Henley Festival, the UK’s most glamorous festival and winner of Headline Performance of The Year in 2016, returns to its spectacular setting on the riverbank in Henley-on-Thames from 10th-14th July 2019. Many festival-goers arrive at the black-tie event by boat, champagne in hand, while the green lawns of the Festival are transformed into a Great Gatsby vision and fireworks explode overhead. The Luxury Channel brings you our guide of who we’ll be watching out for this year on Henley Festival’s famous Floating Stage.
Pop icon and mega star Boy George will open Henley Festival 2019 on Wednesday night. Universally recognised as one of the music scene’s most iconic artists, Boy George was recently presented with the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award. To date, he has sold over 100 million singles and in excess of 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter with 80’s super group Culture Club, and as a solo artist in his own right. This new-wave legend will bring his extravagant showmanship to Henley to kick start one of the UK’s most dazzling festivals.
On Thursday night, Henley Festival is delighted to welcome back multi-platinum selling artist Jessie J for the first concert of a three-year retrospective bringing back some of the Festival’s most popular artists. Since her last performance at Henley, Jessie J has cracked the US, written and released her latest album R.O.S.E and completed a hugely successful world tour, selling out shows across the US, Asia and Europe.
On Friday night, the Festival audience are in for a treat as Brit Award and Ivor Novello-winning songwriting sensation Tom Odell takes to the famous Floating Stage. With multiple awards and 1.8 million sales under his belt, the musical prodigy’s 2013 breakthrough smash, Another Love, and debut album, Long Way Down, topped the charts in the UK and in 2014, he made the top ten again with a cover of The Beatles’ Real Love, recorded for the John Lewis Christmas ad campaign.
In a Henley Festival first, Friday night’s performance by Tom Odell will be followed by a DJ set on the Floating Stage by the legendary Jo Whiley! Whether you were living it large in the 90s, wish it was still the 90s, or can’t quite remember the decade….Jo will be playing all the best tracks from the greatest decade for music – think Blur vs Oasis, Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, The Verve, The Chemical Brothers, Faithless and a whole lot more. Undoubtedly, the biggest night out you’ll have all year. Hey boy, hey girl, superstar DJ….here we go!
Calling all dancing queens! If you love Mamma Mia! then Saturday night is for you, as Henley Festival welcomes the internationally acclaimed BJÖRN AGAIN show. Designed as a rocked-up, light-hearted, satirical ABBA spoof, the show rapidly achieved world-wide cult status and was acknowledged for singlehandedly initiating the ABBA revival which brought about ABBA Gold, Muriel’s Wedding and Mamma Mia! Hailed as “the closest thing you can get to seeing ABBA” by Benny Anderson himself, this brilliant band will be bringing the party direct to the Floating Stage.
Meanwhile, for those who like their music with a side dose of laughter, Henley Festival presents a stellar comedy line-up for 2019, set to be bigger and better than ever with the likes of Ed Byrne, Julian Clary and Andy Hamilton all billed to perform. The comedy line-up also includes a very special performance by Richard Herring, who will be recording the show for his podcast with Barry Cryer. Brit-pop era gem, performer and poet Murray Lachlan-Young will also present his latest stand-up brilliance at Henley, and after performing with the likes of Dita vo Teese and The Pretenders, his set is not to be missed. In addition, up-and-coming comics including Vikki Stone, Kai Samra and Luke Kempner will also be keeping audiences entertained. We can’t wait!
For more information, and to book tickets to attend this year’s Henley Festival, go to www.henley-festival.co.uk.