More Acts For Wychwoods 10th Aniversary

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With an epic music program already under its belt, Cheltenham’s favourite festival Whychwood confirms new acts for the 10th year celebration on 31st May - 1st June.

After a fantastic performance in 2013 Sadie & the Hotheads return to Wychwood with Downton Abbey star and World Vision UK Artist Ambassador Elizabeth McGovern on vocals. Also, keen to support their local artists Wychwood festival has confirmed the fantastic Robbie Boyd, Cheltenham’s own Uke Junkies, Oxford’s finest trio The Black Hats, unique acoustic band KSH & The Going Goods, plus more. In addition to this, and making a comeback this year, is the hugely popular acoustic Pomme stage, headed up by the University of Gloucestershire, which provides exclusive sets from some of the best musicians across the county. Finally, added to the Smashing Blouse Big Top are songstress Kyla la Grange, folk-pop brothers Champs, Londoners Fé and soloist FTSE. Weekend and day tickets are on sale now and more information is available from the new Wychwood website.

Wychwood Festival announces even more music acts for their very special 10th Anniversary event this May. World Vision UK Artist Ambassador and Downton Abbey actress Elizabeth McGovern will be performing with her band Sadie & The Hotheads on this year’s Main Stage, following the release of the band's highly anticipated third album ‘Still Waiting’. In addition to her on-screen success, Elizabeth McGovern’s ‘Sadie’ along with the ‘Hotheads’ have received acclaim in their own right for their charming personality and often-heartfelt lyrics that define the band’s idiosyncratic music. 

Elizabeth McGovern commented, "I am really looking forward to returning to Wychwood Festival with my band as well as continuing to support World Vision UK - we played last year and had such a blast!"

As one of Wychwood's two major partners of conscience for 2014, World Vision is a remarkable organisation the festival is proud to have and continue to work with over the last five years. Transforming the lives of millions of children throughout the world over 150 children have been sponsored by the generous Wychwood festival-goers, helping create sustainable change that has high impact. Sam Shrouder, Festival Organiser & Ambassador for World Vision comments, "We are thrilled to be working with World Vision for this year's Wychwood Festival, an organisation that transforms the lives of children who are deeply suffering in this world today. Celebrating ten year's this summer, we look forward to sharing a wonderful Wychwood with Sadie & The Hotheads, Paul Ewing and the incredible acts that will perform across the three day celebration and raise awareness for such fantastic organisations like World Vision and Toybox."

Keen to support local artists from Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas, Wychwood has confirmed a number of acts for some of their primetime Main Stage and Big Top slots. Amongst these are Uke Junkies, a duo from Cheltenham who use the ukulele, bass and voice to create a unique sound. Joining them are The Black Hats, hailing from musical city Oxford. Their debut  EPs including ‘Austerity for the Hoi Polloi’s’ plus their anticipated album set to drop this year, has made them a force to be reckoned with on the festival circuit. Meanwhile Robbie Boyd along with his band joins Saturday’s Big Top offering, with his alluring style of folk-pop and support from Radio 2 and artists such as The Kooks make him one not to be missed at this year’s Wychwood. Finally, other bands include KSH & The Going Goods and their alternative take on acoustic hip hop, Swindon newcomers A Way With Words, The Vinyls and Funky Jets.

Continuing the local theme will be the return of the hugely popular Pomme stage run by the University of Gloucestershire with the festival’s very own radio station, Wychwood 87.7FM. The Pomme Stage champions the best artists from across Gloucestershire and surrounding areas and presents very special, exclusive acoustic performances. This year sees bands such as alternative rockers All Ears Avow, Cornish trio Blue Horyzon, Beat Harlows, plus many more rock the Pomme Stage.

Finally, London promoters Smashing Blouse will be taking care of new music on the Big Top and have added 'Cut Your Teeth' singer Kyla la Grange and group Champs, made up of brothers Michael and David Champion from the Isle of White and who's melodic folk-pop has made them a hit in 2013. Also joining them is London duo and Bad Life artist Fe, plus soloist FTSE. 

These artists join previously announced headliners The Boomtown Rats, The Stranglers and The Levellers, plus The Real Thing, Craig Charles, Newton Faulkner, Reef and many more, making the 10th anniversary celebration the biggest and best yet. 

Published on 28 April 2014 by Ben Robinson

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