Preview: Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse
STAND up comedians, pop legends and children's favourites are all on their way to this year's Wychwood Festival.
Musical comic Bill Bailey will provide a fitting finale to this year's festival at Cheltenham racecourse.
The man who manages to combine music and comedy into one glorious act will close the main stage on the final day of the festival.
Thousands of visitors flock to the three-day festival from May 31 to June 2, which features the best in indie, folk, rock and world music from both established stars and emerging artists.
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As headline artist for Sunday's line-up, Bill brings his trademark musical mash-up, multi-lingual riffs, songs and silliness to the main stage. His show Qualmpeddler reveals his doubts about the modern world with the help of his folk bouzouki, as well as a re-appraisal of some of the world's greatest works of art and perhaps a dub version of Downton Abbey.
Other acts announced include songstress Lucy Rose, hailed as one of the best new British artists to emerge in recent years, who will headline the Big Top on Sunday.
On Saturday it's the turn of The Human League and the wonderful platinum-selling singer and songwriter Kate Nash. BBC 6Music's cult hero Craig Charles with his Funk&Soul Show, The Beat, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and indie-folk five-piece Eliza and the Bear are also appearing over the weekend.
Cementing Wychwood's position as a family-friendly festival, Cbeebies Ben Faulks, aka Mr Bloom, will bring his show to life on stage. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Telling Centre also returns with its workshop and activity programme.
Graeme Merifield, festival director, says: "Wychwood Festival embarks on its ninth year with what we feel to be the most exciting programme to date of eclectic music, workshops for all the family, the return of the Children's Literature Festival featuring some of the most talented children's authors, the return of the infamous Headphone Disco and a few surprises still up our sleeves."
Weekend tickets cost £120 for adults, £55 for youths and under 10s are free. To book, visit www.wychwoodfestival.com