Sister Sledge and The Coral among latest Wychwood big names

By Barrie Hudson - 21 February 2024

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    Sister Sledge

The organisers of the Wychwood family festival at Cheltenham Racecourse have announced the latest acts to sign up.

Sharleen Spiteri of Texas

Sister Sledge, The Coral, Corinne Bailey Rae, Seth Lakeman, CBBC's Hacker T Dog and Katie Thistleton and comedian Shazie Mirza join previously announced headliners including Texas, Ocean Colour Scene and Seasick Steve.

The festival will run from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June.

Sister Sledge will headline on the Friday Night. Hailing from Philadelphia, sisters Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim became household names and a symbol of unity with their 1979 world-wide hit and iconic album ‘We are Family’. 

The multi-lead vocal group are responsible for some of the biggest dance anthems of all time. Lost in Music, He’s the Greatest Dancer and Thinking of You are universally cherished songs that bring people together in love, life and soulful groove.

The Coral will join Texas on the Saturday. Emerging during the early 2000s, their eponymously titled 2002 debut album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and listed in the top 5 albums of the year by NME. Their second album, Magic and Medicine, produced four UK Top 20 singles, including festival anthem Pass It On. 

The band recently released - to much critical acclaim - two albums of 60s-soaked psych-folk, Sea Of Mirrors and Holy Joe’s Coral Island Medicine Show.

Festival favourite Seth Lakeman will be joining the bands on the main stage on the Sunday. The performance will celebrating 20 years since the release of Kitty Jay, the album that marked Seth’s pioneering musical journey, bringing folk music to a new, younger audience, paving the way for the brilliant array of folk artists populating the mainstream music space today.

CBBC's Hacker T Dog & Katie Thistleton will kick Sunday's proceedings off on the Main Stage with a chance for meet and greets after the show. The multiple BAFTA award nominated Hacker T Dog is now the longest serving CBBC presenter EVER, having been at the channel for more than 14 years.

He is nnow teamed up with BBC Radio 1 host and former CBBC co-presenter Katie Thistleton for his first ever DJ show, and fans can expect the biggest party anthems and the greatest children's television themes of all time, as him and Katie take to the decks

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae completes the Friday main stage music line up. The festival's new music offering on the revamped Garden Stage for 2024 extends to Lime Garden on Friday night along with local artists Devon and Jo Hill. 

Melin Meylin & Brogeal join the Sunday line up.Award winning stand up comedian and writer Shazia Mirza, well-known for her appearances on BBC's Have I Got News For You, joins the Friday night late-night comedy line up.

Already announced - Texas, will headline Saturday 1 June, and hugely popular enduring indie favourites Ocean Colour Scene will headline Sunday 3 June. 

Other acts across the weekend include Seasick Steve, Lightning Seeds, The Bootleg Beatles, Stornoway, Peter Hook & The Light, Kevin Rowland’s Dexy’s, The Feeling, multi-platinum selling pop band The Hoosiers, Sunderland Punk quartet The Futureheads, Scottish powerhouse Callum Beattie, fan favourites Thrill Collins, comedian Marcus Brigstocke and Mr Motivator, who will be back for the ultimate main stage Saturday morning workout .

2024 sees the second year return of the much loved Howlin’ Pete's venue which houses some of the biggest parties and activities across the weekend. Including the return of the ever popular Barrioke feat Shaun Williamson, NOASIS, Junior Jungle, Hip Hop Karaoke and The Daniel Wakeford Experience.

Wychwood will present more than 100 activities and workshops for families of all ages across the weekend. 

Now on a new and improved site at Cheltenham Racecourse, Early Bird, Tier 1 and Tier 2 tickets have already sold out. Tier 4 tickets start at £159.50 plus booking fee for adults and £79.50 for children aged 10-15. Children under 10 go free.

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