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Sir Elton John and Dame Shirley Bassey: What to expect at Henley Festival 2016

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Sir Elton John and Dame Shirley Bassey: What to expect at Henley Festival 2016


Oxfordshire’s Henley Festival has announced the headline acts for its annual event, including Sir Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey, and Michelin starred chef Daniel Clifford.

Henley Festival

Henley, the glamorous boutique festival set deep in the Home Counties countryside, returns this year with aplomb. The 2016 line up is better than ever. All bases are covered.

The Floating Stage will house stars such as Elton John and his band, Dame Shirley Bassey, Brit Award-winning Blake, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Welsh Opera singer Bryn Terfel, and Will Young.

Blake Shirley Bassey

Blake Shirley Bassey Henley Festival

Will Young said… 

I’m really very excited to be closing Henley Festival on the Sunday night. I had such fun playing there last time, it’s such a beautiful setting on the banks of the river Thames, not to mention headlining alongside one of my favourite people, Sir Elton John.

Elton John and his band will be performing on Wednesday evening. There’s still one further headline act to be announced for the Saturday night, so check back here for an update.

Elton John Henley Festival

Elton John Henley Festival

Ronnie Scott’s, the infamous jazz club, will be pitching camp at the festival as well, with the full Scott’s experience. Expect cabaret style tables and its smoky, jazz-vibes food and cocktails.

Over the years, the festival has become quite renowned for its foodie nature, and this year’s line-up comes coveted. Michelin-starred chef Daniel Clifford, of Midsummer House, will be taking the reins of the Riverside Restaurant in Henley, with an astounding 950 covers a night during the festival.

Clifford said

I am incredibly excited to work at such an iconic event as Henley. The Riverside Restaurant will be the fine dining offering for guests with dishes such as sautéed scallop, granny smith apple, celeriac and perigold truffle puree and seared Cornish mackerel, piccalilli chantilly, pickled white.

Henley Festival Food

Henley Festival Food

Organisers add that this year will be the biggest comedy line-up, with acts such as Al Murray, Reginald D Hunter, Nina Conti, and Simon Evans, alongside many others.

Ticket sales go on sale on Thursday 25 February at 10am.

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