Standon Calling 2016 festival announces its biggest ever family programme

PUBLISHED: 18:14 27 March 2016 | UPDATED: 18:22 27 March 2016

Standon Calling 2015

Standon Calling 2015


Organisers of Standon Calling 2016 have announced the Hertfordshire music festival’s most extensive family programme yet, featuring something for all ages.

Standon Calling 2016 line-upStandon Calling 2016 line-up

A raft of marquee names – including main stage headliners Suede, Kelis and Jess Glynne – have already been announced for the family friendly festival.

But Standon Calling, which takes place in the Hertfordshire countryside from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31, is not just about the music.

Organisers are keen to stress that Standon has a much wider brief, with a packed programme of workshops and activities based around this year’s theme of ‘Legends of the Lost Seas’.

The schedule includes a myriad of exciting workshops and activities, new areas, themed crafts, storytelling, film-making, DJ workshops and more.

Promoters are promising everything from baby multi-sensory raves and yoga, to sea monster puppet shows and street dance classes.

Returning to the Standon Lordship site will be the famous costume parade, kids-only trapeze, family swim sessions in the festival’s very own heated pool, plus dedicated family camping on sale in advance for the first time.

Teenagers have a variety of production workshops to choose from, including a chance to capture their favourite Standon moments in film-making classes.

Hertfordshire children’s authors Alice Hemming and Tamsyn Murray will be climbing on board to read a selection of their books as well as running character development and craft workshops.

Hertfordshire author Tamsyn Murray will feature in the family programme at music festival Standon CallingHertfordshire author Tamsyn Murray will feature in the family programme at music festival Standon Calling

There’s also music for youngsters, with internationally renowned children’s singer/songwriter Nick Cope performing tunes from his new album The Pirate’s Breakfast.

The Vegas Girls will be putting on an exciting show, mixing old school classics to create harmonious and unique mash-ups.

Standon Calling welcomes street dance classes hosted by award-winning performing arts 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 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 the Sunday.

Soundtracks will be put together in music production workshops, and DJ classes will also be on offer.

Jess Glynne is looking forward to appearing at Standon CallingJess Glynne is looking forward to appearing at Standon Calling

There will also be water balloon fights, young pirates will get to walk the plank, plus there will be circus skills classes, a Nula Hula hooping show, juggling and more.

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

Following the narrative of Standon Calling’s story Legend of the Lost Seas, the festival will supply the best crafts around for young festival-goers to make their own mermaid necklaces, tutus, 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.

On stage, a stellar line-up of musical talent will include pioneering Britpop indie-rockers Suede, chart-topping singer Jess Glynne, Milkshake star Kelis, Swedish rockers The Hives and Mercury Music Prize nominees Everything Everything.

Tier 2 adult weekend tickets for Standon Calling are on sale from £137 plus booking fees.

Children’s tickets range from £107 for ages 13 to 17, £20 for ages four to 12, and £5 for children under three.

* For more on Standon Calling and to buy tickets, visit the festival’s website at


* Live:

Suede / Jess Glynne / Kelis.

The Hives / Everything Everything / Ghostpoet / Anna Calvi / Blossoms / The Thurston Moore Group.

Swim Deep / Gold Panda / Loyle Carner / Adam Green / Teleman / Tiggs Da Author / Honne / Natty / Rationale / Hot 8 Brass Band / The Mouse Outfit / Billie Marten / The Cuban Brothers / Declan McKenna / Meilyr Jones / Rag’n’bone Man / Clean Cut Kid / Kiko Bun / Jones / United Vibrations / Revere / Pins / Flyte / Charlie Cunningham / The Amazons / Tangerines / Exmagician / Hannah Lou Clark / Seramic / Maddox / Venice Trip / Peluche / Bella Figura / Nadia Nair / Patricia.

* Electronic Line-up:

Theo Parrish / GOLDIE MBE / Joey Negro / Luke Abbott.

* Cowshed Takeovers

Hospitality / Savage Disco.

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