EIGHTIES pop icons Spandau Ballet have been unveiled as the headliners for the last night of this year?s Henley Festival.
The five-piece group, famous for hits like Gold and True, will perform on the ?floating? stage on Sunday, July 12. They complete the line-up for the 33rd annual festival which also includes Lionel Richie, Jessie J and the Gipsy Kings.
Spandau Ballet, who have had 10 top 10 singles, were described by festival organisers as the ?biggest band ever? to headline on the final night of the event.
Festival chief executive Charlotte Geeves said: ?Our headline bill for 2015 is now complete and we are delighted Spandau Ballet will be joining us on Sunday evening at this year?s festival. They have so many iconic hits in their catalogue, who better to get the crowd going and close our festival?
?With just 6,000 tickets available each night, we have an incredible programme with something for everyone to enjoy, mixing music, visual arts, comedy and culture together. We look forward to seeing you there.? In a statement, the group said: ?Summer by the Thames at Henley sounds like an offer not to be refused. We can?t wait to see everyone there and raise money for such a good cause.?
The festival raises money for the Prince?s Foundation for Children and the Arts as well as some local charities.
Jessie J, 26, best known for her number one hit Price Tag in 2012, will be performing on the opening night with Richie on stage the following evening. The Gipsy Kings, featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, sold out when they last appeared at the festival in 2008.
The other headline acts are Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter, who will be appearing with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Who Got Rhythm?, a tribute show to George Gershwin.
Comedians who will appear include Mark Watson, Adam Hills and Adam Kay.
The five-day event also features art and sculpture, comedy, roving entertainers, theatre and fine dining with Albert and Michel Roux Jnr heading up the Roux at the Riverside.
Each evening comes to a climax with a fireworks spectacular including, for the first time this year, Sunday.
Tickets cost from £35 and are availlable from the box office on (01491) 843404 and at www.henley-festival.co.uk