Standon Calling 2014

Standon Calling 2014
Standon Lordship
SG11 1PR

Starts: Fri 1st to Sun 3rd August 2014
Tickets: Early bird tickets adult with camping from £99

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.

The 2014 theme is Lost in Latin America.

Artists booked to appear include: Frank Turner, Maximo Park, Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Clean Bandit, Peace, The Heavy, TOY, Ella Eyre, Charlie XCX, The Leisure Society, Easy Star All-Stars, The Cuban Brothers, The Other Tribe, Saint Raymond, Beans On Toast, Imperial Leisure, Amber Run, Shapeshifter, Youth, Young Fathers, Say Lou Lou, Eliza & The Bear, Thumpers, Team Me and The Bohicas

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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.
Clean toilets
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.

Camper Vans
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 after booking your luxury Tipi or Yurt to find out how. Boutique Camping must be purchased in addition to regular Weekend Tickets.

Latest News

Public Enemy to headline Standon Calling plus Grandmaster Flash & more acts added

Created on Thu 20th March 2014

Standon Calling have confirmed the final main Stage headliner as Public Enemy. The groundbreaking hip-hop group joins fellow headliners Maximo Park and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls. Also added to proceedings is another hip-hop legend in Grandmaster Flash, Shapeshifter and new talents East India Youth, Young Fathers, Say Lou Lou plus more.


Maximo Park & Frank Turner to headline Standon Calling

Created on Tue 25th February 2014

Maximo Park and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will headline Standon Calling 2014, alongside performances from Clean Bandit, Charli XCX, Ella Eyre, The Heavy, Peace, Leisure Society, TOY, The Cuban Brothers and many others, with more acts including the third headliner to be announced. 


Standon Calling super early bird tickets now on sale

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. 


By Coach

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.

By Train
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.

By Car
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.


Hotel Miles * Location Rating  
The Roebuck Hotel 4.92 Ware Average customer rating: 3 out of 6 Info
Manor of Groves Hotel 5.34 Harlow Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Mulberry House 6.65 Hertford Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Stansted Inn 6.69 Bishops Stortford Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Roydon Marina Village (Formerly Roydon Mill Estate) 6.87 Harlow Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Woodlands Lodge Inn 7.14 Bishops Stortford Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Apple Tree B&B 7.31 Hertford Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Oasis Hotel 7.45 Harlow Average customer rating: 2 out of 6 Info
The PitStop 7.48 Bishops Stortford Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
White Horse Hotel 7.84 Hertford Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Chimneys Guest House 7.90 Stansted Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Legacy Great Hallingbury Manor 7.93 Bishops Stortford Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Coltsfoot Country Retreat 7.98 Datchworth Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Greenways Lodge 8.01 Bishops Stortford Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Green Man Hotel by Good Night Inns 8.07 Old Harlow Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Swallow Churchgate Hotel 8.39 Harlow Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Best Western Roebuck Inn, Stevenage 9.05 Stevenage Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Tewin Bury Farm Hotel 9.29 Welwyn Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Down Hall Country House Hotel 9.77 Bishop's Stortford Hertfordshire Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Novotel Stevenage 9.78 Stevenage Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info

* Distances are provided for guidance and are calculated 'as the crow flies'. For directions and actual distances by road, please refer to the hotel directions tab for the particular hotel.

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