Music to the ears of students

Wonder Woman organising her next student placement

With festival season nearly upon us it’s almost time to wash down the tent, locate your wellington boots and squeeze into your Wonder Woman costume.  Whether you will be enjoying the sounds of Stevie Wonder on the Pyramid Stage of Glastonbury or tapping your feet nostalgically to The Libertines at Leeds Festival, remember that festival season provides students with a bag full  of opportunities to immerse themselves in during the summer season.  There is also fierce competition between festivals to stand out from the crowd and many are employing some very creative PR tactics to do so.  Here are three that have caught my so far this year.

All of the  festivals below invite Student press to come along, preview and review the festivals as they all recognise the importance of student opinion and support. Student press are given the opportunity to conduct interviews with all the available headline and supporting acts.

Standon Calling PR campaign:

Standon Calling is maximising the scope of their Murder Mystery theme this year by embarking on a poster teaser campaign where clues to the murder mystery will be revealed at various locations around east London.

They are also doing a veg box scheme where people sign up for vegetable box deliveries to their home from the Standon Lordship home grown veg patch, this box will also come with little taster samples of the delicious food to be on offer at the festival as well as exclusive Standon mixes from the likes of Hot Chip.

Acts include:

Stop Making Sense

Music revellers enjoying the sun at Stop Making Sense

Described as “Three Days of musical anarchy by the sea” there are some fantastic opportunities to get involved in this very different type of festival.  Taking place in Croatia, the line up is superb and the sun is sure to be shining.

SMS are holding pre event warm up parties every month in the run up to the festival featuring some of the world class acts to be performing at the festival.

Acts include:

Kendal Calling:

Kendal Calling, deemed as ‘The Glastonbury of the North’, are offering the fantastic opportunity for independent artists to show off their creative and inventive talents by displaying their work and ideas in one of the most beautiful natural spots in the country – canvases don’t get better than this! The applications are open to anyone and the generous folks at Kendal Calling are also offering out grants for the chosen projects.
Kendal Calling are looking for a range of ideas from sculptures, interactive installations, inventive performance art to hidden gems. From the bold to the beautiful, the raucous to the refined – there are minimal restraints and no theme to adhere to, so applicants are free to run wild!

Over previous years, Kendal Calling’s site art has seen the likes of Uncle Monty’s living room from ‘Withnail and I’ recreated for festival goers to sit back and recline in; ‘Polacks Corner’, a set of white furniture painted by the festival goers throughout the festival in a Jackson Polack style; a giant UV canopy, a multi coloured UV arch, water monster, scrap metal robots and many more fantastic and flamboyant creations by independent artists that have helped to make Kendal Calling such a special and unique experience.

Applications are now open and will close on 10th May 2010, to apply please contact or go to the website to download an application form

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To find out how you can become involved please contact Anna Wade at

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