Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Richie to rock the riverside

LIONEL RICHIE will be one of the big names to perform at this year’s Henley Festival.

LIONEL RICHIE will be one of the big names to perform at this year’s Henley Festival.

The soul singer will appear on the main stage on the second night of this year’s festival, which will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, July 8 to 12.

Richie, 65, said: “I’m looking forward to playing at the Henley Festival as I don’t think I’ve ever played on a floating stage on the River Thames before.

“There have been some great acts perform over the years at Henley so I’m very excited for it to be my turn.”

The former Commodores star, who will also be appearing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, will perform hits such as Hello, All Night Long and Dancing On The Ceiling in a show called “All The Hits, All Night Long”.



Richie has sold more than 100 million albums and received five Grammy awards, a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Other acts to perform that night include singer-songwriter Hannah Scott, DJ Ben Zaven Crane and four-piece band Flats and Sharps.

On the Friday, there will be a show called “Who Got Rhythm? A Gershwin Spectacular”, a celebration of the music of George Gershwin with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Troy Miller and Fabio D’Andrea.

Jazz singer Gregory Porter, trumpet soloist Alison Balsom and Chinese prodigy Ji Liu at the piano will be among the musicians performing timeless classics including arrangements of Rhapsody in Blue, Fascinating Rhythm, A Foggy Day In London Town and I Got Rhythm.Other performers at the festival that night will include Prague electroswing band Mydy Rabycad and guitarist Darren Hodge, DJ Krystal Roxx and The Revue. There will be a mix of stand-up comedy and music from The Horne Section.

Details of the other nights’ entertainers have still to be announced.

New chief executive Charlotte Geeves promised the festival would be the best yet, adding: “We have an incredible line-up for this year.”

Concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith, who has become a festival patron, said: “Among a crowded summer of festivals, the Henley Festival stands out as a 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 the vitality of this wonderful festival.”

The black-tie event also features street theatre, comedy, fireworks, art and sculpture as well as a variety of bars and restaurants.

As the Henley Standardreported last week, a £35 general admission ticket has been introduced this year in a bid to attract more visitors.

A total of 6,000 tickets for each night will be on sale from 9am on Monday, January 26 at www.henley-festival.co.uk

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