The entertainment has been revealed for the rather-posh black-tie do that is Henley Festival, which is held on the banks of the Thames at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, from Wednesday 5th until Sunday 9th July 2017, culminating in a firework spectacular.
Announced for the main Floating Stage on the Wednesday are Jess Glynne, along with Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, while the Thursday has Pet Shop Boys, and Vonda Shepard. On the Friday it'll be Chaka Khan, with The Staxs Band, and on Saturday it's Goldie & The Heritage Orchestra, and soul legend Ruby Turner, and the weekend is finished off on Sunday with All Saints, and Brother Strutt.
Along with the music there's also comedy with top names on a bill that has Andy Parsons, Seann Walsh, Sara Pascoe, Mark Dolan, Russell Kane, Matt Forde, Mitch Benn, Paul Sinha, Rose Matafeo, Thinking Drinkers, John Robins, Nish Kumar, Eshan Akbar , and Kiri Pritchard Mclean.
There's visual arts with galleries and artists displaying and selling, while the festival's sculpture gardens will feature works including Philip Jackson's internationally recognisable imposing and operatic bronze figures; David Ogle's illuminated forest of light; Simon Gudgeon's minimalist, semi-abstract forms in his signature smooth style; Dawn Conn's whimsical sculptures inspired by fairy tales, romance and simple pleasures; and Stephen Newby's 'Infinity Pools' of light.
There's street food and sit-down restaurants and fine dining, including cabaret-style with entertainment from the Ronnie Scott's All Stars, street-theatre with wandering performers, the bedouin tent including local acts Lucina, Calan, Ed & Ollie Goodale, Kasai Masai, Cecil, Faith & Branko, Jack Pout, Ezza, Emma Stevens, Tashkezar, plus a silent disco on Friday and Saturday, while nightclub Heaven's sister-club Pure provides the late-night dancing.
Tickets are priced from £45, and should be on sale about now.
Henley Festival is a not for profit organisation, that supports a number of local charities as well as The Children's Society.
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