Pet Shop Boys, Chaka Khan, Goldie, All Saints and Jess Glynne to headline Henley Festival

Henley Festival 2017, he UK’s most glamorous boutique festival, and winner of Headline Performance of the Year at the 2016 Festival awards, returns to its spectacular setting on the riverbank in Henley-on-Thames from 5th – 9th July 2017.


Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter Jess Glynne will open the 2017 Festival, performing her string of number one hits including “Hold My Hand” and “Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself” on the iconic floating stage on Wednesday 5th July. On the second evening of the black-tie festival, the most successful duo in UK music history, with three Brit Award wins and six Grammy nominations to their name, the Pet Shop Boys, will take to the stage with their acclaimed Super Tour show. On Friday 7th July, the Queen of Funk, international music icon and ten-time Grammy winner, Chaka Khan, will delight festival-goers with her classic Funk, Disco, Soul and Jazz, hits. While on Saturday night, Goldie, the father of UK Drum and Bass will present an orchestral version of his ground-breaking 1995 Album Timeless, performed by The Heritage Orchestra, who bring their classic reworking of one of the most influential albums of the last 20 years to Henley’s stunning riverbank. On the final night, world-conquering ‘90s girl group sensation, and one of the most successful girl bands of all time, All Saints will bring the Festival to an unforgettable close.


PizzaExpress Live will be getting things started on the Floating Stage with early-evening performances each night of the Festival. ‘King of Soul’ Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band will perform on Wednesday, while Thursday will see American pop/rock singer Vonda Shepard return to the UK following her highly successful 2015/16 tour. On Friday night, the high-energy Soul/R’n’B band featuring musicians who, between them, have performed with some of the biggest names in music: The Staxs Band will take to the stage. On Saturday night, British Jamaican R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Ruby Turner – who was recently awarded an MBE for services to music – will delight festival-goers. Finally, on Sunday evening critically acclaimed funk and soul band, Brother Strut, will take to the Floating Stage.


Returning in 2017, legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s will be making the festival its home for the full five days.  Festival goers will be treated to the full Ronnie Scott’s experience, seated at cabaret-style tables they will be able to watch performances by the stellar Ronnie Scott’s All Stars while waiters discretely serve cocktails and show-stopping food from Caper & Berry.


Enter The Bedouin Tent for a taste of global world music as well as home spun folk,Henley will be presenting up and coming  world and folk music names in the Bedouin Tent including BBC Folk Nominated Jack Pout, Congolese band Kasai Masai, French Berber Tuareg trio Ezza,  Welsh Step Band Calan, Serbian Balkan Gypsy duo Faith & Branko, European folk band Tashkezar, rising British folk star Emma Stevens and much much more.


The 2017 comedy line-up is set to be bigger and better than ever, with the likes of Andy Parsons, Seann Walsh, Sara Pascoe, Mark Dolan, Russell Kane, Matt Forde, Mitch Benn and Paul Sinha among the biggest names of the 25 comedians performing at this year’s Festival. In addition, up and coming comics including Rose Matafeo, Thinking Drinkers, John Robins, Nish Kumar, Eshaan Akbar and Kiri Pritchard Mclean will also be keeping audiences entertained.


Henley Festival’s ongoing support of independent artists and galleries will see works by some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists on display and for sale at the Festival. The Festival’s sculpture gardens will feature works including Philip Jackson’s internationally recognisable imposing and operatic bronze figures; David Ogle’s illuminated forest of light; Simon Gudgeon’s minimalist, semi-abstract forms in his signature smooth style; Dawn Conn’s whimsical sculptures inspired by fairy tales, romance and simple pleasures; and Stephen Newby’s ‘Infinity Pools’ of light.


A festival for food lovers, Henley caters for all tastes offering a huge number of restaurants and pop ups from street food to fine dining. Restaurant’s popping up at the festival will include The Spice Merchant and The Dog & Badger alongside street food from Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ club, Newquay Sushi, Snob Lobster and Champagne, Pizza Express and Awesome Crispy Squid. Henley will once again host the UK’s largest pop-up restaurant, with catering maestros The Dish serving 800 covers a night at the atmospheric Riverside Restaurant.


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