Wychwood Festival adds music, authors, green issues, and more

Songhoy Blues, Josephine and The Artizans, Pocket Club, Object, & more

published: Tue 12th May 2015

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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

Further musical additions to this year's Wychwood Music Festival which returns to Cheltenham Racecourse, in Gloucestershire happening in just a few weeks from Friday 29th until Sunday 31st May, during the summer half term holiday.

Songhoy Blues will be appearing on the main stage while Josephine and The Artizans will showcase their 'Hip-Hopera' in the Ecroticity Big Top alongside Pocket Club. Object also appear on the main stage while Quarry and Leader will perform at the Big Top and the Hobgoblin Stage.

Also announced are the bands on the University of Gloucestershire Stage, all local acts picked by the University and features Megan Timms, Dan Walton, Katie Collins, Gigi St Fallow, and Spice & The Readies on Friday, Saturday's bill has David Young, Melissa Grace, Neil Morris, Lanterns, and Spoils. Whilst on Sunday the stage hosts Joe Buckingham, Maxine Stacey, Bobby Scaife, Ben Cipolla, and All Ears Avow.

More writers are set to educate and influence on the Children's Literature Stage including authors 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). They join kids authors and illustrators, including 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.

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.

Riverford founder Guy Watson said, "I’m happy to be taking part in the ‘Green Britain Chat’ this year at Wychwood. We’ll be talking about a whole bunch of things we can do towards helping Britain be great and greener. I’ll be focusing on the Food side of things, with organically grown food being an important part of this; I can talk for ever about vegetables until someone tells me to shut up; fortunately my fellow panellists talk can about our Energy and Transport if they can get a word in; plus the importance of making space for Nature!"

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.

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), 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 Adult £47
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

eFestivals is proud to sponsor the comedy at Wychwood Music Festival, as part of our commitment to support festivals.



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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