Wow! Thank you to everyone who made Wychwood Festival weekend such a wonderful experience!
Wychwood Festival once again delighted crowds, and welcomed all ages to celebrate a weekend of fun and music.
The 13th annual Wychwood Festival came to a climatic close as The Levellers brought their own inimitable brand of folk to thousands of eager revellers. Other highlights of the weekend saw The Buzzcocks defy the rain for a raucous singalong, whilst OMD with their seamless show proved they're just as relevant now as ever.
Further highlights included Billy Bragg delivering an eye opening performance on the Main Stage, and up-and-comers such as Girli, Let's Eat Grandma and Zac Abel wowing the Big Top crowds.
Thousands of families descended on the festival to see stand-up comedy, craft workshops, dedicated Literature Festival and Wychwood's biggest family programme ever! The well-curated workshops included circus skills, comedy for kids, dance classes, craft making and so much more.
What a fantastic weekend! We've had outstanding music, hilarious comedy, great activities and a brilliant turn out…we can't wait for 2018!
We have yet more artists to announce for this year’s festival, as well as all of our comedians.
On our Saturday Main Stage we will be welcoming one of Britain’s best loved reggae bands, Aswad! They are renowned among reggae fans for their rich melodies and compelling harmonies, woven over hard rhythm tracks and inspired horn riffs.
We are also very excited to announce that Duncan Reid & The Big Heads will be performing on our Main Stage on Sunday! The band has developed a unique, effortlessly entertaining, and melodic brand of harmony laden pop punk. This May sees the release of their third album Bombs Away.
We’d also like to announce the winners of our Wychwood Sessions, who have all earnt themselves a slot at this year’s festival. On Friday we will have singer-songwriter Emi McDade and her band opening the Main Stage. Over in the Big Top on Saturday, melodic rock band Ivory Cross will be putting on a set full of energy and passion. Finally, we will have the fantastic Ben Maggs opening our Main Stage on Sunday.
As you all well know, there’s more to Wychwood than music. With that in mind we are very excited to announce all of our comedians for this year, in association with efestivals.co.uk.
On Friday we have the winner of ITV’s Show Me The Funny, Patrick Monahan. We also have musician and comedian Christian Reilly and aspiring goalkeeper and choirboy Lloyd Griffith. And we will be welcoming the long-haired and sci-fi inspired Andrew O’Neill.
On Saturday another fantastic musician and comedian David Jordan, as well as the award winning Monkey Poet and the fabulously camp Jonathan Mayor. We will also be welcoming the super splendid Ingrid Dahle and Desmond O’Conner (the ukulele player, not the chat show host…).
Last but certainly not least, on Sunday we will be welcoming the card-throwing ninja Javier Jarquin and the winner of the Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year award in 2016, Eshaan Akbar. We will also have the founder of the award-winning improv-comedy smash hit Austenyatious, Rachel Parris, as well as the West Country born and bred Cerys Nelmes and the very talented comedy magician Christian Lee.
Here is our April news update, which includes yet more artists and our workshops.
Firstly, we’d like to announce the addition of Dhol Foundation to our Saturday Main Stage. Led by Johnny Kalsi, the group have made it their mission to expose the indigenous sounds of the Dhol drum to the world along with all of the culture and energy that surrounds it.
Also performing on the Main Stage: rebellious folk outfit Mawkin who will be bringing their unapologetic sound to get your feet stomping. You can check out their self-produced and critically acclaimed album The Ties That Bind now.
We’ve also got yet more fantastic artists joining us in the Big Top this year. On Friday we have The Listening Device performing their emotive and thought provoking ambient music which we hope will feature some tracks from their upcoming album Visions of Imaginary Furniture. We will also have Talk in Code bringing their anthemia indie pop sound, as well as This Party who are a Brighton based band that fuse sharp basslines with an instant melody to produce their own brand of drenched guitar-fuelled pop.
On Saturday we will have Nervous Conditions a guttural post-punk band from Cambridge that utilise twin drummers, cavernous sax, relentless bass lines and howling vocals.
Also on the Big Top on Sunday, we will have The Rah’s a five piece indie rock band from Prestonpans in Scotland. Keep an eye out for their latest single All the Same which is due out in May of this year.
We’d also like to give a warm welcome to young singer songwriter Pierce Jenkins, who will be opening our Main Stage on Friday.
This year will see the return of the Wychwood FM Stage in association with the University of Gloucestershire. They have put together an incredible selection of up and coming talent for you this year. On Friday we will have Chris Smee, Jazzy Heath, SHYLO, Fawner and headliners Ten Tombs. Saturday will feature Dominic Rowes, Watercolours, Dan Walton, Indigo Haze and headlined by Harry Daniels Band. On Sunday will be welcoming Dionysus, Light Blue, Will Mackmersh, LEAH and headlined by Jack Cooper and The Offshore.
Not only that, but many of the artists performing on the Wychwood FM Stage will also be performing on our new Busking Stage alongside new artists Selina Fever, Joe Davies, Jazzy Heath, Daisy & Toby, and Rosie Mountjoy. We are also excited to announce that we will have a brand new Late Night Café stage, which will feature Demi Marriner, Daisy & Toby, Genevieve and Will MackMersh.
Once again the workshops area will offer a selection of activities and shows for kids, families and adults to come take part in and enjoy.
Our City area will offer a range of workshops that will allow you to experience different cultures through dance and rhythmic movement. You will be able to take part in Professor Elemental’s Rap Workshop, Modern Cautionary Tales for Children by BBC 6 Music’s resident poet Murray Lachlan Young, Samba, Charleston Dance, Swing Dance, Shim Sham Dance, Yoga, Belly Dance for all and Belly Dance with a Twist, Capoeira and Musical Theatre.
Mountain Side will offer the chance to take part in a range of interactive activities; including Ukulele for beginners and not quite beginners, Come and Sing, Urban Poetry with JPDL, Improv Comedy, How Can Autistic People Help You?, Lyric Writing with Chris Hemingway and Open Mic Sessions.
Hillside will be a place where you can experience the creative arts. There will be Circus Skills, Musical Journey, Multilingual Multisensory Music Sessions, Trains and Boats and Planes – Stories and Singing, ‘With a moo moo here’ – Stories and Singing and Tatty Bumpkin Yoga.
The Seaside will have a superb collection of magic, puppets, poetry and music from the Family Circus Show, Pecan Pete’s Wild West Circus Show, Mr WOW as ‘The Director’, Bruce Airhead, Nick Cope’s Family Songbook and performances from Ola Samba Bateria.
The Forest area will offer an amazing selection of creative workshops. You can take part in Mermaids and Mermen, Clay Pendants, BleepHaus, Groovy Records, Stinky Sock Puppet, Mosaics, Funky Pom Poms, Willow Workshop, Time Traveling Toby and The Battle of Trafalgar, TubeTastic, Screen Printing, Knitting, Arts and Crafts, Pimp My Hat and Wellies, Junk Percussion Instruments, Origami and Painting.
Last but certainly not least, the Meadow will offer an array of hands on activities – with Face Painting, Clay Modelling, the Wardrobe of Infinite Possibilities and Tassle Bunting.
A warm welcome to our March news announcement—we have plenty more bands and artists to tell you about.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
A big Thank You to all who made Wychwood Festival another fantastic and happy festival!
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.
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!