Henley Festival, the UK’s most glamorous boutique festival and winner of Headline Performance of The Year at the 2016 Festival Awards, is returning to its spectacular setting on the riverbank in Henley-on-Thames from 5th – 9th July 2017.
The Floating Stage
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. The second evening of the Festival sees The Pet Shop Boys, the most successful duo in UK music history with three Brit Award wins and six Grammy nominations to their name, 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 hits. On Sunday 9th July, the final night, world-conquering ‘90s girl group and one of the most successful girl bands of all time, All Saints will bring the Festival to an unforgettable close, but not before a stunning set by former Spice Girl Melanie C, taking to the stage with songs old and new.
A Stellar Line-Up of Stand-Up Comedy
The comedy line-up this year is set to be bigger and better than ever, with the likes of Andy Parsons, Seann Walsh, Sara Pascoe, Joel Dommett, Mark Dolan, Russell Kane and Matt Forde will be keeping audiences entertained. The comedy line up will also include a very special performance by Angus Deayton and the original cast of 1980s classic sketch show Radio Active.
A Varied Array of Visual Arts
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 David Ogle’s illuminated forest of light; Dawn Conn’s whimsical sculptures inspired by fairy-tales, romance and simple pleasures; and Stephen Newby’s “Infinity Pools” of light.
A Festival For Foodies
A festival for food lovers, Henley Festival caters for all tastes, offering a huge number of restaurants and pop-ups from street food to fine dining. Restaurants popping up at the festival will include The Spice Merchant, Crooked Billet, and The Dog & Badger alongside street food from Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club, Newquay Sushi, Snob Lobster And Champagne, 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.
A Festival of Fizz
Black-tie clad revellers at this year’s Henley Festival will be the first festival-goers in the UK to sample Moët & Chandon’s champagne vending machines, enjoying mini bottles of the luxury champagne at the touch of a button. Moët & Chandon will also be creating four champagne fountains, each created from 90 champagne flutes, and located at the Festival’s gourmet Riverside and Terrace pop-up restaurants, as well as on the Moët & Chandon champagne lawn. Meanwhile, a pair of Moët Bicycles will offer Moët Minis.
The Return of Ronnie Scott’s
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, where 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.
Tickets start from £45 and are available from www.henley-festival.co.uk.