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Bryan Ferry and The Jacksons at Henley Festival

PUBLISHED: 10:24 24 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:24 24 February 2014

The Jacksons - (C): Harrison Funk

The Jacksons - (C): Harrison Funk

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Every year Henley Festival pulls in the big names and 2014 will be no exception.

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Already booked are Bryan Ferry (9 July); Joss Stone (10 July); Burt Bacharach (11 July); The Jacksons (12 July); with a big name act still to be revealed for 13 July.

The glamorous Festival, in partnership with BMW, takes place on the banks of the Thames. It’s now in its 32nd year and has been described as ‘the summer’s greatest party’.

With only 5,000 tickets available for each chic black-tie evening, it’s a chance to enjoy the best music performed on a floating stage, with food, witty comedy shows, art and sculpture exhibitions and street theatre performances running alongside.

Henley Festival’s charity work continues and this year they have a new initiative with HRH The Prince of Wales’s charity, The Prince’ Foundation for Children and the Arts. Tickets to each special show will be available from 24 March at www.henley-festival.co.uk.

Gill Mitchell, CEO of the Henley Festival said: “With fine dining provided by Albert Roux and his son Michel Roux Jr. and an eclectic programme of music, comedy, visual art and cabaret supporting a top line up of artists on our famous floating stage, this year the bar will be raised even further.”

Stewart Collins, the festival’s Creative Director, said: “This truly is one incredible line up. I have to say that the mix of headline UK and international artists lined up for our Floating Stage is absolutely fabulous. For the first time ever we have major, household names each evening, so if you add this to the highest profile supporting programme we’ve had for years, and the raft of trademark surprises and innovations, it’s easy to feel extremely excited about the prospects for this coming July!”

Returning to the Henley Festival will be a host of unexpected appearances from the festival’s trademark, Roving Company of Eccentrica, combining the eye turning talents of a series of ‘walkabout’ acts from around the world – Australia, France, Spain, Slovenia, and the home of eccentricity, the UK. With an array of enthralling costumes and talents, guests can marvel at the diverse and mesmerising performers as they make their way around the festival. Along with many more exciting surprises, we will also shortly be revealing our top-notch comedy programme plus a very special Henley Festival comedy exclusive, so watch this space.

Jeremy Newton, CEO of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be working together with the Henley Festival. Today marks the start of an exciting partnership to run activities that will inspire, challenge and develop those children who have had very little experience of the arts.”

See www.henley-festival.co.uk for further details.

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