Standon Calling 2016

Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st July 2016
Standon House, Standon, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG11 1PR, England MAP
£147 for an adult weekend pass
daily capacity: 10000
last updated: Fri 8th Jul 2016

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The independent music festival and themed summer party, Standon Calling, returns for an 11th year in the grounds of a 16th Century Hertfordshire manor house over the weekend of Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016, with early entry and limited entertainment available on the Thursday.


Latest additions Toy, Blood Red Shoes, NZCA Lines, The Duke Spirit, Ngod, Yak, Hercules Morse, Fronteers, Animal Noise, Over The Edge, Andy Smith, Barry Ashworth, Inheaven, Maddox, Lea Lea, Kelly Oliver, Hackney Colliery Band, The Hunna, Waste, Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six, and City Shanty Band.

Suede, Jess Glynne, and Kelis head up the bill. Also confirmed appearing live are The Hives, Everything Everything, Ghostpoet, Anna Calvi, Blossoms, Thurston Moore Band, Gold Panda, Loyle Carner, Adam Green, Teleman, Swim Deep, Tiggs Da Author, Honne, Natty, The Mouse Outfit, Meilyr Jones, The Cuban Brothers, Declan McKenna, Hot 8 Brass Band, Billie Marten, Rag n Bone Man, Rationale, Clean Cut Kid, Kiko Bun, Jones, United Vibrations, PINS, Flyte, Charlie Cunningham, The Amazons, Tangerines, exmagician, Hannah Lou Clark, Seramic, Revere, Venice Trip, Peluche, Bella Figura, Nadia Nair, and Petricha.

DJ sets announced include Theo Parrish, Goldie, Dan Deacon, Luke Abbott, Joey Negro, Gold Panda, Crazy P Soundsystem, Greg Wilson, DJ Format & MC Abdominal, Dr Packer, Kid Fiesta, The Mixnots, Nixwa, London Elektricity, Fred V and Grafix, S.P.Y, Krakota, Hugh Hardie, Ownglow, and MCs Wrec, Inja, Carasel, Artwork, Purple Disco Machine, Jonjo Jury, Jonathan Bestley, and Guy Williams.

Cowshed Takeovers this year include Hospitality, and Savage Disco, and this year's micro venues include Groove Garden, Top Shed, Autumn Shift, Dog & Whistle, Real Roots, and Beefy Melons Vintage Temple of Love and Gratitude.


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The early bird offer has ended. Tickets are priced at £147, £117 for a youth weekend pass (aged 13-17 years) and £20 for a child weekend pass (4-12 years), infants (0-3 years) tickets are priced at £5.

Thursday Welcome Feast ticket add-on £20.


Standon Calling has unveiled Legend of the Lost Seas as the story for 2016. The theme will take over the festival site with interactive theatre, art installations and costumes.

Thursday Feast

For the first time ever Standon Calling will open its doors early on Thursday afternoon and evening billed as The Welcome Feast now adds even more reasons to head to Standon Calling this year. Food and drink will be available and traders will be offering smaller dishes of their signature dishes for £5 and under for hungry festival-goers that really want to take advantage of the feast. The Welcome Feast will include a Q&A with Kelis, wandering musicians playing acoustic folk and sea shanties along with Songs around the Campfire. Family activities and games are also on offer and the Hot Tubs and Piano Bar provide respite from the action for those that like to relax before the full festival proper begins.

On site

There are numerous stages and the odd unexpected stage appearing from nowhere. The festival boasts a number of bars, one of which is hewn out of an enormous oak tree, secret areas, interactive theatre, swimming pool (with underwater dance area), boutique camping (beach huts, yurts and tipis), kids area, and festival food.

Following the narrative of Standon Calling's story Legend of the Lost Seas, the festival will supply crafts for young festival-goers to make their own mermaid necklaces, tutu's, pirate hats and eye patches. Children will also have a chance to make sea monster junk puppets and sock puppets followed by puppetry role play. Standon Calling will also add more sparkle this year with body glitter, face paints, hair braids, nail art, henna, glitter tattoos and more.

Hertfordshire children authors Alice Hemming and Tamsyn Murray will read a selection of their books as well as running character development and craft workshops.

Children's singer/songwriter Nick Cope will be performing tunes from his new album, The Pirate's Breakfast. While Vegas Girls will mix old-school classics to create harmonious and unique mash ups. There will also be street dance classes hosted by School Living the Dream. Wish Upon a Party will train little mermaids and pirates a range of dances, games, balloon modelling and bubble catching.

Older children and teens can get involved in creative workshops across the weekend. They can help to create a giant junk art installation with an underwater theme, highlighting global warming and the effects of rubbish on sea life. Budding film-makers are invited to capture their festival experience and learn film production skills, with the results being screened on Sunday. Soundtracks will be put together in music production workshops and DJ classes will also be on offer.

Plus an unmissable water balloon fight, young pirates will get to walk the plank, there will be circus skills classes, a nulahula hooping show, poiromanic juggling and more.

Poseidon's Library offers respite from all the action with a voyage of discovery with a selection of books and storytelling.


Standon Calling introduces a new baby and toddler zone for 2016 offering a host of activities including baby yoga and massage, a multi-sensory rave as well as toys, games and a chill out zone.


The organisers are trying to make this festival as ethical and green as possible, recycling all and sundry and sourcing locally where possible and they are raising money for charity too.

More information will be here when available.

Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st July 2016
Standon House, Standon, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG11 1PR, England MAP
£147 for an adult weekend pass
daily capacity: 10000
last updated: Fri 8th Jul 2016

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