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 Liz, our Lavish Lands Manager to fill us in on the best bits of her role and why she loves Standon.
Hi, I’m Liz, also known as ‘Lavish Liz’ as I look after the upgraded campsite; Lavish Lands! The role has grown over the last 6 years, from just me for a few hours a day to a team of 20, covering the campsite for 24hrs throughout the event, which I am happy to say I manage. This involves running the reception at Lavish Lands, overseeing the comfort of the guests, all the facilities in the campsite and the insanely popular buggy luggage service, taking 1000s of bags up and down ‘the big hill’ which I also run for the Boutique campers too.
It’s hard to choose the best bit about my job as there are so many! One is that I’m working with such lovely people, my team is made up of great friends from the festival circuit or friends from ‘real life’ who I’ve convinced to come and help….so I get to work and play with people I love – but if I had to choose one, the ‘best bit’ is probably the interaction with the Lavish Lands guests! There are regulars who’ve been coming for years – and I love that I’ve got to know some of them really well! When the fancy dress parade happens, a mini parade happens past the reception area, I take pics, and compliment everyone on their costume efforts as they set off to the parade … it’s like being a proud guardian!
I’ve been a festival fan for as long as I can remember. What do I love most? The relaxed vibe, making new friends-for-life-or-just-for-a-night, the dedication to creativity, nonsense and fun – and losing yourself in the wall of noise when you get down the front!
Standon Calling stands out for a lot of good reasons. The organisers take excellent care of the crew, the line-up is always just the right balance of old and new, and the site is stunning, and I love the fact there’s a different (and usually quite whacky) theme each year, but somehow the sum of all those parts just gets greater each year!