Henley Festival's line up announced

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BURT Bacharach and The Jacksons will perform at this year's Henley Festival, it has been announced.

The 85-year-old singer and songwriter will be performing on the Friday night during the five day festival, which is on the banks of the River Thames.

The Jacksons- siblings Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, and Tito- will be playing on the Saturday, Bryan Ferry on the Wednesday and Joss Stone on the Thursday.

The Sunday night artist is yet to be announced for the black tie event which runs from July 9 to 13.

There were talks last year of moving the festival outside the town to Greenlands, but after an outcry from residents, it was decided to keep it at the Regatta site.

Gill Mitchell, CEO of the Henley Festival said: "This will be the 32nd time we have transformed the site of Henley Royal Regatta into a wondrously spectacular and glamorous black tie, music and arts festival.

"With fine dining provided by Albert Roux and his son Michel Roux Jr. and an eclectic programme of music, comedy, visual art and cabaret supporting a top line up of artists on our famous floating stage, this year the bar will be raised even further.

"We are also delighted to welcome The Prince’s Foundation for Children and Arts as our new sister charity, a perfect fit for our own established charitable aims."

For many years the festival has been undertaking imaginative and bespoke projects in the community, targeting the young and under-privileged.

This year they are working with a national sister charity, with a track record second to none when it comes to transforming young lives.

Tickets go on general sale on March 24, visit www.henley-festival.co.uk for further details.

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