Standon Calling 2013 review: Circus fun and so much more

PUBLISHED: 15:32 11 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:32 11 August 2013

Standon Calling 2013 main stage [Picture: Dean Jode]

Standon Calling 2013 main stage [Picture: Dean Jode]

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WELWYN Hatfield Times reporter Ewan Foskett samples the sight and sounds of Hertfordshire music festival Standon Calling 2013 for the first time.

Standon Calling 2013 main stage [Picture: PG Brunelli]Standon Calling 2013 main stage [Picture: PG Brunelli]

AS the sun set on Standon Calling 2013, the odd side of the festival began to come to light.

Clowns and drunken revellers began to pour into the arena and flood the campsite, sparking a carnival-like atmosphere.

As I wandered through the boutique festival I stumbled across strange scenes that wouldn’t have been out of place in a David Lynch film.

At one point a jester cycled past me on a piano-cum-bicycle while ravers obliviously danced to a small sound system.

Bastille in the crowd at Standon Calling 2013 [Picture: PG Brunelli]Bastille in the crowd at Standon Calling 2013 [Picture: PG Brunelli]

Unperturbed, I channelled the spirit of Victorian explorer Dr Livingstone and delved further into the campsite.

Rather than the source of the Nile, I discovered a small stage surrounded by gypsy-style tents and caravans. Unfortunately at one point in my heroic quest a harlequin on stilts wanted to pour glitter on my head – presumably to get me in the festival spirit.

Thankfully, a polite “no thank you” warned off the fool and I was free to escape to the relative sanity of the stages.

Musically Standon supplied a mix of up-and-coming artists and acts already enjoying the first flourish of fame.

The circus at Standon Calling 2013 [Picture: Dean Jode]The circus at Standon Calling 2013 [Picture: Dean Jode]

I caught Bastille’s triumphant finale, and saw Welsh three-piece The Joy Formidable hold an entire tent in the palm of their hand.

Food-fans had a treat, too. There was a wide array of stalls and beverages on offer at the cashless site in the Hertfordshire countryside – with a particularly tasty pulled pork burrito catching my eye.

As the night drew on, the party spirit intensified and I found myself busting out some of my best ‘dad dancing’ to tunes in what could best be described as a circus nightclub.

As I was driving and could not partake in a few beverages, my time at the festival was brief.

Fancy dress at Standon Calling 2013 [Picture: Dean Jode]Fancy dress at Standon Calling 2013 [Picture: Dean Jode]

But the intoxicating Glastonbury-esque vibe has already seen me pledge to camp next year.


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