as she sometimes uses both languages in her tracks – as heard on the beguiling single ‘Perdida’. The 22 year old is undeniably one to watch, with 2018’s ‘Big Fan of the Sesh, Vol 1’ and last years ‘A World Without Snooze, Vol 2’ doing more than enough to justify the hype.
It’s not every day that a band is handpicked by someone as influential as The Charlatans Tim Burgess to appear at a festival, but The Lathums achieved just that. The Wiganers penchant for crafting an unforgettable chorus clearly made a lasting impression on the legendary vocalist and from listening to tracks like ‘The Great Escape’ and ‘Fight On’, it’s easy to see why. Fans of The Courteeners and Reverend and the Makers step this way, as these boys could be your new favourite band.