The UK's only black-tie festival - Henley Festival, which is held on the banks of the Thames at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, from Wednesday 10th until Sunday 14th July 2019 - has announced a line-up of music, comedy, top-chef food and art.
Headlining each respective night and performing on the Floating Stage are Boy George, Jessie J, Tom Odell, Bjorn Again, and for the closing night it's 'A Night At The Movies' brought to life by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Each night topped off by the traditional Henley fireworks.
The Jazz Club in the Spielgel tent has The Ben Waters Quartet on Wednesday, on Thursday it's 1920s New Orleans style from The Dime Notes, on Friday night is Si Cranstoun, it's electro-swing with Swing Zazou on Saturday, and on Sunday Hetty And The Jazzato Band, with Anglo-Italian fusion.as well as Pocket Sinfonia.
The Bedouin Tent features jazz and swing, and world and folk, with a line-up of Stables, Sarah Savoy, De fuego, Afrosamba, Bowreed, Plantec, Trio Simbora, Johnny Cash Converters, a Saturday night closing set from DJ Chris Tofu, King Cassady, Yellow Is The Colour Of The Sunshine, and Chores, plus Megson, with a daytime special family folk set as well as headlining the tent on the Sunday.
Along with the music there's a big line-up of comedy with Julian Clary, Jan Ravens, Richard Herring & Barry Cryer, Ed Byrne, Murray Lachlan Young, Andy Hamilton, Ahir Shah, Luke Kempner, Eleanor Tiernan, Steve Bugeja, Kai Samra, Geoff Norcott, Vikki Stone, Jimeoin, Sindhu Vee, Marcel Lucont, Chaponda, Craig Hill, and Bourgeois And Maurice performing over the 5 days of Henley.
For the foodies, there's Angela Hartnett running Europe's biggest field restaurant with a bespoke henley menu, plus Garden Bistro by Jimmy Garcia, Game Keeper, Halloumi Guys, BBQ Club and Snob Lobster, Hotel Chocolat, Jessecco Prosecco, Tonbo Japanese Kitchen and more.
Henley Festival showcases art work from some of Britain's artists, photographers and galleries, with artist duo Mike Blow and Alison Ballard bringing their British Arts Council backed audio visual installation Colony to the festival. Consisting of seven large spherical, sonic sculptures, the installation allow the audience to experience the physicality of sound through listening, touching, and hugging. Sculpture artists Brendon Hesmondhalgh and Laura Jane Wylder will also be providing major works that will be placed around the festival site in addition to a plethora of galleries taking part in this year's festival.
Family Sunday opens up the otherwise-adult Henley to everyone for the day, with activities and entertainers with balloon making, glitter tattoos, music lessons, comedy for kids, toddler disco, choir performances. Comedian Murray Lachlan-Young will also be bringing his special performance of Modern Cautionary Tales for Children to Henley and Turn Around Theatre will be presenting the tale of The Thief, Fox and The Phoenix at the festival.
Tickets are priced from £60 a day.
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