Glass previews Standon Calling

STANDON Calling returns this weekend for its 12th year, reinforcing its reputation as a festival that combines fun, intimacy, a breadth of music and performance, and importantly for most, within an hours drive of London. Tales of the Enchanted Valley is the theme for 2017 so expect a sea of folklore and fairytale-esque costumes on the Saturday parade − don’t be fooled into thinking it’s as easy as a trip to Angels − the bar is set incredibly high.

 

Day 2 Standon Calling 2016 - credit Daisy B Photgraphy41Standon Calling 2016. Photograph: Daisy B Photgrapy

Music

There’s a distinctly mature electronic feel to with the headliners Orbital of whom many will recall their Glastonbury gig 25 years ago. Marking 40 years of making and releasing music, Grace Jones has been announced as the Sunday headliner, refreshingly showing that smaller festivals can pack a punch on the artist front like the bigger ones can. Kate Tempest and Clean Bandit will undoubtedly be popular sets too. A stage takeover from Club de Fromage will be cheesy but charged so be prepared to dance until the wee hours.

Standon Calling Yoga at Standon Calling

Wellbeing

The Summer Sensorium will be welcomed to Standon’s private grounds this year, produced by Soak Ldn. Guests can book a day pass or weekend, which comes with an hour hot-tub session, access to the wellbeing area that most notably includes unlimited access to the luxury showers, saunas and needless to say, a waiter service. Massages are also on offer too. Yoga and other wellness offerings pepper the Sensorium for those wanting a more relaxed weekend.

Standon Calling Dine at Standon Calling

Restaurants

Le Bun Diner has popped up this year purveying a bottomless brunch that features truffles, waffles and plenty of smashed avocado. This sits alongside a strong choice of restaurants this year − as we would expect at Standon.

Standon Calling Camping at Standon Calling

Glass suggests

If you haven’t been lucky enough to snap up a luxury Teepee or are in your own camper-van, add the premium camping to the order  − it’s worth it  − and includes close parking, bigger pitches and most importantly access to hot showers.

Our Friday morning will be spent in Summer Sensorium followed by seeing Orbital. There are a few tickets left for the bottomless brunch at Le Bun Diner on Saturday afternoon and dancing the night away to Club de Fromage will certainly be a winner. We’ll be catching comedian John Robbins at The Lawn Stage on Sunday, followed by the cultural icon that is Grace Jones.

By Stephanie Clair

Standon Calling is on from July 27-30, 2017.

Ticket Information
Standon Calling tickets are on sale now, and are available from here

Camping Add-Ons
Lavish Lands Premium Camping start for £45
(Lavish Lands includes parking, extra spaced camping area close to the main festival arena, access to hot showers and upgraded toilet facilities)

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Stephanie Clair

Glass Online culture and arts writer

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