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Main Acts on Floating Stage

Wednesday 7th - Sunday 11th July 2021

Wednesday 7th July

Madness is a band that retains a strong sense of who and what it is. Many of the same influences are still present in their sound – ska, reggae, Motown, rock’n’roll, rockabilly, classic pop, and the pin-sharp vernacular of their beloved London streets. It may be refined and updated, but its essence remains clear and true. This is what they do best. Most colourful of all is Madness’ ability to write songs that sparkle with the stuff of British life; that find poetry in everyday reality – not the faux bright lights of celebrity; songs that may not shy away from death or darkness, but retain the right to employ wit and warmth. They are songs that have left their mark on British pop culture; their spirit endures in the music of Blur, the Streets, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Sway and Plan B.

Thursday 8th July
James Blunt
The five-time Grammy nominated and multiple BRIT award winning artist James Blunt is no stranger to festival spotlight and will the wow crowds at Henley Festival. After numerous successes since his debut ‘Back to Bedlam’ in 2004, the record that brought us You’re Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover, James returned in October 2019 with ‘Once Upon A Minvd’

Friday 9th July
Sophie Ellis Bextor
Sophie Ellis-Bextor shot to fame as a vocalist on Spiller’s huge number one single Groovejet, followed by Take Me Home and her worldwide smash hit, Murder on the Dancefloor. Her solo debut album, Read My Lips was released in 2001 and reached number two in the UK Albums Chart and was certified double platinum by the BPI.

followed by Sara Cox presents  - Just Can't Get Enough 80's
If you’ve got fond memories of legwarmers and spandex, ‘Just Can’t Get Enough 80s’ is a new show set to send you into a retro frenzy. Join Sara Cox for all the hits from the best decade, delivered with a stunning stage set and amazing visuals. Huge anthems for monumental crowd participation moments making epic memories to take home

Saturday 10th July
Disco Classical
featuring Kathy Sledge from Sister Sledge

Already heralded to be one of the most memorable and uplifting live experiences of the year, this is the feel-good concert of the decade! Lovers of disco are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when a collection of the world’s greatest & most loved tracks are re-imagined and reinvented and performed by a full 35-piece orchestra who know how to push the boundaries of classical music, band, star vocalists and include the very special guest Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge.

Sunday 11th July
A Classic FM's - A Classical Salute
A concert that celebrates the power and glory of one of our finest orchestras and military theatre. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is augmented by fully uniformed pipers, drummers and ceremonial trumpeters with music by Verdi, Bizet, Gershwin, Johann Strauss and many others. With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell, guest soloists Phoebe Haines (Mezzo Soprano) and Benjamin Baker (Violin) and presented by Myleene Klass. Generously supported by The Classical Club.