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Wychwood Festival 2017 – Preview

Wychwood Festival have spent the last 12 years cementing themselves as THE festival for families. This is evidenced by their continued nominations, across a spectrum of award ceremonies, for Best Family Festival.

This weekend (2-4 June 2017) sees the organisers not breaking this outstanding form, as they have no less than 100 top acts performing across their four stages. Obviously, being a branded event (Wychwood is a brewery. Of some particularly fine ales, we must add) a couple of those stages carry branded names; the Hobgoblin stage, named after their famous dark ale, and the Wychwood Stage, named after…well…themselves.

In terms of the old music, there’s plenty to choose from that will appeal to the whole family. Obviously, being a family festival, children are well catered for. As well as a host of fun crafts and workshops for the littluns to enjoy, there is a whole programme dedicated to making sure they have just as much fun at the festival as you do.

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Photo: Simon Ager

For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our Wychwood Festival page. 

The CBeebies favourite, Katy Ashworth, will be on hand to entertain the kids. If her previous appearances are anything to go by she could be doing anything from cooking fun foods for kids, or playing a character similar to one from her Justin’s House days.

The children’s area will also feature several literature workshops featuring appearances by world famous kids authors such as Lucy Roland, and A C Salter, as well as comic strip workshops and a fantastic themed Hogwarts party.

For the adult kids, there’s also plenty to do. There will be a real ale festival, which will feature beers from around the world, and fantastic food to enjoy. There will be comedy, theatre, and talks for the more grown-up fraternity.

On a musical tip, there is plenty to choose from. Headliners are The Levellers, Buzzcocks, and OMD. Joining them are political and social activist and musician, Billy Bragg, world music from Bhangra drum ensemble, The Dhol Foundation and the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band. Also on the musical menu are electro-swing collective, the Electric Swing Circus, and you can enjoy some electro-pop courtesy of promising young female duo, Let’s Eat Grandma.

Wychwood Festival 2017 – Preview NextFest

Photo: Simon Ager

For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our Wychwood Festival page. 

If reggae is your bag, then you’ll want to check out Aswad. The band have been consistently releasing albums since 1976, having notched up no less than an impressive 27 LP’s in that time. Hit’s include Don’t Turn Around, and Shine.

If you want to fill the time between music artists, then there is plenty for you to try out. Take a walk around the healing area for some ultimate festival relaxation, or head over to the artists and makers area and get creative!

Wychwood Festival takes place 2-4 June 2017 at Cheltenham Racecourse. For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our Wychwood Festival page.

 

Author: Ste Knight

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