Henley Festival announces headline acts for 2020

Legendary English ska band MADNESS will open Henley Festival 2020 on Wednesday night (8th July). One of the leading bands of the late 1970s and early 80s, the much-loved group from Camden Town in North London have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, including ‘House of Fun’, ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘It Must Be Love’.

On Thursday night (9th July), organisers are delighted to welcome the multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter JAMES BLUNT to headline the Floating Stage. A household name across the UK and beyond, Blunt rose to fame in 2004 with the release of his debut album Back to Bedlam, achieving worldwide acclaim with the hit singles ‘You’re Beautiful’ and ‘Goodbye My Lover’

Dubbed the queen of sophisticated pop, singer songwriter SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR brings her vibrant mix of mainstream pop, disco and 1980’s electronic sounds to the Floating Stage on Friday 10th July, followed by SARA COX who will be playing all the best tracks from a great decade of music on the Floating Stage with her fabulous show ‘Just Can’t Get Enough 80s’

Lovers of disco are in for a once in a lifetime experience on Saturday 11th July, when a collection of the world’s greatest and most loved disco tracks are re-invented and performed by a 35 piece orchestra. With special guest vocalist KATHY SLEDGE OF SISTER SLEDGE and a captivating light display you’ll be lost in music right from the very first note!

On Sunday 12th July the festival will be closing in style with CLASSIC FM: A CLASSICAL SALUTE performed by the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Presented by popular Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass, the concert celebrates the power and glory of one of our finest orchestras and military theatre. The concert will be augmented by fully uniformed pipers, drummers and ceremonial trumpeters with music by Verdi, Bizet, Gershwin, Johann Strauss and many others.