Standon Calling 2014 will be a three-day party featuring musical icons, breakthrough acts, a swimming pool, themed fancy dress, an on-site nightclub and bars that never close.
Set in the gorgeous grounds of a stately home in Hertfordshire, the festival is independent, intimate and consistently innovative.
Standon Calling is about much more than just the music and they’re keen to support interesting artists of all ilks, be they painters, sculptors, writers, actors, comedians or even chefs. A different theme takes over the event each year, reflected in the interactive theatre, art installations, set designs, and outrageous outfits their guests dream up.
They’re constantly reinventing the site and secret areas open up from midnight. The first-ever secret stage metamorphosised into a bar for a while built into a circle of horse chestnut trees, which their guests seemed particularly happy to prop up. Last year it became a DJ booth and this year? Who knows?
They’re pretty sure we’re the only UK festival to feature a swimming pool and their guests make enthusiastic use of that too. They know the people that come to Standon are special so they make an effort to make them feel appreciated. They also like to keep our fields clean and green. Aside from only working with caterers that care about their refuse, they also employ an on-site environmental army to recycle as much as possible and ensure that nothing stays on site that shouldn’t after the event.
Situated just 40 minutes away from London, 2014 promises to be their best and most innovative party yet. They’d love it if you can join them.
At Standon Calling you can expect:
The opportunity to see artists in an intimate festival setting
A swimming pool to cool off in or lounge around during the day.
A three-day party. They have an all-night licence that their guests take enthusiastic advantage of.
To discover a bunch of artists about to breakthrough.
A nightclub in a cowshed which never seems to close.
A level of individual care you won’t find at any other festival.
An incredibly friendly crowd.
A gorgeous setting.
Some truly creative costumes based upon the fancy dress theme.
Secret areas that open up at midnight.
A theme that isn’t just about the costumes. ‘Murder on the Standon Express’ will shape and influence the stages, set design, thier artists, their installations and the interactive theatre.
An array of food that is almost a line-up in itself.
Various art installations scattered around our fields.
Space to camp.
A short walk from the car park to the site.
All weekend tickets including camping (but bring your own tent). Their spacious camping fields are perfectly located in close proximity to both top-class showers and toilets and the main arena.
The Standon Calling Camper Van area is located near the camping field.
Tipis and Yurts are situated in their own Boutique Camping area with separate toilets, shower facilities and fire pits. A valet service is included and you can also choose to have them furnished with foot-warming rugs, soft sheepskins, cushions to crash out on, low tables and candle lanterns. You can even choose to kit them out with beds and bedding. Email firstname.lastname@example.org after booking your luxury Tipi or Yurt to find out how. Boutique Camping must be purchased in addition to regular Weekend Tickets.
Lineup has not yet been confirmed.
Created on Fri 9th August 2013
The festival’s most successful year to date saw performances across the spectrums of pop, indie, dance and hip-hop. Headliners Digitalism, Band Of Skulls and the legendary De La Soul crowned the mainstage, whilst the Big Top saw bill-topping turns from The Joy Formidable, DJ Yoda & Trans-Siberian Marching Band and AlunaGeorge. Elsewhere fans gathered for chart-toppers Bastille and the up-and-coming trio London Grammar. Night owls who flocked to the ‘Cowshed’ and Big Top stages in the small hours were in the safe hands of Nina Kraviz, Simian Mobile Disco, Gilles Peterson and many more.
Standon Calling has teamed up with Festival Coaches to offer a coach service from London. Go green and get on board to help reduce the impact of car traffic on the environment and local roads. Not only does the coach service drop you directly on site it takes away any worries about travelling there and being sober enough to travel back. Book £28 return tickets here. This is cheaper than taking the train and then a cab or shuttle bus.
Bishop’s Stortford or Ware are the closest stations to Standon Calling. A cab from either station takes around 15 minutes and costs between £10-15.
From Bishop’s Stortford station try:
Associated Taxis – 01279 655666
Premier taxis – 01279655444
From Ware station try:
Hertford cars – 01992509950
Fox Holes – 01992500750
There are regular Shuttle Bus to take you back to Bishop’s Stortford station that leaves the site on Monday between the hours of 10am and 1pm, You can book the £5 service in advance here.
From the A10, traffic should follow the event signage. All cars (including artists, guests and press) should take the first exit from the A10 signposted Colliers End. In the village, turn left on to Dowsetts Lane and follow the road for about a mile. When you get to the end of this road stewards will guide traffic into the parking field.
Don’t follow the road signs towards STANDON on the A120 as this will cause traffic disruption to both festival-goers and local residents. You will be turned back if you attempt this route.
PARKING: A car parking spot for the weekend costs £5. You can buy it in advance here.
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