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Your Guide to Henley Festival 2019

From Boy George to Tom Odell, and all the gourmet cuisine in between...

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Thinking about heading to Henley Festival 2019? Read our guide before you book and find out how to catch the biggest music acts, the hottest chefs, and the best art on display this year at the UK’s biggest black tie music festival. 

Henley Festival

Henley Festival 10 – 14 July

The Music

Henley Festival has a history of attracting some of the biggest names in music to its famous floating stage and 2019 is no exception. This year’s headliners will be Boy George, Tom Odell, Jessie J, BJÖRN AGAIN and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Boy George will headline the opening night, with Classic FM, A Night at the Movies wrapping things up on Sunday.

The C&TH Festival Guide

The Food

But if it’s festival food that gets you excited, you won’t find a better culinary line-up than this one on the banks of the river Thames. Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett MBE will be once again taking the reins of Europe’s biggest field restaurant, the Riverside Restaurant. Other restaurant’s popping up at the festival will include street food from Snob Lobster, Jessecco Prosecco, BBQ Club and Halloumi Guys.

The Comedy

The Henley festival also boasts a stellar comedy line-up, with the likes of Ed Byrne, Andy Hamilton, Julian Clary and Murray Lachlan-Young and more. Up and coming comics including Vikki Stone, Kai Samra, Steve Bugeja and Luke Kempner are worth looking out for, too.

The C&TH Guide to Henley-on-Thames

The Art

Henley Festival’s ongoing support of independent artists and galleries continues for 2019, too. This year, artist duo Mike Blow and Alison Ballard will bring their unique British Arts Council backed audio visual installation Colony to the festival, which consists of seven large spherical, sonic sculptures. The installation allows the audience to experience the physicality of sound through listening, touching, and hugging.

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