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Dear Wychwooders,

A warm welcome to our March news announcement—we have plenty more bands and artists to tell you about.

The Strypes to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
The Strypes

First of all, we are really excited to announce that The Strypes will take to our mainstage on Sunday. This hotly-tipped rock band from Ireland have been gaining serious momentum, and for very good reason. To see why, check out their latest album Little Victories, you won’t be disappointed.

The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band

From Jaipur in Northern India, we welcome The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band to our Main Stage on Friday with a mesmerising repertoire spanning folk songs, Bollywood hits, spiritual qawwali and Bhangra beats. The combination of their fabulous costumes and joyous sound is bound to get you up on your feet!

InHeaven to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.

Also confirmed for Friday on the Main Stage are the anthemic InHeaven, who fuse elements of grunge, pop and 90s US indie.

Over in the Big Top our headliner on Sunday will be Cabbage—the best new band to come out of Manchester, with their rebellious rocky punk anthems. Plus we bring you the psychedelic rockers that are The Shimmering Band, as well as Bristol’s latest rising star Stevie Parker with her ambient electro-pop. You can also check out performances by London-based musician Bunny and talented alt-pop band Yonaka (which means ‘the dead of night’ in Japanese).

Aaron Keylock to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Aaron Keylock

Over on the Hobgoblin stage, local promoters Glovebox Live have completed their line-up with some fantastic bands for your delectation. Friday will feature The Black Feathers, The Prohibition Smokers Club, The Black Hats and Americana from Oxford-based Deadbeat Apostles. Saturday will be headlined by blues teen prodigy Aaron Keylock, plus Sandtimer, Paul McClure and The Local Heroes, George Montague, Newton Country and Society. Sunday will feature Lucas & King, The Brickwork Lizards, Wes Finch, Peerless Pirates, The Epstein and Holly Redford-Jones.

Wes Finch to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Wes Finch

And last, but far from least, in this March news announcement, we can’t wait to welcome BBC Radio 6 music’s resident poet Murray Lachlan Young to Wychwood. Bring the kids to his show Modern Cautionary Tales for Children, and later on, take in his performance for adults in our new Speakeasy sessions - more about that in our next newsletter!

Tickets for this year’s festival are selling faster than ever, so please make sure you book soon, if you haven’t already, to avoid disappointment!

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Dear Wychwooders,

Welcome to our February news. On Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share some love with more band, artist and author announcements including our Friday mainstage headliner, and the Smashing Blouse Stage Friday and Saturday headliners.

Buzzcocks to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.

We are very pleased to announce that our Friday headliner is legendary punk band Buzzcocks. Formed in 1976, Buzzcocks are one of the most influential punks bands in the world with a long list of hits such as Ever Fallen In Love, What Do I Get?, and Everybody’s Happy Nowadays. We can’t wait to welcome them to the Main Stage on Friday.

Smoove and Turrell to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Smoove and Turrell

Also joining us on the Main Stage on Saturday will be “Northern Funk” duo Smoove and Turrell. Known for songs like Slow Down, Beggarman, and Will You Be Mine, the duo's contemporary sound fuses a variety of musical genres including funk, Northern soul, hip-hop and jazz. On Sunday we will be joined by the one and only alternative rockers Jesus Jones, who are best known for their hits Right Here, Right Now, Real Real Real, and International Bright Young Thing.

Professor Elemental to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Professor Elemental

Over in the Big Top we welcome the hilarious Professor Elemental on Sunday, performing a neo-Victorian blend of Hip-Hop and Comedy.  Our friends over at Smashing Blouse welcome psychedelic popsters Let’s Eat Grandma to their headline spot on Friday. On Saturday Smashing Blouse will have the incredibly talented Zak Abel headlining, as well as performances by IDER and Girli. Last but certainly not least, on Sunday we will be welcoming the psychedelic sounds of Flamingods.

Indigo Rose to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Indigo Rose

Over on our Hobgoblin stage, our friends over at Glovebox Live have got some incredible emerging talent for you. On Friday we have Indigo Rose, whose debut EP Cold Spell has already gained the attention of tastemaker Bob Harris and plays on 6Music. Saturday will feature Cherokii, who will be bringing some thumping bass, thundering drums and some big tunes, and we will have Skata Tones playing a fusion of ska, reggae, dub and dance sounds for you to enjoy. Sunday will see Curse Of Lono performing some epic southern alternative rock.

Curse of Lono to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Curse of Lono
Jo Cotterill to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Indigo Rose

Finally for this announcement, we can reveal our first authors and illustrators taking part in our Kids Literature Festival in association with Waterstones. They include Steve Cole reading from his latest Young Bond book, Tamsyn Murray with her Tanglewood Series, Jo Cotterill with Electrigirl and the Invisible thieves, Gareth P Jones reading from his Pet Detectors series, John Dougherty with Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face, Chris Edge with his book and workshop on How to be a Young Writer, Caryl Hart with Knock, Knock Dinosaur, Duncan Beedie with Lumberjack's Beard and workshops from artist and illustrator, Gemma Hastilow.

Day and Weekend tickets are on sale now, and are selling faster than ever! We also now have a group booking option whereby if you book 5 of any ticket type, you get a 6th free. So if you book 5 adults for Saturday, the sixth is free!

