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Henley Festival 2015

"The Henley Festival stands out as a completely unique and very special experience"
"I don’t think I’ve ever played on a Floating Stage on the River Thames!"

The glamorous Henley Festival in partnership withBMW, returns to the banks of the River Thames for five extraordinary installments from 8-12July 2015.

From the moment you enter our world, the fun-loving & quirky black tie festival presents a kaleidoscope of entertainment at every turn. Join us for world-class music, witty comedy shows, art & sculpture, eclectic pop up dining, immersive street theatre and fireworks with a twist each evening.

This year will welcome the incredible Lionel Richie who will make his Henley Festival debut on the Floating Stage. The multi award winning, international superstar has been on the forefront of the music scene with a career spanning over three decades. With over 100 million album sales worldwide to his name and hits including 'Hello', 'All Night Long' and 'Dancing On The Ceiling', this will be a night not to be missed.

Lionel Richie said: “I’m looking forward to playing at Henley Festival as I don’t think I’ve ever played on a Floating Stage on the River Thames before! There’s been some great acts perform over the years at Henley so I’m very excited for it to be my turn.”

Who got Rhythm?! - A Gershwin Spectacular is back by overwhelming popular demand, an orchestral experience like no other takes the headline slot on Friday 10 July. Celebrate the music of George Gershwin in the company of the entire Philharmonia Orchestra, as they perform a selection of timeless classics, spanning an iconic repertoire, including lavish arrangements of 'Rhapsody in Blue', 'Fascinating Rhythm', 'A Foggy Day in London Town' – and of course 'I Got Rhythm'. Conducted by Troy Miller and Fabio D’Andrea, the all-star cast will see performances from acclaimed jazz singer Gregory Porter, award-winning trumpet soloist Alison Balsom and Chinese prodigy Ji Liu at the piano, plus a host of other stars taking to the Floating Stage.

Henley Festival Patron Harvey Goldsmith said: “Among a crowded summer of festivals, the Henley Festival stands out as a completely unique and very special experience which I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy immensely over many years. It’s a tremendous privilege to have been invited to become an Honorary Patron, particularly in a year with such a strong programme as this. I look forward to contributing as much as I can toward the continued success and vitality of this wonderful festival.”

With so much to see and experience there’s no better place to spend a summer night than amongst the magic of Henley Festival. Tickets on sale now from £35.00.