The independent music festival and themed summer party, Standon Calling, returns to the grounds of a 16th Century Hertfordshire manor house and promises a unique chance to see some hotly tipped acts, in an intimate festival setting. The festival promises a new format for the weekend of Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd August 2014.
Latest additions are Felix Da Housecat, Greg Wilson, DJ Yoda, DJ Format, Heavy Hz, Gilles Peterson, Asadinho, Norman Jay, Kings Charles , Ibibio Sound Machine, Fat White Family, Revere, The Hackney Colliery Band, The Wave Pictures, Flyte, N-A-I-V-E-S, Maddox, and Mayans.
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Public Enemy, Maximo Park are the main stage headlining acts. Also confirmed are Grandmaster Flash, Shapeshifter, East India Youth, Young Fathers, Clean Bandit, Charli XCX, Ella Eyre, The Heavy, Toy, Peace, The Leisure Society, The Other Tribe, Saint Raymond, Imperial Leisure, Easy Star All Stars, Beans on Toast, The Cuban Brothers, Say Lou Lou, Eliza and The Bear, Thumpers, The Bohicas, and Amber Run.
There's still many more acts to be announced. For the line-up details as available, see the Standon Calling line-up page.
The early bird offer has ended. A weekend ticket is priced at £119, a child (4 - 12 years old) weekend ticket is priced at £10, and infant (0 - 3 years old) is free. All options include camping free. A campervan pass is priced at £50, and a parking space is priced at £10.
Day tickets are also available priced at £50 for Friday or Sunday, and £60 for Saturday.
The theme for 2014 has been announced as is 'Lost In Latin America'. The theme will take over the festival site with interactive theatre, art installations and costumes.
There are numerous stages and the odd unexpected stage appearing from nowhere. The festival boasts a number of bars, one of which is hewn out of an enormous oak tree, secret areas, interactive theatre, swimming pool (with underwater dance area), boutique camping (beach huts, yurts and tipis), kids area, and festival food.
Standon Calling is hoping to get festival goers dancing to the Standon samba beat, and offering a chance to ride a llama through the festival, drink tequila at the cantina or share a jug of voodoo juice with a jungle tribesman, play cards with a conquistador, eat mushrooms with a Mayan, chat up an Inca or have a coffee with a capybura.
There will also be the chance to eat latin American and taste everything from churros to chillis in their Caracas street market, enter a Mexican wrestling competition, guide a boat down their Amazonian river, explore an ancient rainforest or experience a luxurious afternoon in their lagoon.
On the Saturday afternoon the Standon Carnivale will beat its way through the festival and some festival goers will be invited to arrive to on site early and take part in flamenco dancing, float building, piñata making and voodoo ritual workshops. Workshop attendees will become our very own high priests and lead the carnival procession, which culminates in the fancy dress competition.
But when the sun sets, the ancient rainforest will come alive with jungle life, the drums will start to beat, fires will be lit and where once stood a humble cowshed, will be an Aztec temple (complete with a nightclub where you can party until 5am naturally). All over the site they’ll be different themed venues bringing to life the spirit of everything from Machu Picchu to mescal-soaked narcotraficantes.
The organisers are trying to make this festival as ethical and green as possible, recycling all and sundry and sourcing locally where possible and they are raising money for charity too.
More information will be here when available.
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