On Friday members of the Shopcade team went to Standon Calling, a Hertfordshire based festival. With musicians such as Suede, Jess Glynne, Kelis and The Hives playing it was certain to be a success.
The boutique vibe, family friendly atmosphere and eclectic line up all created an utterly charming festival!
We spent the day watching artists such as Declan McKenna, Flyte, Hannah Lou Clark and the Tangerines. The latter of which we managed to nab as they came off stage for a chit chat. They performed their new single Long Way Home which had only become available the previous day. It's a mixture of classic rock & roll melodies with a slight nod to country acoustics. The Peckham based bunch are clearly politicised, with the cover of this song featuring Michael Gove; amongst all the political turbulence this summer this song is exactly what we needed to lift our spirits.
Want to find out more about the band? Well we shot some quick fire questions at them...
What would your ideal festival line up be?
All: We'll pick one each. Talking Heads, Wreckless Eric, Wilko Johnson and Cream
What were your favourite bands as teens, that bring back some nostalgia?
Gareth: Modest mouse really, I've gone a really different direction with what I'm doing now but it really hit me in my heart when I was younger
Isaac: Bloc Party was when I just started playing drums
Miles: The Sonics
Your new single, Long Way Home, what was the inspiration behind it?
Gareth: I don't really know, I was listening to a lot of Julee Cruise, from the soundtrack of Twin Peaks, a lot of those lyrics influenced the song but not the sound
Miles: It's a classic rock & roll, soulful, blues song but then you have these chords that are more country.
What are your festival essential?
Gareth: baked beans, a tent probably helps, a cafetiere. Coffee is important, but not the way Ricky makes it.
Ricky: Yeah. That was strong.
What's your funniest on stage moment?
Gareth: Probably at Dalston Victoria when my leg got wrapped around a lead, that was my funniest moment.
Miles: I guess every time I break a string on stage.
Gareth: Yeah, that's hilarious, isn't it...
Any plans for the upcoming year?
Gareth: Trying to get an album out, we're almost finished just waiting for it to be mixed. South Sea festival is coming up, then our tour in September. It's just nice to get out of London, and breathe.
What are your favourite and least favourite things about British festivals?
That's just Britain in General
Miles: The rider is usually sh*t
Ricky: Everyone's in a great mood at festivals. The rain is my least favourite and favourite thing.
Gareth: Sweat is a good thing. Spitting on stage, you should try it.
Miles: why aren't there many more rock & roll bands in Britain? There should be more, so please form bands people!
Check out the gallery above for our favourite street style snaps from the day, and below shop our festival themed Edit...
Photo Credit: Pinterst
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