It’s July – and that means we’re fast approaching this year’s Standon Calling.
Held between 21st and 24th July, Standon Calling is packed with some Dork-approved talent, the festival features Loyle Carner, Sigrid, Declan McKenna, Self Esteem, The Cribs, Ezra Furman, Yard Act, Dry Cleaning, The Mysterines, Crawlers, Matt Maltese, CMAT, Lime Garden and more.
There’s also Dork’s very own Dive Bar stage, with some of the best emerging talents on the planet, including the likes of Snapped Ankles, Melt Yourself Down, NiNE8 Collective, Bob Vylan, Sad Night Dynamite, Scalping, Swim School, SIPHO, Malady, Ithaca, Mimi Barks, Nukuluk, Pongo, Kojaque, Soccer96, Nuha Ruby Ra, Art School Girlfriend, Keg and Banji.
We put together a quick pop questionnaire for the acts playing the Dive Bar, so we could all get to know a little bit more about them. Here’s what we got out of Nuha Ruby Ra.
Hello Nuha. How’s it going? What are you up to today?
Hey. It’s going very well because I’m going on an actual holiday tomorrow
It’s nice to have festivals properly back, isn’t it? What have you missed most about the whole festival experience?
It’s magic yeah, I’ve missed random hangs with people I’m not expecting to see
How do you prepare for spending summers on the road going from field to field?
Some kind of foot pillows for going in between gigs is nice. I wear boots and heels on stage. I always pack a portable speaker and essential oils in tour bag, I started taking a USB blender on the last tour, was meant to be for smoothies in a vain attempt to be healthier, but in fact it makes mean margaritas and that’s its main purpose now.
How would you rate your camping skills out of 10? Are you good at putting up a tent?
Probs I’m a 10 at making it really lush inside
What’s the biggest camping / festival disaster you’ve ever experienced? Any fun stories?
I don’t remember much at festivals
You’re playing The Dive Bar at Standon Calling this year – are you going to catch any other acts while you’re onsite?
I’m only there on Sunday cos I’m playing other festivals that weekend so I’ll see who’s around then! I’ve never seen Scalping and heard they’re good so I’ll try find them
Do you have a favourite Dive Bar?
New River Studios in London
If you were booking your own festival, which acts would you want to headline?
Einstruzende Neubauten, Nina Simone, Grinderman, Grace Jones, Connan Mockasin
Will you be entering the famous Standon Calling Dog Show?
I’ve got a cat called Cilla she’ll win hands down
What makes for a good festival set, do you think?
Festivals aside, what else are you working on at the moment?
A record that by the grace of vinyl plants will be out before 2025
Is there anything else we should know?
Nuha Ruby Ra plays Standon Calling between 21st and 24th July 2022. Tickets are on sale now.