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Happy New Year to all of our Wychwooders! We have some more fantastic artists for you, our first set of comedians, and we can announce that day tickets are now on sale.

Billy Bragg to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Billy Bragg

Joining us on Main Stage for Friday, will be the legendary Billy Bragg. As one of the UK’s foremost political singer-songwriters, he is best known for his tracks New England, Between The Wars, and California Stars. Hot off the back of his latest release Shine A Light, which was recorded across America’s railroads with Joe Henry. And Billy is one of our most requested artists!

CC Smugglers to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
CC Smugglers

Also performing on Main Stage Friday, will be 6-piece busker band CC Smugglers, who Bob Harris describes as just brilliant and BBC 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews as the best live band on the scene at the moment. On Saturday we welcome folk-rock up-and-comers Harpers Ferry.

Beans On Toast to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Beans On Toast

First up in the Big Top this year, we welcome political folk singer Beans On Toast, who will be performing songs that tackle issues as diverse as climate change, UK venue closures, and his nan. Our friends over at Smashing Blouse have made their first bookings also; with Welsh-British chamber pop and indie musician Laurel, and Liverpool based 3-piece pop band Trudy and the Romance.

Big Boy Bloater to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Big Boy Bloater

Our first Hobgoblin Stage announcement this year will be Friday’s headliner, the blues man Big Boy Bloater. His latest album Luxury Hobo, which features It Came Outta The Swamp and I Love You But I Can’t Stand Your Friends, has been met with critical acclaim from the likes of Jools Holland and Imelda May.

We are also very excited to make our first comedy announcement for this year’s festival, in association with efestivals.co.uk. We will be welcoming: Patrick Monahan, Christian Riley and Lloyd Griffith on Friday; Desmond O’Connor on Saturday; and last but no least, Christian Lee and Cerys Nelmes on Sunday.

Finally, we would like to announce that day tickets are on sale from 9am today.

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First announcement for Wychwood Festival 2017!

Ladies and Gentlemen of Wychwood, it’s time for our first line-up announcement for the 2017 festival! We’ve got some amazing artists to share, and not one, but two headliners!

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

We are delighted to announce that Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark will be our headliners on Saturday. One of England’s most influential electronic bands, with hits such as Enola Gay, If You Leave and So In Love, they will perform on Wychwood’s Main Stage and we couldn’t be more excited.

The Levellers to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
The Levellers

Back by popular demand: The Levellers will be headlining Sunday. After our survey of who Wychwooders would most like to see at Wychwood 2017, The Levellers were number 1 and we can’t wait to welcome them back.

Kanda Bongo Man to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Kanda Bongo Man

Other fantastic acts confirmed for the weekend include Kanda Bongo Man on Saturday. With hits such as Monie, Lela-Lela and Isambe, we’re certain he’s going to get you all dancing!

Katy Ashworth to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
Katy Ashworth

For our young Wychwooders, we will be welcoming Katy Ashworth as seen on Cbeebies’s I Can Cook series, to open the Main Stage on Saturday. Also The East Pointers will be bringing their own brand of Celtic Folk to the Main Stage and performing tracks from their debut album Secret Victory.

We also welcome back our lovely Wychwood house band, Thrill Collins, who will be performing on Sunday’s Main Stage, along with Electric Swing Circus, bringing their vintage electro-swing sound to Wychwood.

The East Pointers to perform at Wychwood Festival 2017.
The East Pointers

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2017 Earlybird Tickets

We’re delighted to announce that our limited discounted Earlybird Tickets for the 2017 festival, taking place 2nd - 4th June, are on sale now!

A record number of people have already got their tickets for next year, so snap yours up at this price tier while you can.

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Who would be in your perfect line up for 2017?

We’re already starting to think about our perfect line up for Wychwood 2017. Over the last 12 years around 1000 bands across many genres have performed at Wychwood. We know you have your favourites and there must be others you’d love to see at Wychwood for the first time.

We’re particularly interested to hear who our younger festival-goers would like to see, to help us point Wychwood into the future. Suggestions from all family members are most welcome!

Help us shape your perfect Wychwood Festival.

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A big Thank You to all who made Wychwood Festival another fantastic and happy festival!

Bill Bailey on stage at Wychwood Festival 2016.
Bill Bailey

Our 12th family festival was a wonderfully sun-soaked, joyous celebration with unforgettable performances from our headline acts: The Waterboys, the legendary 10cc and on Sunday, to roars of laughter, Bill Bailey.

Other musical highlights include festival favourite Craig Charles in our Big Top and Ms Dynamite personifying the Wychwood ‘vibe’ by inviting children in the crowd to join her on stage.

Ms Dynamite on stage with children at Wychwood Festival 2016.
MS Dynamite invites children to join her on stage.
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Our fantastic range of Comedy, family Workshops and Kids Literature were also a great hit with you all, we're so pleased you found so much to be inspirational.

…its been such a joy to see so many getting involved across the weekend. We hope everyone who joined us had an unforgettable weekend and we look forward to see you all again next year, here's to 2017!
Kids drumming workshop Wychwood Festival 2016.
Drumming workshop

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