It’s been a decade since St Albans finest Friendly Fires graced Standon Calling with a scintillating headline slot. The great news is that they are back to do it all over again this year as special guests – marking a 10-year reunion for both band and festival. Here are 5 reasons why you need to catch the dance-rock provocateurs this time around:
1 – Their new material is bloody good
After years five years of silence, Friendly Fires exploded back onto the scene last year with single ‘Love like Waves’. The trio have an adept ability of being able to transport the listener to a blissed out backdrop of palm trees and pina colada’s and this cut was no different – complete with shimmering keys and an irresistible hook, it was a triumphant return to form. The same can be said about recent single ‘Heaven Let Me In’ – a full on rump shaker co-produced by electronic tastemakers Disclosure. What’s not to love?!
2 – Bangers in the back catalogue
‘Jump in the Pool’, ‘Paris’, ‘Live Those Days Tonight’ – you get the picture – Friendly Fires don’t shirk responsibility when it comes to providing some massive musical moments. The boys have amassed 710,000 listens on Spotify this month alone – and that’s down to the quality of their output. With albums like 2008’s Mercury Prize nominated self-titled release and 2011’s ‘Pala’ in the arsenal – you know you’re in for a party.
3 – Local lads
Come on, everyone loves a local hero and Friendly Fires are St Albans natives – growing up only 20 miles from Standon. The boys originally met at St Albans School and formed post hardcore band ‘First Day Back’ in their teens, before morphing into the funk behemoths that we know and love today. We’re sure that they can’t wait to get back to breathing that Herts air.
4 – It’s been a while…
As we’ve said – it’s been a decade since the band last tore up Standon Calling. Since 2011s ‘Pala’, they have pursued side projects, tried their hands at DJing and rekindled friendships. Since their comeback last year, however, Friendly Fires have been busy selling out shows across the U.K. and playing major festivals across Europe, Asia and South America – so they’re in fantastic form to bring it home at Standon Calling. Just to whet your appetite, take a look at the scenes from all those years ago .
5 – Macfarlane and those hips
This is common knowledge by now – but Ed Macfarlane might be the best dancer on the planet. The snake-hipped frontman wriggles, thrusts and slides his way through each set like a man possessed, bringing the energy in bundles. It’s a sight not to be missed.
Catch Friendly Fires at Standon Calling 2019!