Standon Calling festival welcomed all types of land lovers and shipmates to their Hertfordshire home for 2016. There is a reason behind my nautical wording… A ‘Legend of the Lost Seas’ theme for this year. There were hundreds of festival goers dressed as pirates, mermaids, jellyfish and so much more. Although to my disappointment my hopes to meet Aquaman never came to fruition. The site itself was a total ‘wreck’ with impressive and detailed structures of washed up vessels, wooden cabins and even an on site swimming pool.

I cannot go into with this review without mentioning the amazing variety of food on offer. From Mac ‘n’ Cheese to pie and mash, from pizzas to tacos, from vegetarian cuisine to burgers being served by the one and only ‘milkshake’ enthusiast Kelis. Yes Kelis!

Blossoms ©Kane Howie

Now for the main event…The music. There really was something for everyone. One of the acts that I was partucularly impressed with was upcoming five-piece, Blossoms. Originally from Stockport they have really made a name for themselves this year with their self-titled debut album going straight to number one in the UK album charts. Their energy and passion for their music really captured the audience’s attention with people dancing and singing along to their hit single “Charlemagne” and many more. They also made a heartfelt tribute to the recently departed Viola Beach by dedicating one of their songs to them.

Other big crowd pleasers included the ever popular, Everything Everything with their unique style and hair raising high-pitched vocals. Their set included well known densely lyrical recordings such as “Kemosabe”, “Distant Past” and “Cough Cough”.

Everything Everything ©Kane Howie

Also the adult-centred humour from The Cuban brothers was certainly not to be missed. Not only did their latin rhythms impress but their acrobatic skills and tales from their own personal experience were quite something. Their set ended with a rendition of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” which had everyone at the site on their feet.

Saturday evening ended on the main stage with the highly anticipated and very talented Jess Glynne. Infamously known for her huge number one hit “Rather Be” with Clean Bandit, she has now become something of a musical sensation of her own.

Overall Standon Calling did not disappoint. Roll on next year!

Kimberley-Anne Simmons