HENLEY-in-Arden will be jumping this bank holiday weekend to the sounds of rock, pop, jazz, and country music for the town's first ever four-day music festival.
Every one of the 45 performances at the inaugural Henley Music and Arts Festival - which opens at 4.45pm today - is free to enter.
Top acts include Andy Bennett, from Birmingham-based band Ocean Colour Scene, as well as Julian Smith, the saxophone player from ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
There is a chance to see local musicians Joe Cope, Amy Jones and Izzie Glen, while on Saturday Keith James is providing a tribute to local legend Nick Drake.
Opening the festival today at the Costa coffee shop on High Street are Birmingham’s own rock superstar Bev Bevan of ELO and Midlands comedian Malcolm Stent.
The festival programme has been designed to appeal to all age groups and there are hopes that it will become a regular bank holiday feature in the years ahead.
Henley County Councillor Mike Perry said: “Already there is a great buzz and lots of interest in the Henley Festival and we are hoping to attract many visitors to Henley to enjoy the music."
Twelve venues are being used throughout the weekend, including pubs, restaurants, coffee shops and even bakeries.
To find out more visit www.henleymusicfestival.co.uk
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