Wychwood is one of the best loved family festivals on the summer calendar, renowned for booking a sensational mix of heritage, world music and up-coming talent along with an elcectic roster of entertainment for all the family.
Joining the likes of UB40's Ali Campbell, Astro, Mickey Virtue reunited, The Proclaimers and Boney M on mainstage across the weekend will be Mad Dog Mcrea with their raucous mix of folk, pop, rock, jazz and bluegrass along with psychedelic rockers Dr & The Medics, The Outcast Band, The Going Goods, Talk In Code and A Way With Words. Angelo Starr also heads to Wychwood leading his late brothers sensational soul band The Edwin Starr Band now also known as Angelo Starr & The Team.
The BBC Introducing Stage is set to return to Wychwood Festival this year, presenting the best upcoming local talent the area has to offer. On Saturday BBC Introducing Coventry & Warwickshire host performances from their youngest and brightest stars including 17 year old four piece The Commonjets, singer songwriters Emily Burn, James TW and Joe Dolman as well as Speak Brother,Grassroutes, Rosetta Fire, Yes Sunshine, Reece Bahia and The Folly Brothers. BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester take over proceedings on the Sunday with soul man and The Voice runner upClark Carmody, funk four-piece Cantaloop, rock visionaries Ronin and Evesham producer Tom Forbes. Also appearing will be Interior Castle, 7shades, The Dale Von Minaker, Fictonian, Chase The Deer and blues rockers Crowshaw.
On Friday Wychwood's Hobgoblin stage will welcome the likes of the barnstorming Celtic rockers Hunter & The Bear, Americana folk bands Loud Mountains and The Black Feathers, country/foilk songstress Danni Nicholls and Welsh busker and songwriter John Adams. Also will appearing will be Sophronie, James Michael, Cooper Black, Gloucestershire's own Grace Palmer and YouTube jazz musician sensation George Montague.
Wychwood is excited to reveal the full line-up for the Children's Literature Festival in association with Waterstones including renowned authors Anna Wilson, The Shapeshifter series creator Ali Sparkes, award winning author and illustrator Petr Horacek, along with Waterstone Children's Book Prize nominee Giancarlo Gremin. The weekend will also see appearances by a host of literary talents including Steve Antony, Steve Cole, Chris Edge, Paul Strickland, John Dougherty, Cathy Cassidy,Philip Adagh, Tracey Corderoy, Matt Brown and Tony de Saulles. In a Wychwood first, a music band made up entirely of authors will take to the stage and meeting for the first time at the festival the band, First Draft, will perform well loved book and writing inspired songs.
Well known for curating an all encompassing programme of family activities and entertainment, Wychwood's 2015 offering is bigger than ever. Aashiyana Arts bring the flavours of the East with Stories From India, Bhangra Dance and a Bollywood Heat Dance workshop for anyone who wants to dance like a Bollywood star. Solo Circus and Circus Kaos join together for a fun filled Circus Workshop, Wychwood's favourite 'bubbleolgist' SamSam the Bubbleman is back with his unbelievable bubbles plus for all those who love wildlife, the British Ecological Society bring Sex and Bugs and Rock and Roll for a hands on and fun look at the world of ecology. Wychwood revellers can also expect Samba, Belly Dancing and Hula classes, puppet shows, cabaret, arts and crafts, face painting, Ukulele performances and so much more.
Wychwood will be showcasing some of the best range of food from across the world including the festival's famous tea bus, The Tea Stop, purveyors of the best vegetarian Mexican Pura Vida and wonderful wraps from Warpper's Delight.
Always looking to increase the festivals green credentials, Wychwood is proud to be teaming up with Grallo, a coach company making festivals greener, more fun and more accessible by crowdfunding coach routes to events from all over the country.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo / UB40 – Ali Campbell, Astro, Mickey Virtue reunited / Boney M
The Undertones / Justin Fletcher / The Proclaimers / Craig Charles / Andy Kershaw / Dreadzone / Basseskou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba / Mad Dog Mcrea / Dr & The Medics / The Outcast Band / The Going Goods / Talk In Code / A Way With Words / The Edwin Starr Band ft. Angelo Starr / Electric Swing Circus / Rusty Shackle / Ghostpoet / Lucy Rose / Mt. Wolf / Plastic Mermaids / Fickle Friends / Monsieur Doumani / The Wonder Stuff Acoustic / Darlia / Demob Happy / TED ZED / Black Honey / Palace / Zak Abel / Lanshapes / Syd Arthur / Henry Green / Hunter & The Bear / Loud Mountains / Cooper Black
Sophronie / George Montague / Danni Nicholls / The Black Feathers / John Adams
Grace Palmer / James Michael
BBC Introducing Coventry & Warwickshire: Grassroutes, Rosetta Fire / Yes Sunshine / Reece Bahia / The Folly Brothers / Speak Brother / James TW / Emily Burns / The Commonjets / Joe Doloman
BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester: Cantaloop / Ronin / Clark Carmody / Tom Forbes / Interior Castle / Crowsaw / 7shades / The Dale Von Minaker / Fictonian / Chase The Deer
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Ali Sparkes / Petr Horacek / Giancarlo Gremin / Steve Antony / Steve Cole / Chris Edge / Paul Strickland / John Dougherty / Cathy Cassidy / Philip Adagh / Tracey Corderoy / Matt Brown / Tony de Saulles / First Draft
WYCHWOOD COMEDY IN ASSOCIATION WITH EFESTIVALS
Michael Legge / Jenny Collier / Jack Heal / Chris Turner / Jay Cowle / Jamali Maddix