Standon Calling 2021 forced to cancel Sunday night of festival due to flooding

26 July 2021, 11:19 | Updated: 26 July 2021, 11:33

Standon Calling 2021 forced to cancel Sunday night due to flooding
Standon Calling 2021 was forced to cancel Sunday night due to flooding. Picture: Julian Eales/ Alamy

By Jenny Mensah

The festival, which takes place in Hertfordshire, was forced to abandon its final day caused by heavy rain and flooding.

Standon Calling was forced to cancel the final night of its 2021 instalment last week.

The festival - which takes place in the grounds of Standon Lordship, near to the beautiful village of Standon, Hertfordshire - went ahead this weekend from 22-25 July 2021.

However, the music event - which had a capacity of 15,000 and saw headliners in Bastille and Hot Chip - was hit by a storm at 5pm on the Sunday, which brought proceedings to a standstill.

By 9.20pm, the event - which was set to be closed by Primal Scream - made the decision to close the festival entirely and advised customers to try and make their way home early if possible.

Taking to their official social platforms, they wrote: "Unfortunately due to flooding we will no longer be able to proceed with the Sunday evening of the festival. If you can safely leave the site this evening please do so as soon as possible. We are working on getting everyone off site as safely and quickly as possible. Please bear with us as we are experiencing considerable delays exiting the car parks."

They added: "Please do not attempt to drive if you are intoxicated. If you are unable to leave site safely (for example if you are intoxicated, your lift cannot get to you or you can’t get to your public transport this evening) please head to the Campsite Office in the Village Green (or reception if you are in boutique or Lavish Lands) where we will be providing details on the provisions we will be making for you. In the meantime please stay as warm, hydrated and dry as possible. We will post the latest updates straight to the Campsite Office as well as on twitter and our web page."

Hertfordshire Police said it worked with organisers to get "everyone off site as safely and quickly as possible".

Alongside Primal Scream, Craig David, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and De La Soul were among the acts due to play on Sunday.

Festival-goers also reacted to the news, with one calling the sudden rainfall "Glastonbury-esque!"

As instructed, many had to leave their belongings behind in the hopes of collecting them the next day.

Shivaunne wrote: "I had to leave my car as had 3 small children with me and after 2 hours in the car park not moving I arranged to be collected instead."

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