Standon Calling festival’s Pledge Music crowd funding campaign for a Thursday night party

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:00 04 May 2015

Standon Calling 2014 festival [Picture: Standon Calling]

Standon Calling 2014 festival [Picture: Standon Calling]

Standon Calling

A popular Hertfordshire music festival has launched a crowd funding appeal to pay for an extra day at this summer’s 10th birthday extravaganza.

"We plan to make Thursday night a birthday knees up for Standon’s biggest fans and their friends and families."

Standon Calling founder Alex Trenchard

Standon Calling 2015 takes place near Ware in the Hertfordshire countryside from Friday, July 30 to Sunday, August 2.

The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer, having grown over the years from a private party in the spacious grounds of 16th century manor house Standon Lordship to an established boutique festival attracting thousands of fans.

Little Dragon, The Dandy Warhols and Basement Jaxx will headline the main stage over the three nights this year, with The Magic Numbers, Roots Manuva, Hercules & Love Affair, Ella Eyre, Kwabs and Slaves also on the bill.

Following calls from Standon Calling supporters to open the festival a day earlier, organisers have launched a Pledge Music crowd funded campaign to host an intimate Thursday night opener before the full weekend shenanigans begin.

Standon Calling 2014 festival [Picture: Standon Calling]Standon Calling 2014 festival [Picture: Standon Calling]

For a pledge of just £20, the festival’s biggest fans, friends and families who already have a weekend ticket can receive an extra ticket for the Thursday, allowing them to avoid the Friday queues, have first dibs on where to pitch their tent and meet the Standon family.

The Thursday night will hark back to the early Standon Calling days with an exclusive 10th anniversary celebration featuring secret acoustic acts, campfire sing-a-longs, a free drink to toast the weekend ahead and plenty of Standon nostalgia.

With very limited tickets available, Standon Calling’s Thursday night 10th birthday party will be an intimate affair before the action kicks off for real on the Friday.

There will be no big acts or DJs, just a back to basics gathering that will mirror the early days of the festival featuring acoustic performances.

Standon Calling 2014 festival [Picture: Standon Calling]Standon Calling 2014 festival [Picture: Standon Calling]

The crowd funded campaign is open until May 15 and, if successful, everyone who supports the campaign will receive:

* A warm welcome to Standon’s 10th birthday party.

* A campfire celebration just like when it all started.

* A free first drink on festival founder and director Alex Trenchard.

Standon Calling 2014 festival [Picture: Standon Calling]Standon Calling 2014 festival [Picture: Standon Calling]

* ‘Friend of Standon’ status with a number of benefits including access to ‘The Friends Of Standon’ bar.

* A ‘Friend Of Standon’ badge to recognise the support.

* The chance to watch secret acts that evening.

To find out more, visit Standon Calling’s Pledge Music website.

Festival founder Alex Trenchard explained: “Every year we start to receive an increasing number of emails about whether we will be opening on Thursday ‘like you used to do’.

“To me it’s a no-brainer: no Friday queueing – first dibs on where to pitch your tent – a chance to meet family, team, farmers and friends – settle in early etc.

“With this in mind, we plan to make Thursday night a birthday knees up for Standon’s biggest fans and their friends and families.

“Nothing fancy. No big acts. Just for the love of getting everyone together before it all kicks off. We hope you will join us.”

* Tier 2 weekend tickets for Standon Calling 2015 are on sale from £127 from www.standon-calling.com


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