HENLEY Festival has announced it is going digital this year - with performances from Will Young, Beverley Knight and Rory Bremner.

The boutique black tie festival, which usually sees thousands of people enjoy live performances over a five-day period in a celebration of UK and international music and arts, is going live on Sunday, July 12.

That Sunday would have been the final day of this year’s festival, but it has had to be postponed because of coronavirus.

Instead, there will be a two-hour evening concert streamed on the festival’s website from 7.30pm.

Wokingham popstar Will Young will perform some of his classic hits including Love Revolution, Joy and Light my fire.

He said: “It’s a pleasure to be able use a home filmed show, the band and I have been working on during lockdown for Henley, a place I’ve performed in and loved.

“I grew up not too far from there, so it is almost a virtual home-town show.”

Soul singer Beverley Knight will perform a short 40 minute concert of her top hits.

There will also be performances from classical pianist Hao Zi Yoh - who started music studies aged three and had performed at Carnegie Hall by he age of 12 - and number one Jazz musician Joe Stilgoe.

Comedy will be provided by Rory Bremner who will perform some new topical material, interviewed by cricket commentator David Gower who said: “As a guest in previous years I have grown to love the atmosphere and diversity of the many talents on show at the Henley Festival so it is a great pleasure to add a little something back with this year’s digital event.”

Festival-goers can watch the digital concert from the comfort of their own homes.

All ticket sales will help to support the not-for-profit festival to continue in 2021.

Established 38 years ago as a classical music charity event, Henley Festival continues to be run on a not for profit basis supporting charitable projects at both a national and local level.

Henley Festival announced back in April that this year’s five day black-tie festival would be postponed in its entirety to July 2021, moving the full 2020 line up to next year including headliners James Blunt, Madness, and Sophie Ellis Bextor.

Anyone who holds tickets to the 2020 festival will be able to use them in 2021.

Henley Festival CEO Nick Mattingley said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer a digital version of Henley Festival for 2020 with some of the UK’s best loved performers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to experience the festival from the comfort of their homes.”

Tickets start at £10.10 and are available to buy from henley-festival.co.uk.

The festival returns in its full glory from July 7 to 11, 2021.