Craig David headlines the festival
CRAIG DAVID will be among the headliners at the 40th Henley Festival this summer.
Sir Tom Jones will also return to the ‘floating’ stage as part of the five-night event in July.
The script will headline opening night in a double-header with Liz Mitchell, the original lead singer of Boney M.
DJ Pete Tong will be joined by the Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley for an evening of classical electronic music.
The festival will close with an anniversary concert featuring several special guests, whose names will be announced later.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday July 6 with The Script, an Irish band made up of Danny O’Donoghue, Glen Power and Mark Sheehan.
They have had five UK number one albums and six billion streams.
Mitchell, who lives in Caversham, will perform at the Festival Club on the same evening.
Headlining Thursday night is David, the 39-year-old singer and DJ, best known for his album born to do itreleased 21 years ago and sold eight million copies.
The following night it will be the turn of Sir Tom who last performed at the festival in 2011. The Welsh superstar has released his 41st album, Surrounded by timeLast year.
Saturday night will be headlined by Tong, who will perform tracks from the album Ibiza classics.
A total of 6,400 tickets will be available for each night of the black tie event, which also features fine dining and a selection of comedy shows, art and sculpture exhibits and street theater performers eccentric.
As tradition dictates, a fireworks display will end each festive evening.
There will also be a jazz club in the Spiegel tent, where late night performers will include Henley-formed funk and soul collective Brother Strut.
Comedians who will perform include Jo Brand, Andy Parsons, Milton Jones, Russell Kane, Ivo Graham and Maisie Adam.
Luminosi Trees will line the banks of the River Thames to create a magical ‘forest’. 6ft art deco trees transform into moving patterns of light with a synchronized soundscape as the sun sets in the evening.
Tommy Gurr from Whitstable will be sharing large scale canvas artwork. Other artists to exhibit will include Arabella Ross, Biddy Hodgkinson, Holly Frean, Marcus Hodge and Rob and Nick Carter.
Catering company Dish will be offering fine dining at the festival restaurant by the river and there will also be plenty of street vendors.
The festival’s family day will return on Sunday with activities and performances for children of all ages.
Highlights include Gizmo and Carlos Airhead’s wonderful magic show with his voice-activated vacuum cleaner.
Children’s workshops will run throughout the day, with singing tips from the Henley Youth Choir and the Henley Youth Festival offering guidance to young performers. The Henley Literary Festival will organize storytelling sessions.
This year, the festival launched a new charity initiative, Rise, with the aim of nurturing the next generation of talent.
It will provide opportunities for musicians, actors and visual artists to perform. It will also host a work experience program for behind-the-scenes talent for sound engineers, lighting designers and stage managers.
Tickets go on general sale February 25.
For more information go to www.henley-festival.co.uk