Welcome to our Mid-March Newsletter
We are delighted to announce our next headliner, plus more bands, workshops and our VIP kids entertainer!
So we are thrilled to welcome Martin Fry and ABC to the party on Saturday, as our headliner. On its release in May 1982, ABC's debut album The Lexicon of Love smashed straight into the UK album charts at number one. Hit songs such as Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love and All Of My Heart kick-started the Eighties and, with majestic production from the legendary Trevor Horn, the album remains a classic to this day. Martin Fry says Wychwood fans can expect a special performance:
The three words that best describe ABC are romantic, escapist and melodic, and in the UK The Lexicon of Love is regarded as a benchmark for music in that decade, so we are really looking forward to performing our show at Wychwood.
Also added to the Saturday Main Stage line-up are the fabulous Ibibio Sound Machine with their fusion of West African electronic, highlife, jazz, disco, funk and post-punk music. Ibibio Sound Machine manage to be true to their African roots and honour traditions while charging confidently forward toward the future and it's an uplifting, powerful and unforgettable experience to watch them in their element on stage. We also welcome to mainstage Saturday, The Zangwills, a high energy charismatic 4 piece from the North West, fast gaining a reputation for their strong live sets.
More for Saturday – on our Hobgoblin Stage we’ll have three-piece Halifax-based alternative rock band outfit, Regiment, and infectious vocals and lyrics and world-ending riffs from Manchester four-piece, The Covasettes.
On Sunday to the mainstage we welcome The Baghdaddies who combine Balkan melodies, klezmer, ska, latin grooves and sizzling brass, played with anarchic energy and theatrical humour - exhilarating, skilled, frenetic, amusing and totally unforgettable! And finally for this newsletter the wonderful country songstress Demi Marriner.
Our Children’s VIP on Saturday
National treasure, Basil Brush needs no introduction. He's one of the most well-loved characters in modern kids TV programming, first appearing on ITV in 1963. For twelve years he had his own series on BBC The Basil Brush Show and he's still going strong. 2017 and 2018 saw him hobnobbing with a whole range of stars. He was in panto and starred on The Chase Celebrity Special, making friends with Bradley Walsh and The Vixen. He does tons of charity work, particularly with Comic Relief and there's a rumour that he's going to be involved in The Generation Game when it returns to our TV screens in the not so distant future. Come and enjoy Basil's anarchic sense of fun, his groan-worthy jokes and his catchphrase:
Latest Workshop Announcements
Our latest workshops announcements include the Bleephaus boffins who will help you find a way to make some noise! Come and play with their wide range of electronic gadgets, build your own synthesiser, control a wall of LEDs and make music with our percussive potatoes! We also welcome Raspberry Jam who invite you to come and try your hand at robot controlling and Raspberry Pi; Junk Drumming where you can make some non messy music with recycled junk; and World Class Street Theatre - an unusual mix of bald head hoopla, slow motion movement, robotic dance, contact juggling and audience participation. You have never seen anything quite like it! Finally for this newsletter, join Sohan Kailey live on stage performing songs from his brand new debut album. Songs from Bhangra, Bollywood, Dino Rocks, Bhangra Pirates and more.
Our Tier Three tickets are getting low folks and won’t hang around forever. If you’ve still to book your weekend or day tickets we’d advise you get in there now to beat the price rise.