Pulp star Jarvis Cocker has been added to the line-up appearing at Standon Calling this summer.


Jarvis Cocker leads the new musical names announced for the Hertfordshire festival, which takes place at Standon Lordship from Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, July 29.

He will be bringing a very special DJ set to the festival east of Stevenage.

From his time commanding the stage in Pulp, to his solo detours and beloved 6Music show, Jarvis is a name synonymous with unstoppable entertainment.

One of the most influential and ground-breaking frontmen and songwriters of his time, his appearance on the decks at Standon Calling this summer is bound to be a must-see moment.

The Comet: Standon Calling 2018 line-upStandon Calling 2018 line-up (Image: Standon Calling)

Now in its 13th year, the festival will feature main stage headline sets by Paloma Faith, Hertford’s George Ezra, and Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry, along with performances from the likes of Goldfrapp, The Horrors, Django Django, Tokio Myers and Maribou State.

Joining today’s new announcements is revered electronic maestro Matthew Dear, bringing his live show to the Standon fields, along with an array of exciting new talent including Artificial Pleasure, Bakar, Easy Life, Lily Moore and loads more.

After last year’s storming and packed out stage, BBC Introducing returns with its biggest line-up to date with hotly tipped new music from across the Three Counties and Essex.

Topping the bill is the punchy garage-rock hooks of Ten Tonnes.


Taking to the stage on the same day as his brother George Ezra headlines the main stage, expect it to be a special moment that points to a songwriter set to be the soundtrack for the year ahead.

Also set to play the BBC Introducing stage are Folly Rae, the stirring Declan J Donovan, the infectious indie grooves of Blushes, sizzling upstarts The Scruff, Standon favourite Jack Cullen and electro mover Rocky NTI.

There will also be appearances from Malika, Holiday Oscar, Tabou and Emma McGrath, and a very special secret headliner to be revealed.

Building on the sensational programme of entertainment spanning the stunning Lordship site, unique areas to explore have become a hallmark of Standon Calling – and 2018’s festival will be no different.


Long-time favourites of the festival and renowned party-starters The Great Brain Robbery return to Standon Calling with their greatest party yet – Tech Noir.

Looking at 2018 through the eyes of 1984, Tech Noir is an apocalyptic, neon-soaked, late-night sonic getaway.

Featuring sets from the likes of alt-pop gems Artificial Pleasure and the punch Findlay amongst others, it will run right through to 3am with spinning DJs and much more.

The home of all things funk/soul/disco/house at Standon for the last 10 years, Groove Garden has seen a range of famous faces roll through to keep the party going, all curated by Kid Fiesta.

The Comet: Standon Calling 2017. Picture: Giles SmithStandon Calling 2017. Picture: Giles Smith (Image: Giles Smith - www.gilosco.pe)

Expanding from its usual home this year into a new futuristic dome, the likes of The Nextmen, The Reflex, Dr Packer and more will all be taking to the decks for the perfect summer soundtrack – grooves guaranteed!

Standon Calling organisers have always dreamed big, but kept that large village fete vibe – and this year they are going one better with The Standon Calling Playing Fields.

With games and activities at every turn, festival-goers can jump into the likes of Lord Trenchard’s Cricket Tournament, Binocular Football, Sock Wrestling and much more.

Also, as the new home to the revered Standon Calling Dog Show, expect the fields to be barking big time.

The Comet: The BBC Introducing Stage line-up has been announced for Standon Calling 2018 - with a top secret headline set to be confirmedThe BBC Introducing Stage line-up has been announced for Standon Calling 2018 - with a top secret headline set to be confirmed (Image: Standon Calling)

Another new venue for 2018 is the Vinyl Frontier.

This will be the ultimate living room for festival-goers to sit back and relax, with the vinyl decks spinning for campers to bring their own vinyl to soundtrack the space.

With special guests taking to the decks throughout the weekend, the Vinyl Frontier is a step into the future drenched in the glory of the past.

As well as the varied musical offering, family fun at Standon Calling comes from Horrible Histories Live and Andy Day & The Odd Socks, while there will be award-winning comedy from Lucy Porter, Seann Walsh and Kerry Godliman.

The Comet: Kid Fiesta's Groove Garden at Standon Calling 2018Kid Fiesta's Groove Garden at Standon Calling 2018 (Image: Standon Calling)

Standon Calling is also the biggest dog-friendly festival in the UK.

You can also enjoy a mouth-watering array of stellar food and drink from London’s very best street food favourites, take a dip in the heated swimming pool, relax in the hot tubs or take part in a whole range of wellbeing classes and workshops.

Tier 5 tickets for the festival are on sale now, with early-bird tickets to Tier 4 tickets selling out.

• Tickets can be purchased at http://www.standon-calling.com/tickets

The Comet: The Great Brain Robbery presents Tech Noir at Standon Calling 2018The Great Brain Robbery presents Tech Noir at Standon Calling 2018 (Image: Standon Calling)

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The Comet: Standon Calling 2017 main stage. Picture: Justine TrickettStandon Calling 2017 main stage. Picture: Justine Trickett (Image: Copyright Justine Trickett)