“The sun machine is coming down, and we’re gonna have a party.” sang David Bowie in Memory of a Free Festival. It looks like the party is about to start with Standon Calling, “A delightful boutique festival with an ear for talent” as The Observer nicknamed.
Set in the grounds of a 16th century home in the Hertfordshire countryside, the festival takes place between 29th July- 31st July 2016. And apparently the Prime Meridian passes to the west of Standon.
In 2015 Standon Calling celebrated its 10th anniversary but despite expanding, the festival retains its commitment to championing new artists and its intimate vibe. Florence and the Machine, and De La Soul played Standon before enjoying international fame today. “This still small festival offers a cherry mix of good music” is how The Independent recently described it.
Standon Calling boasts a cool, family-friendly yet sometimes eccentric atmosphere that it has upheld since it first began as a birthday party ten years ago. Twenty-five friends, a swimming pool, a set of decks and a birthday BBQ is that was needed at the time to start the party.
The line up this year is as strong as ever and certainly doesn’t disappoint with Kelis, Suede, Anna Calvi, Jess Glynne, Goldie, The Hives, Everything Everything, The Thurston Moore Group, Adam Green, Theo Parrish and many more (precise line up per day follows below).
The Festival have brought onboard some of the best food traders from the country with the likes of Le Bun, Club Mexicana, Cheeky Italian as well as its very own pop up restaurant Ceru. Will Kelis be cooking something too? Who knows.
2016 will also see Standon Calling’s biggest family programme to date with a myriad of workshops and activities including Baby Yoga, Street Dance, Trapze, Family Swim sessions, DJ Classes, Yoga. A fantastic offer is also available for the little ones with multi-sensory mini raves, storytelling, toys and games, chill-out zone, change and feed facilities. All fun, safe, easy and very fun! Singer, songwriter and storyteller Nick Cope will entertain kids.
Standon Calling kicks off a day early this year with the “The Welcome Feast”, a sneak peak of what’s coming over the weekend along with especially curated dishes, a Piano Bar, Wandering Musicians, Songs by the Campfire, Games and Family Activities.
Whether you‘re pitching your own tent, glamping-it-up, bringing your beloved campervan or want to make sure your little ones have the best time, several camping options, sometimes very fancy, are available.
Londoners, get your bags ready and book your tickets!