Henley Festival 2023: Dates, lineup, and how to get tickets

Around 25,000 people will descend on Henley-on-Thames for their annual festival   (Shutterstock)
Around 25,000 people will descend on Henley-on-Thames for their annual festival (Shutterstock)

The Henley Festival is a boutique black-tie music, comedy, and feasting event held annually.

Previous artists performing at Henley Festival have included Tom Jones, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Boy George, Craig David, and Jessie J, to name a few.

With a vibrant programme from pop to world music, the organisers boast it is a place where “art and gastronomy share equal billing with music”.

But who is headlining Henley Festival 2023, and what is on offer?

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What is the Henley Festival?

Henley Festival was first held in 1982 and attracts around 25,000 people each year.

Last year, the annual event made headlines after Theresa May (a resident of Henley-on-Thames) was spotted getting down to Craig David’s set on the day her successor, Boris Johnson (previously an MP for Henley), resigned as prime minister.

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The festival takes place over five days and sees a culmination of the best UK and international music and arts, delicious food, and laugh-out-loud comedy.

The festival is held at Henley on Thames every July, on the bank of the river Thames, Berkshire.

The event is often seen as the precursor to the popular Henley Royal Regatta, as tens of thousands of people descend into the town for champagne, good music, and a who’s who on the social scene.

Who’s performing and headlining at Henley Festival 2023?

Headliners, who will be performing at the event’s Floating Stage, announced for Henley Festival 2023 include Westlife, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, and Rag’n’Bone Man.

They will also be joined by Boney M, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Kanneh-Mason Trio, and Robyn, alongside Ministry of Sound Classical, featuring a DJ set of dance classics including an impressive 30-piece orchestra.

There will also be plenty of laughs on offer, with comedy provided by Jo Brand, Marcus Brigstocke, Adam Kay, and Chris McCausland.

Other venues include the Spiegel Tent & Jazz Club, and the Bedouin Tent featuring world and folk music.

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When is the Henley Festival 2023?

Henley Festival 2023 is taking place from July 5 until July 9.

How do I get tickets for the Henley Festival 2023?

Tickets can be purchased at Henley Festival 2023. General admission is from £75 (plus six per cent booking fee) per day, with lawn tickets from £60, and grandstand tickets between £70 and £160 per day.

Younger partygoers have not been forgotten either, with tickets for Playtime @ Henley Festival! £5 per child and £10 to £12 per adult, or £35 for a family ticket. Entry to the evening concert is not included.