Introducing The Dive Bar: Standon Calling’s new home for the best emerging artists, in association with Dork

We're heading to Hertfordshire with some of the hottest talent on the planet.

Dork is teaming up with Standon Calling to help bring a whole new stage to this summer’s festival – The Dive Bar.

Focused on the best emerging artists, we’re delighted to bring you the lowdown on who’ll you’ll be able to catch this summer.

As well as bill-toppers Snapped Ankles, Melt Yourself Down and a ‘special guest’ headliner to be announced in due course, there’s also the likes of 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. You can grab tickets here.

They join a line-up that has just become the first for a mainstream music festival to achieve gender parity by booking more than 50% female and non-binary artists across all their stages this summer.

Confirmed by industry group Keychange to be one of three events to hit the target by a pledged deadline of 2022 – alongside specialist genre events Marsden Jazz Festival and True North Music’s Americana, Country and Roots festival – festival founder and director Alex Trenchard explains: “When we signed up to Keychange back in 2018, we pledged that we would commit to ensuring 50:50 gender balance on our line up by 2022.

“At the time this felt like a huge challenge, but we’re delighted to say that we’re on track to exceed that figure with 54% of acts on our 2022 line-up identifying as female or non-binary. Our lineups are stronger and more diverse than ever. We’re delighted to be leading the way amongst the industry, showing that gender balance in festivals in 2022 is both possible and a key component of curating an exciting line-up.”

Standon Calling takes place between July 21st and 24th 2022 at Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire. Headlined by Loyle Carner, Anne-Marie, Primal Scream and Madness, it’ll also play host to Sigrid, Self Esteem, Sugababes, Sleaford Mods, Kojey Radical, The Cribs, Ezra Furman, Kelly Lee Owens, Yard Act, Dry Cleaning, ENNY, Lynks, Olivia Dean, Matt Maltese, CMAT and loads more. Tickets are on sale now.

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