Wychwood Music Festival 2015

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st May 2015
Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH, England MAP
£141 for the weekend, with camping
daily capacity: 7500
last updated: Tue 12th May 2015

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Wychwood Festival is a very family-friendly, intimate and inclusive for audience and musician alike, blending world, roots and contemporary music, and encouraging new collaborations. There's also comedy, workshops, and more.

Wychwood returns to Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire from Friday 29th until Sunday 31st May in 2015.


Boney M as Friday's mainstage headlining act, Ali Campbell is Saturday's joined by fellow ex-UB40 members Astro and Mickey Virtue, and closing the festival on  Sunday is Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Plus The Proclaimers, The Undertones, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Cbeebies Superstar Justin Fletcher, Lucy Rose, Electric Swing Circus, Dreadzone, Rusty Shackle, Craig Charles, Andy Kershaw, The Wonder Stuff (acoustic), Songhoy Blues, Josephine and The Artizans, Pocket Club, Object, Mt. Wolf, The Barron Knights, Thrill Collins, Plastic Mermaids, Monsieur Doumani,Syd Arthur, Landshapes, Darlia, Zak Abel, Henry Green, Folk On, Fickle Friends, Demob Happy, Ted Zed, Black Honey, and Palace. Ghostpoet is the Smashing Blouse headliner in the Big Top on Saturday.

The confirmed comedians announced for the eFestivals sponsored comedy line-up with comperes Jon Wagstaffe, Howard Read, and Tiernan Douieb, are Michael Legge, Keith Farnan, Mitch Benn, George Rigden, Jarred Christmas, Howard Read, Jenny Collier, Sam Chaplin, Becky Brunning, George Rigden, Nick Page, Tom Allen, Michael Legge, Cerys Nelmes, Jenny Collier, Jack Heal, Chris Turner, Jay Cowle, and Jamali Maddix.

The Wychwood Music Festival boasts four music stages with over 100 bands, plus comedy, 100 workshops and events for all ages, kids literature festival, healing and sculpture gardens, The Headphone Disco until the wee hours, great food and real ales, and much more.

To see who is playing when see the Wychwood Music Festival line-up page.


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A full adult weekend ticket with camping priced at £129, a disabled (2 for 1 with carer) ticket is priced at £129, Youth/Concessions weekend tickets are priced at £104, a teen (aged 10-15 yr) full weekend ticket is priced at £62, a child aged 5-9 years ticket is priced at £22, and under 5 years olds can attend for free.

An adult camping ticket is an additional £22, concession camping tickets are priced at £11, camping for children aged under 16 years is free, and a campervan ticket is priced at £60.

Day tickets are priced as follows:

Friday Adult £42
Friday Concession £32
Sunday (10-15 years) £22
Sunday (5-9 years) £10
Sunday Under 5 years free

Saturday Adult £57
Saturday Concession £42
Sunday (10-15 years) £22
Sunday (5-9 years) £10
Sunday Under 5 years free

Sunday Concession £32
Sunday (10-15 years) £22
Sunday (5-9 years) £10
Sunday Under 5 years free

Adult day camping £10
Concession day camping £5
Under 16 day camping  free
Campervan day camping £25
Campervan day concession camping £10

Seventies theme

This year sees Wychwood Festival taking festival-goers back to a time that was both glamorous and gritty the seventies, with Punk vs Disco. On one side there were the dive bar dwelling anti-establishment anger of Sex Pistols, on the other the decadent sounds of Donna Summer and the exclusivity of Studio 54. Wychwood is inviting revellers to release their inner-anarchist or dancing queen to create a sense of Saturday Night Fever on Cheltenham Racecourse.

Kids entertainment

Wychwood offers fantastic fun for kids, and hosts a literary festival with authors and illustrators, kids' favourite characters, a multitude of making things, playing with stuff, learning, education, workshops, dance, and much more, and all free with no need to sign up, just drop in and join in the fun.

Kids Literature Festival

The Lit Fest tent returns in 2015 and will once again feature kids authors and illustrators, including Christopher Edge (Twelve Minutes to Midnight), Philip Ardagh (Eddie Dickens), Matt Brown (Compton Valance), Anna Wilson (Top Of The Pups), Steve Anthony (The Queens Hat), and Tracey Corderoy (The Grouch), Paul Stickland (10 Terrible Dinosaurs), Steve Cole (Monsters and Alien Mummies), John Dougherty (Stinkbomb and Ketchup face), Tony De Saulles (Horrible Science), Ali Sparkes (Blue Peter award winner, new book Car Jacker), Jo Cotterill and Waterstones festival illustrator Gemma Hastilow..

Green Britain Chat

Keeping up it's dedication towards all things green, Wychwood will also be holding the ‘Green Britain Chat' this year with Ecotricity's founder Dale Vince debating the importance of sustainable green energy with organic food supplier Guy Watson of Riverford. Chaired by the BBC One Show and Observer journalist Lucy Siegle the topics up for discussion include the sustainability of Energy, Transport and Food, three very important topics that will undoubtedly make for an informative and inspiring debate.


There are numerous workshop venues, and with over 100 events over the weekend both inside and out for adults, kids and families featuring dance, theatre, fitness, nature, musicianship, singing, puppetry, photography, circus skills arts and crafts and much more.

Some of the workshops have been announced for this year these include Bhangra, Bollywood and Indian fusion dance with Sohan Kailey of Aashiyana Arts and Belly Dance with Mirage and Syren. There will be ukulele workshops for all ages with Ukeholics - organisers of the UK Ukulele Festival.

There will also be musical theatre workshops with Cameo Kids and circus skills workshop with Circus Kaos and Solo Circus. Arts and crafts activities include willow weaving, papier mache tree, bugs and hats with Rachel Shilston, crochet and knitting with The Wooly Warriors, giant colouring in, painting, shaker making, collage with Emma's Crafty Kids and many more to be confirmed.

Entertaineers include Pizzas of Eight puppet show, Punch and Judy, giant bubble show with SamSam the Bubbleman, spoken word cabaret evening with Cheltenham Poetry Festival, a variety cabaret evening, Dragon's Tale show by Theatric Arts and a family magic show with Ace Of Diamonds Magic Company.

Plus out and about around the site there will be walkabout performers, clay modelling, under the canopy creations, a graffiti wall and face painting.

Additional info

Wychwood is a festival not only of music, but crammed full of other things for attendees to see and do, from comedy to cinema, and from workshops to the healing gardens, and attracts all generations to enjoy a weekend of easy festival going.

The festival is expected to continue with the same camping set up, whereby you will be able to drive up to your camping pitch, and unload your camping gear right by where you are setting up. The campsite is flat, and always in great condition. Then emptied cars must be driven off the campsite and to the car park. After the festival, you'll be able to drive back to your pitch to load up.


Here is a short eFestivals film about 2008's Wychwood festival.

Click HERE for information about all aspects of Wychwood Festival.

eFestivals is proud to sponsor the comedy at Wychwood Music Festival, as part of our commitment to support festivals - see here for more information.

More information will be here when available.

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st May 2015
Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH, England MAP
£141 for the weekend, with camping
daily capacity: 7500
last updated: Tue 12th May 2015

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