Headliners Suede, Jess Glynne and Kelis had everyone singing and swaying along for this nautical themed celebration. With incredible installations including shipwrecks and a clocktower, plus maritime characters to bring the story to life, the spirit of the sea was fully embraced. As ever with Standon, the contrast in music genres worked brilliantly and Sunday’s delights included The Thurston Moore Band on Laundry Meadows and Metalheadz founder Goldie MBE tearing apart the Big Top stage to close a brilliant weekend.
We saw Little Dragon, The Dandy Warhols and electronic duo Basement Jaxx top the bill this year. An immersive Wild West-style town featured in the site centre providing endless entertainment. A Town of Two Faces complimented the eclectic and contrasting programme offered by Day and by Night. Standon by Day saw the opportunity to relax, swim and enjoy wholesome family activities such as wagon building and the real life petting zoo. Standon by Night, provided parties galore with the Cowshed keeping revellers entertained into the wee hours with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Bondax & Friends and Sink The Pink presents Savage.
2014 brought some seriously show stopping performances from headliners Frank Turner, Public Enemy and Maximo Park. Charli XCX’s Friday afternoon show warmed us up nicely for a fantastic weekend of music (and Mexican wrestling!) As you might imagine, Public Enemy’s Chuck D got the crowd going wild with politically charged lyrics and a high energy performance for Saturday night’s headline show. Following Sunday’s effervescent headline show from Geordie art rock band Maximo Park, hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash closed an epic weekend with an unforgettable set at the Big Top stage.