Henley Festival Announces New Additions







Henley Festival is hugely excited to announce that PizzaExpress Live will be taking over the new Big Top stage for the five days of the festival bringing some of the biggest names in jazz, soul and live music to Henley festival for the first time.

Opening the new PizzaExpress Live Stage will be soul diva and sophisticated jazz songstress Natalie Williams, a veteran of British jazz whose sell out performances at the UKs leading Jazz festivals have made her one of the biggest names in British jazz. On Thursday night, nine times Grammy Award winner, blind singer and songwriter Jose Feliciano, described as the world’s greatest living artist, will play to the Henley Festival crowd. With over six albums covering every kind of guitar music from classical and Spanish, to pop and jazz, this will be a very special night. On Friday night, rock and roll legends and former Rolling Stones founder member Bill Wyman, and former lead guitarist Mick Taylor will perform together for the first time since 2012 alongside rhythm and blues legend Ben Waters and The Ben Waters Big Band playing upbeat Rhythm and Blues guaranteed to make you boogie.  One of 2016s brightest new talents Afro-Cuban jazz and neo-soul superstar Eliane Correa will perform on Saturday night. On Sunday legendary 80s jazz-funk band Shakatak will close the festival with renditions of their popular hits Night Birds and Down on the Street.

Alongside this line up of award winning music PizzaExpress will be bringing a series of food stalls to the festival, bringing festival goers the UKs best pizza experience.

Shakatak have said: It’s quite a while since we have played in the Henley area so we are really looking forward to participating in the Festival there. We will be playing most of the songs which were UK hits back in the 80’s plus various tracks recorded throughout our 35 year career!  Can’t wait!

Lee Homer Development Director at PizzaExpress Live has said: ‘We are incredibly proud of our music heritage in PizzaExpress, and are delighted to be collaborating with Henley Festival. We look forward to seeing some amazing acts perform on the ‘PizzaExpressLive’ sponsored ‘Top’ stage, in recognition of our newly launched PizzaExpressLive website..’

About PizzaExpress Live 

PizzaExpress Live presents more than 1000 shows each year across a number of venues, including PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho, The Pheasantry in Chelsea, and the Music Room in Maidstone. Restaurants in Kingston, Richmond, Bristol and Newcastle also host regular music performances. Live music has always been an important part of PizzaExpress. Founder Peter Boizot was a jazz lover and constantly sought ways to include music in his restaurants, whether at PizzaExpress branches from the late 1960s, and at his other ventures Pizza on the Park and Kettner’s from the 1970s. The flagship venue at 10 Dean Street, London has hosted internationally acclaimed music since its first ticketed shows in May 1976.




Henley Festival, the UK’s most glamorous boutique festival, returns to its stunning setting along the river in Henley-on-Thames from 6th – 10th July 2016 with tickets going on sale to the general public on Thursday 25th February at 10am.



As one of the most decorated and recognisable names in British music, we are delighted that Elton John and His Band will open Henley Festival 2016 on Wednesday 6th to a sold out audience, whilst one of Britain’s greatest-ever entertainers Dame Shirley Bassey will be teaming up with Brit-Award winning vocal group BLAKE on Saturday 9th. Legendary multi award winning singer song writer Elvis Costello & The Imposters will keep the party going on Thursday night when they take to the floating stage. Friday night will see the festival return to its classical roots with legendary Welsh Opera singer Bryn Terfel performing with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Finally everyone’s favourite singer-songwriter Will Young will bring Henley Festival to a momentous close on the Sunday night.


Our BIGGEST COMEDY line up yet!

Shaking up its festival format for 2016, Henley will be bringing a programme of red hot British comedians to the festival, quadrupling Henley Festival’s comedy bill in size from previous years.  We are hugely excited to be announcing Al Murray, Reginald D Hunter, Nina Conti, Dillie Keane, Richard Herring, Adam Kay, The Boy with Tape on His Face, Hal Cruttenden and Simon Evans as some of the biggest names on the line up of 20 comics who will keep crowds entertained each night at the festival.



Brand new for 2016, legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s will be making the festival their home for the full five days.  Festival goers will be treated to the full Ronnie Scott’s experience, seated at cabaret style tables they will be able to watch performances by the stellar Ronnie Scott’s Allstars under the guidance of Jazz maestro James Pearson while waiters discretely serve cocktails and show stopping food.



Legendary nightclub Heaven will be bringing their sister club Pure to the festival, kicking off the dancing each night as soon as the headline act finishes on the floating stage



For the 2016 festival, Michelin starred chef Daniel Clifford will be taking the reins of Europe’s biggest field restaurant, creating a bespoke tasting menu exclusively for Henley, serving 950 covers a night at the Riverside Restaurant. Daniel Clifford’s astonishingly creative, flawlessly executed dishes focus on purity of flavour and reverence for ingredients. He was AA Chefs’ chef of the year in 2015 and his restaurant ‘Midsummer House’ in Cambridge holds two Michelin stars, garnering widespread acclaim and cementing his reputation as one of the best chefs in Britain.


For festival goers who prefer to eat on the go, there are plenty of other food options. Ronnie Scott’s will offer superb steaks, Ronnie style burgers and gorgeous fish pie with a fine dining twist. A stalwart of the festival, Paul Clerehugh will be with us throughout the week with his bespoke festival menu at The Crooked Billet, offering fantastic British food using locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Cooking up a storm of authentic Indian food, Hasan & Bashir deliver Northern Thali to hungry festival goers at Spice Merchant Pop-Up. For street food enthusiasts, head to The Top for a diverse mix of cuisine and a never ending banquet of first class food to go.


Tickets start from £35 http://www.henley-festival.co.uk/

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