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One of the best lineups of the festival season methinks. Interested to see what the crowd and vibes like.
Really chilled vibe and friendly crowds.
Looking forward to it this year. As with last year, lots of bands I didn't know, but upon checking them out there are loads of gems. Currently enjoying The Phantom Band and wondering why I hadn't heard them before.
I'm very excited indeed. I can't think of any other festival line-up with three more diverse headliners: American rock, French house and Cuban jazz - unreal! Looks to be an amazing good-vibe dance-party weekend, too. (Plus, the met office is being optimisitc right now - touch wood)
Anyone who has been before know how strict the 'no food' policy is?
that you couldn't bring your own food onsite. Bag searches and the like.
a bit power crazy with the most thorough searches I've ever seen - people in front of us had to take their shoes and socks off and they were completely taking out tents etc. Food was ok but they had a zero tolerance policy and alcohol. They seem to have relaxed that a little saying the odd can is fine now according to the faq on the website so presumably they've listened to people's complaints.
Anyone go last year? Was it like this?
that should have read "a zero tolerance TO alcohol" - bringing food in was fine (although we did have a young baby with us so not sure they could really have refused us). Sure you'll be ok, however I'd email them to check as they were very quick to reply to queries back then.
I really liked Standon, it's nice to go to a small festival where they make a real effort with the theme so it's not just bands in generic tents and the line-ups are always excellent. However the heavy handed and unfriendly security that year did put us off a bit, anyone know for sure if they've changed companies or at least told them to cheer up a bit?
really looking forward to it.
I've been the last couple of years and it's been great. Plus there's a Rough Trade tent this year... scares my wallet a little!
Was the security as brutal as the person above says it was in 2008?
I was on an artist pass so getting in with booze was easy (the year before they searched 'artists' as well) but I never went through the main gate so I couldn't say.
As a whole security seemed okay though, but the only issue I had the year before was the strict no booze thing and having to unpack my bag to prove I had none. Still... getting it in under the fence wasn't hard. Er... I hear.
i cant go tho.
Did everyone think then?!
I had a whale of a time. Put some words up on it on me site.