Exclusive: Soul II Soul will ensure Wychwood Festival keep on movin'

plus Toploader, Dreadzone, Lo'Jo, Thrill Collins, & more

published: Wed 20th Mar 2013

Soul II Soul Sound System

Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013
Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH, England MAP
£120 for the weekend, plus £20 for camping
daily capacity: 7500
last updated: Tue 28th May 2013

eFestivals can exclusively reveal Soul II Soul will be headlining the "feel good Friday" of this summer's Wychwood Festival.

Soul II Soul Sound System
Jazzie B and band will be bringing the opening night to a close with classics including 'Back to Life', and 'Keep on Movin' with Toploader confirmed to appear before them. Wychwood will also be opening the doors earlier on Friday, and will be programming the festival from early afternoon, so guests can arrive earlier in the day, chill out and get a full days entertainment. To this end the camping will open at 10am and the festival village at midday.

There are more crowd pleasing music acts announced today. Bringing the festival to a climax will be Dreadzone who will close the main stage on Sunday. Confirmed for the mainstage on Saturday afternoon is Lo'Jo, Thrill Collins return to be the house band before the comedy programme, and The Dualers will take to the main stage on Sunday.

For the Big Top Paul Ewing is added to the Saturday line-up, Sadie & the Hotheads (aka Elizabeth McGovern from Downtown Abbey) on Sunday, and The Smashing Blouse curated bill is expanded with Sivu on Sunday, and Mausion Friday.

The Pomme Stage (University of Glos Stage) will showcase local acts with Welcome To Marathon, Jake Watson, Lady Black, Nina Condron and confirmed for Friday. Saturday the stage will host Stressechoes, Andy Oliveri, Joe Summers, David Richards, and Emily Lynn; and on Sunday Swift Manouver, KSH & The Going Goods, Calum Longshaw, Tom Muddle, andLexx Keane & Rich Howie.

Wychwood have still got a number of other slots to fill plus all the comedy and the BBC Introducing.

They join acts already confirmed who are Saturday headliners The Human League, and Comic Bill Bailey headlining the festival on Sunday. Also entertaining the crowds are Lucy Rose, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Caravan Palace, Kate Nash, Craig Charles, Police Dog Hogan, The Beat, John Otway, Sam Lee, Eddie and The Hot Rods, Moulettes, Public Service Broadcasting, The Other Tribe, Polarsets, Cave Painting, The History of Apple Pie, Mt. Wolf, Dems, NewQuay Times, Emily And The Woods, Seasfire, Eliza and the Bear, Shields, Clement Marfo & the Frontline, and Lloyd Yates.

For the line-up details, day and stage splits, as available please click here.

Authors and illustrators include Caryl Hart, Jenny Smith, Petr Horacek, Chris Edge, Karen Langtree, Gemma Hastilow, Shoo Rayner, John Dougherty, Philip Ardagh and Tony de Saulles. Also at Wychwood over the weekend will be CBeebies' Mr Bloom, Talking Horses, Spot the Dog, Winnie the Witch, Kipper and other kids' favourite characters.

Also announced for Wychwood this year is the DocTent a unique space, that delves into the world of documentary film in a whole new way. Offering festival goers the chance to watch, discuss and even make compelling non-fictional films and learn the arts of capturing reality, with a program intriguing, entertaining and surprising documentaries throughout the weekend, interspersed with workshops and discussions with the filmmakers themselves.

The British Ecological Society will be celebrating its 100th birthday at Wychwood this summer. A team of enthusiastic young ecologists and students will be manning the stall 'Sex and Bugs and Rock 'n Roll', where they will offer a chance to discover the fun side of Ecology with entertaining hands-on activities for all ages, with stickers, prizes and other giveaways.

Wychwood will also see the return of the Roald Dahl Museum and the Story Centre bringing their activities along to Cheltenham to entertain festival goers.

The family-friendly, intimate and inclusive festival which offers a blend of world, roots and contemporary music, alongside comedy, workshops, and more aims to build on the success of the first eight years, and will return to Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire from Friday 31st May until Sunday 2nd June 2013.

An adult weekend tickets are priced at £120, weekend disabled (2 for 1) tickets are priced at £120, and 10-15 year old weekend tickets are priced at £55. Children aged under 9 years old can attend for free.

General camping passes (charged per person) for an adult weekend/disabled camping ticket for £20, a weekend youth/concession camping pass is priced at £10, with those aged under 16s able to camp with grown ups for free. A campervan pass is priced at £35.

Friday adult day tickets are priced at £37, a Friday youth/concession day ticket is priced at £24. Saturday adult day tickets are priced at £53, and a Saturday youth/concession day ticket is priced at £40. Whilst a Sunday adult day ticket is priced at £43, and a Sunday youth/concession day ticket is priced at £20.

A child (aged 10-15 years) day ticket is priced at £20 for any day, and a day ticket is free for kids aged under under 10 years.

To buy tickets, click here.


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

Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013
Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH, England MAP
£120 for the weekend, plus £20 for camping
daily capacity: 7500
last updated: Tue 28th May 2013


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