The first acts, activities and workshops have been revealed for next year's Wychwood Festival, which returns for its 15th year to Cheltenham Racecourse, in Gloucestershire from Friday 31st May until Sunday 2nd June 2019, during the summer half-term holiday.
The first of the headliners, for the Friday, will be Scouting For Girls, who are joined on the Main Stage that day by T'Pau, and the returning Wychwood institution Thrill Collins, while on Saturday there'll be Derek Tinkleberry, Donald Cornfoot and Edmund Sidebottam, otherwise known as Folk On, and on Sunday back by popular demand is Toyah with a full band, along with Tankus the Henge. The Saturday and Sunday headliners are still to be announced, along with much more for the weekend.
On other stages over the weekend there's also John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett on the Hobgoblin Stage on Sunday, while on the new Dance Stage there's 6 times world snooker champion Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi on Saturday, Count Skylarkin on Sunday with a mix of reggae, ska, rhythm & blues, soul and dancehall, and Happy Mondays dancer Bez with fun and 90s nostalgia from old Indie classics through to Hacienda house at some point over the weekend.
With workshops, there's the return of indie-surrealist kids' entertainer Nick Cope, former front man of The Candyskins in the 1990s. There's ChiChi Fit - a brand new, musical theatre inspired, dance fitness programme designed to suit everyone. Mr Dilly’s World Of Wonder is part story, part comedy, part improv. Jo Porter’s Kitchen Dancing is disco dancing to themed music from the past decades - soul, disco, rock, dance, pop, musicals and fun dance crazes. There's juggler Ben Cornish with his family show, full of technical skill and comic business. Plus Wychwood's usual eclectic array of dance classes, yoga, meditation, singing, storytelling, silly sports, drumming, parachute games, arts and crafts, technology area, face painting, a family ceilidh and the parade!
New to 2019, there's Aardman Model Making Workshops, with the makers of Wallace and Gromit giving you the chance to learn how to make your very own classic character in their hands-on clay modelling workshops. Led by one of their expert model makers, you’ll also get the opportunity to ask questions about the tricks of the trade from the Aardman studio.
Tickets are on sale, currently priced at £125 for an adult including camping, £100 for youths (16-17) & concessions, £60 for a 10-15 yr old. Those aged 5-9 are £15. Those aged 0-4 are free (but need ticket).
A campervan/caravan pass is £50.
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