Dear Standoners,

We’ve been waiting a long, long time to say this – but we can confirm today that Standon Calling 2021 will be going ahead this year between July 22nd-25th 2021.

There have been a number of factors that have brought us to this point which we would like to share with you. 

  • Today in his statement in the House of Commons the new Secretary of State for Health & Social Care echoed the Prime Minister’s confidence earlier in the day that July 19th will be the “end of the line” for Covid restrictions
  • Last week the Government published the results from Phase 1 of its Event Research Programme (ERP). There were no substantial outbreaks at these events and the results reiterated that there is categorically a lower risk of transmission in outdoor spaces
  • A negative pre-event Covid lateral flow test will be a prerequisite for attending Standon Calling 2021. This follows similar processes seen at the Government’s test events
  • For the past four months we have been working with colleagues at Certific (a leading Covid testing high level verification app) and Imperial College London in the development of a Covid transmission risk assessment system that has been positively received by our Local Public Health Authority. We are looking forward to sharing full details with ticket holders over the coming weeks

Whilst we await formal Government guidance on Covid Safety Protocols we are ready to adapt and implement any further guidance or regulations that emerge before the festival. The lack of clear and timely guidance and the absence of Government backed insurance has been a challenge not only to ourselves but to the entire festival industry. Now is the time for Government to go beyond words of confidence and finally step forward with the long called for Government backed insurance for the festival sector.

As an independent festival delivering one of the first shows of the season without ERP status, we would not be in this strong position to proceed with the show without all of your support. A heartfelt thank you goes out to our audience, those who supported us in rolling over their 2020 tickets, new 2021 ticket holders, the Crowdfunder supporters, the Cultural Recovery Fund, the local community, staff, suppliers and artists for getting us to this point today. 

We can’t wait to welcome you all in less than a month’s time. Our final line up announcement is coming tomorrow.

Alex and the Standon Calling team x

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