Henley Festival 2023: Rag'n'Bone Man, Westlife and Nile Rodgers to headline
The unique 'black tie' Henley Festival has today revealed its line-up for this year’s event.
Rag'n'Bone Man, Westlife and Nile Rodgers & Chic are among the headliners on the Floating Stage.
There will also be a performance from Ministry of Sound Classical with Danny Rampling, combining a DJ set featuring the best tunes from dance music history with a 30-piece orchestra.
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Closing the Festival as part of this year’s ‘Sunday Night Sessions’ will be The Kanneh-Mason Trio and Boney M with original lead singer Liz Mitchell.
The festival - the poshest event of its kind, with a black tie dress code - takes place beside the River Thames, on the site of the town's Royal regatta, using much of the regatta's infrastructure.
In 2019 Theresa May was spotted dancing to the Abba hit Dancing Queen – her walk-on music at the Tory Party conference the previous year – as performed by tribute band Bjorn Again at the festival.
It made headlines last year when Mrs May, who was also seen chatting to Alan Titchmarsh, danced at Craig David's set on the day her successor Boris Johnson resigned.
This year's line-up features pop, world, classical, folk and jazz music alongside award-winning comedy, visual art and sculpture installations on the green banks of the Thames, and first-class gastronomy.
This year’s jazz line-up includes Robyn, Roo Savill Band, Boulevard, Palace Avenue, Sharp and TRIONIQ.
There will be a taste of global music and homespun folk in the beautiful Bedouin Tent from performers including John James Newman, Bloc off the Wall, Tom Speight, Mario Bakuna and Cinelli Brothers.
And the festival will host comedy from the likes of Marcus Brigstocke, Jo Brand, Chris McCausland and Adam Kay.
Henley Festival’s charitable initiative RISE, which creates opportunities for emerging talent to perform on a national stage, will feature Joshua Kyeot, Horse on the Beach, Jamie Cooke, Mychelle, Bee Arnold and Sassy Hammerslay.
Dish will return to the Riverside Restaurant this year, offering festival goers an outstanding fine dining experience.
There will also be a raft of pop-up bars and restaurants.
The Henley Festival Family Funday will take over the riverside on Sunday with a range of activities and performances for children of all ages.
While the programme lasts late into the night, each evening will be brought to an epic close with a jaw-dropping firework spectacular.
The Henley Festival takes place from Wednesday 5 July to Sunday 9 July.
For all ticket information visit the festival website here: www.henley-festival.co.uk
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