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Late April Newsletter

Welcome to our latest news

With plenty more music acts to tell you about, the low-down on our comedy this year, info on our artists and makers, plus the latest ticket information!

Artists and Bands

Even more exciting artists added to our line-up…

Ren Harvieu to perform at Wychwood Festival 2019.
Ren Harvieu
The Midnight Alliance to perform at Wychwood Festival 2019.
The Midnight Alliance

On the Main Stage (Dave's Stage) on Friday we've got The Midnight Alliance, a fabulous multi-genre 10-piece group who'll be bringing a super-groovy fusion of latin, disco, jazz funk, ska and soul to entice you out onto the dancefloor.

Also on Main Stage, Saturday, we are very pleased to announce the uber-cool Ren Harvieu. Ren is an enigmatic songstress from Manchester, whose sound is reminiscent of orchestral pop of the '60s with a sumptuously dark and original hue.

Harvieu is the kind of Salford lass you can imagine a young Morrissey raving about.

On Sunday, festival favourites The-Outcast-Band take to the mainstage. With echoes of New Model Army and The Levellers, this band bring raw energy and an incredible live show. They came to Wychwood in 2015 and we're delighted to welcome them back.

Kwassa Kwassa to perform at Wychwood Festival 2019.
Kwassa Kwassa

In our dance venue, we're adding to our array of DJs with Kwassa Kwassa, a duo who will be bringing their mighty collection of world music records, including all manner of African, Latin and tropical sounds, with the sole purpose of getting you dancing.

We're also delighted to celebrate the multiple talents of some of our authors this year. Namely, Gareth P Jones, who as well as running his new show Mystery Makers as part of our Story Box Kids literature festival, will also be performing with ukulele, loop pedal, trumpet, you name it… in our dance venue on Friday.

And on the Hobgoblin stage, writer Jo Cotterill will be performing with her band Faces Fall who play guitar-driven irresistible 80s-tinged pop, offten compared to the likes of Prefab Sprout and The Lightning Seeds.


Eyez & Sleepa to perform at Wychwood Festival 2019.
Eyez & Sleepa

Always on the look-out for the latest talent, we're excited to announce that on Friday our Hobgoblin Stage will be taken over by artists from Upsurge.

UPSURGE is a talent development programme run by The Music Works that supports young creative emerging musicians, artists, producers and engineers aged between 18-30 in Gloucestershire.

The acts confirmed so far are Eyez & Sleepa, DJs with a dark and driven sound taking huge inspiration from Bristol's Dub/Dubstep scene. Working alongside them is the brilliant Griz-O, a versatile rapper influenced by grime with an experimental twist who'll reel you in with his stories.

Luzzey to perform at Wychwood Festival 2019.

We've also got Genuine Panama, a crowd-pleasing band blending guitar pop and old school funk and soul to hit an uncharted sweet spot somewhere between Hippo Campus and James Brown.

And adding to the Upsurge acts, we're pleased to welcome Gloucester based Rosita, who's released two studio recorded EPs and is gaining recognition as a pop/soul singer-songwriter. Plus we've got singer and rapper Luzzey, with influences from grime to reggae, motown to gospel. He's going to present his catchy new single Do This Again.

Further artists include JPDL + Yogi Beats who tap into a classic hip hop vibe with melodic hooks and witty wordplay. They've supported plenty of names like Chali 2na and Kraft Kuts, Abdominal and DJ Format, So Solid Crew and Rag ‘n’ Bone man.

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Music line-up so far:

The Stranglers, ABC, Scouting For Girls, T'Pau, Toyah, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, Ibibio Sound Machine, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, Ren Harvieu, DJ’s Steve Davis (yes the snooker player!) and Kavus Torabi, Bez (DJ), EMF’s Milf (DJ), Count Skylarkin, Tankus The Henge, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, Grupo Lokito, Jally Kebba Susso, The Zangwills, The Baghdaddies, Demi Mariner, Regiment, The Covasettes, Penny Mob, Folk On, Thrill Collins, Madi Stimson Trio, The Outcast Band, The Midnight Alliance, Kwassa Kwassa, LEAH, Arcadia Roots, Lower Loveday, Chloe Elliot, India Parkman, Indigo Haze, Fawner, TREE//HAUS, Rosita, JPDL & Yogi, Eyez & Sleepa, Griz-O, Genuine Panama, Luzzey, Faces Fall and Ninja Alien Dinosaur Party, plus more still to come!

Comedy Line-Up

Let us introduce our fantastic comedians in association with for Wychwood 2019…

Tom Glover to appear at Wychwood Festival 2019.
Tom Glover

First up, Tom Glover, nominated for ‘Best New Show’ at the Leicester Comedy Festival this year, George Rigden who brings musical comedy in a deliciously dark vein and Bristolian Jayde Adams who's been described by Dawn French as the 3rd funniest woman in the world.

We've also got lined up fearless Sarah Callaghan, who is described as sharp and intelligent, Aaron Twitchen with his energetic, feel-good vibe and comic Gary Tro will be bringing us his hilariously anarchic act. Plus there's Warwickshire talent Adam Beardsmore to look forward to and we're pleased to welcome semi-finalist of Britain's Got Talent Alf the Prop Comic – A comic. Called Alf. With Props.

Ben Van der Velde to appear at Wychwood Festival 2019.
Ben Van der Velde

Also joining the ranks, we have Riordan DJ, winner of Chortle Student Comedy Award 2017, spontaneous and sharp Ben Van der Velde who, in addition to stand-up comedy founded the Church of the Holy Kazoo with Mark Thomas, and Dana Alexander the only black female comedian on the circuit in Canada with irreverent and entertaining stories from life.

Last but not least, you'll get to see Javier Jarquin, well-known in New Zealand and rapidly establishing himself here, UK-based Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani who has appeared on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central show and hilarious Rob Mulhollandvery, very tall and equally as talented Time Out.

You can also enjoy character comedy from Tim Hoskins, as Marti, a German observational comic telling funny stories about British habits, language and customs.

More on our Comedy Programme

Artists & Makers

A feast of hand-crafted delights awaits you in our Artists and Makers area…

Wychwood Festival's Artists and Makers.
Lauren Pittford
Beautiful leather bags and other creations.
Metal Art
Sculptures of kinds fashioned in metal.
Ed Org Fine Art
Myths and legends depicted in original drawings and watercolours.
Muggins Pottery
Ceramic beasties and other creations.
Glass by Debbie
Hand fused sun catchers, tea light holders and other creations.
Delilah and the Moon
Whimsical boho items and eco-home products.
Absolutely Clay
Both decorative and practical ceramic items.
Distinctive jewellery made from silver and semi-precious stones.


Just to say that our Early Bird tickets will be ending at midnight on 30th April so if you haven't already got yours, we'd advise you to get in there quick before the price rise.

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