Sting is set to open the 30th Henley Festival

The UK’s most magical summer party, 4 – 8 July 2012
Performers announced: Sting, Lulu, Olly Murs, Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, Tim Minchin and the London Gospel Community Choir
 5 nights, 7 stages, 4 art galleries, Albert and Michel Roux Jr dining and 25,000 revellers
This years Henley Festival, which is to be held on the 4th-8th July, and promises to be five magical nights of star studded entertainment. This strictly black tie event held on the banks of the Thames has announced their line-up for this years festival, the 30th to be held.
The festival will be opened on the 4th July by Sting, an appearance will also be made by the Welsh singing sensation Katherine Jenkins. Other performers will be the acclaimed opera sand Les Miserables star Alfie Boe, and the musical comedian from Australia Tim Minchin. 60’s star Lulu and the London Community Gospel Choir will also be wowing he crowds, until the festival is brought to a close on the 8th by X Factor finalist Olly Murs.
The Henley Festival is by far the most glamorous summer party in the UK and the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside is the perfect setting. Tickets for the festival go on sale to the public on the 15th March or if you aren’t prepared to wait, become a ‘friend of the Henley Festival’ and get your tickets before they go on general sale.
You can purchase your tickets from www.henley-festival.co.uk, or the Festival box office on 01491 843404.
Tickets priced from £35 per day.  All Festival profits go to local charities [details below].
This year the Festival is celebrating 30 years at the heart of the English summer season and has announced a line up like never before. 
Composer, singer, author, actor, activist – Sting  was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums, earned six Grammy awards, and in 2003 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since 1985, Sting has released 13 solo albums. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his solo career, 25 Years, the definitive box set collection, was recently released. The Best Of 25 Years is also available as a double disc. Sting has sold nearly 100 million albums from his combined work with the Police and as a solo artist and has earned an additional 10 Grammy awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and three Oscar nominations.  This summer, Sting will perform many of his most celebrated hits at the Henley Festival on July 4, 2012.
Aside from the headline acts, black tie revellers will enjoy candlelit dinning at award winning chefs Albert and Michel Roux Jr’s riverside restaurant or have a more relaxed bite at one of the Festival’s six other restaurants.  Along the riverbank world-class acts [full details below] from the worlds of jazz, opera, pop, theatre, comedy, cabaret and literature entertain while pop-up art boutiques and sculpture lawns bring major galleries and artists to the Festival – a unique ‘collectors’ concierge’ provides advice and introductions to those looking to buy.
The headline acts are closed each night by a dazzling firework display before partygoers dance into the night at the Festival’s resident nightclub.
Henley-on-Thames is 60 minutes from London by train, (or 10 minutes by helicopter to the Festival’s helipad).  Many guests choose to make a weekend of it and stay in one of the many five star hotels in Henley or nearby [more details below].
Henley Festival 2012 acts:
Cabaret and performance:
Among the stand-up comedy acts on offer are Have I got News for you! regular Dr Phil Hammond, Fascinating Aïda star Sarah-Louise Young, and charismatic Canadian comedic Craig Campbell.
The Festival’s signature cabaret acts, The Roving Company of Eccentrica, will amuse, entertain, surprise and shock guests with their unique brand of street performances, spread throughout the Festival’s grounds.
World-class dining:
Revellers enjoy candlelit summer nights dining at Albert and Michelin Starred Michel Roux Jr’s festival riverside Roux restaurant, try the Terrace Restaurant or Café du Soir, (no booking required) – or have a more relaxed bite to eat at one of the Festival’s street-food concessions.
FEAST! Contemporary arts programme
Pop up art boutiques and sculpture lawns bring major galleries and artists to the festival and a ‘collectors concierge’ provides advice and introductions to those looking to buy.  The Festival’s Visual Arts Programme includes FEAST! – an exceptional range of selling exhibitions – including the Festival’s famous Sculpture gardens – that showcases major international established artists and emerging talent.
2012 highlights include:

The serious surrealism of Alexander Vorobyev
Abstract contemporary art by Jeffrey Kroll and Nicolas Ruston
The Festival’s annual sculpture garden featuring the work of British sculptor Roland Piche and Auguste Rodin’s iconic masterpiece The Thinker.
“Carbon Art” specialist Alastair Gibson
Aboriginal Art from Australia
Body painted optical illusions created live by Kiwi artist Emma Hack

All profits to charity
The Henley Festival is a not for profit organisation.  All profits raised go to local and national charities across the Thames Valley. This includes creating and funding the Henley Festival Orchestra which provides over 80 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with a musical instrument, tuition and performance opportunities throughout the year.  The Henley Festival Orchestra also enjoys the opportunity to work with outstanding international performers including Nigel Kennedy and Jon Lord.
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Stewart Collins, Henley Festival Artistic Director said: “To celebrate the Festival’s landmark birthday we’ve really pulled out all the stops.  This year’s programme promises to be one of our most sensational to date – after all, 30 years is an achievement for any event and we wanted to see our guests celebrate in style. The Henley Festival is renowned for leaving our guests with magical memories and this will be an unmissable year for regulars and newcomers alike.’
The Henley Festival is sponsored by Invesco Perpetual, Westcoast, Lavazza Coffee, Goodhead and Courtiers, the Festival showcases some of the best loved artists and performers from the classical, jazz and contemporary music world, as well as talent drawn from the global cultural scene, from sculpture and street theatre acts to poetry and art.