We’re turning the lens on some of the brilliant and highly-skilled professionals behind the scenes at Standon Calling festival.
Turning a festival dream into a reality each year, you simply wouldn’t have the festival you know and love without them.
We’ve asked Frankie, our Artist Liaison Manager to give us an insight into the mysterious world of backstage.
I’m Frankie, the Artist Liaison Manager at Standon Calling. I have the lovely role of working with all the talent you see on a line up and ensuring they have all their requirements backstage. With an excellent team of Standon veterans and volunteers we are responsible for the talents welfare whilst on-site and ensuring everyone is where they need to be at the right times. Our team will be the first and last people that visiting performers will see on-site so we work hard to make good impressions and create a welcoming Standon feel to ensure the festival can keep attracting incredible line ups for everyone to enjoy.
I genuinely enjoy providing good service and making people happy. We’ve had artists in tears not wanting to leave, thank you cards sent in the post and speeches given to the whole team, it’s such a good feeling knowing you have made someone’s experience so great. I also really enjoy working with volunteers and then watching their careers grow and take off. I’m really passionate about being able to give people work opportunities to try something different and am fortunate enough to have a job that allows me to do that.
Hands down the people. I’m pretty sure that is the most common answer when you ask anyone in the festival industry why they do it. Whether it’s the tour & production managers that you follow from gig to gig, your team that become your family for an intense week together on-site, suppliers that you miss during the winter months or the public and crowds cheering. That’s what I’ve missed most during a year of no festivals, cheering and smiling faces. It’s also a pretty cool way to discover new talent and music that I otherwise might not have listened to.
It’s hard to put into words the exact feeling that Standon brings, but once you’ve experienced it, you’re hooked. It’s no surprise that so many tickets go to returning public each year. It is the most warm, welcoming festival I have been to. There’s not a single person I know who wouldn’t enjoy Standon. Whilst the festival keeps growing and growing, it maintains a very warm atmosphere that’s safe to bring families but also fun to come with a group of friends. The variation of food for a non-specific food festival is incredible. My favourite part of Standon is each years ‘story’ where people come dressed up, it allows the festival to have some differences each year so there’s always something new to experience.