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14TH JULY 2013



Stepping out as a solo artist back in 2009, it was immediately and abundantly clear that Paloma Faith was the complete (and petite) package. A captivating chanteuse, a rabble-rousing entertainer and theatrical fashion chameleon, Faith’s debut album, ‘Do You Want the Truth, or Something Beautiful?’ remains a glossy collection of retro-referencing soul and sassy pop.

From the brass-blasted stomp of ‘Stone Cold Sober’, to the epic sweep of her biggest chart hit ‘New York’, the record went on to sell over half a million copies, earning Faith a nomination for Best British Female at the Brit Awards and the honour of closing the 2011 ceremony singing with Cee-Lo Green. At the behest of Chaka Khan, Faith performed ‘I’m Every Woman’ in front of 50,000 people and earned plaudits from Annie Lennox, who selected Faith join her onstage in support of International Women’s Day.

So much more than just a standard pop artist, one of this 26-year-old’s greatest assets is her wicked and wry sense of humour, she’s outspoken and unafraid: she has an opinion. As an artist she pulls from a wide range of sources, her experiences diverse. With a degree in contemporary dance and a Masters in Time Based Arts from Central St Martin’s, Faith is tri-lingual (English, Italian, and conversational Spanish), and a talented actress to boot (she played the romantic foil to Tom Waits’ Devil in the Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus’). You’re as likely to find Faith on the red carpet or on the fashion front row as judging London’s Next Top Tranny at the local working men’s club.



What ho chaps and chapesses, lets celebrate with a glass of Lemonade and a spot of Pimms that The Casablanca Steps are performing at this years Henley Festival. Not an easy catch, one might say, trying to lure these bounders from their lives of luxury, but one that they could not resist when they heard what an absolutely splendid audience awaited them.

Their madcap quintessentially English take on songs from the 1920s and 30s is certainly a performance not to be missed, and will leave you wondering if you have stepped into some kind of  timewarp when the “Charleston” was all the rage and the swells were “Putting On The Ritz”.

With over 35 TV shows throughout the UK and Europe to their credit. they have entertained in festivals, theatres, corporate events and private parties worldwide with great acclaim, and have entertained on some of the worlds finest cruise ships including the legendary QE2. Their more recent maritime experience was entertaining for the launch of the new Queen Elizabeth in the presence of HRH the Queen. It is not the first time they have rubbed shoulders with celebrities and Royalty, with them being personal favourites of Prince Philip after their performance for him at St James Palace, and also performing with French & Saunders and Mark Owen from Take That on The Kelly Show and The Late Late Show in Ireland.

Wooten, Clarke, Archie and Pico dare one not to be entertained, and look forward to inviting you into their boudoir.



Africa Entsha were discovered busking in the parts of Johannesburgh rarely visited. A blessing for all. As Soweto Entsha they were captured in the limelight in 2010 performing at the World Cup opening ceremony. The following year they were wowing audiences in France, Cuba and Edinburgh Fringe, scooping “the best performance  at the Fringe award”. Since then the group have decided to change their name to Africa Entsha (new Aafrica in “Zulu language”), wishing to fly the African flag and represent their continent as a whole.



Rich Hall is the star of the critically acclaimed BBC 4 documentaries ‘Rich Hall’s Inventing The Indian’, ‘Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters’, ‘Rich Hall’s The Dirty South’’, ‘How The West Was Lost’  plus Channel 4’s topical late night show ‘Stand Up For The Week’.

Rich Hall’s renowned grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and king of rapid-fire wit. Fans can see the comic genius from Montana discuss a variety of topics all delivered in his own hilarious unique way.

Since appearing in the guise of his redneck alter-ego Otis Lee Crenshaw in 1998, award-winning Rich has won critical acclaim across the Globe by performing to sell-out audiences each year at the Edinburgh Fringe, throughout sell-out UK tours and at comedy festivals worldwide.
Rich has also become well known for his television and radio work. Notable UK appearances include regular appearances on ‘Stand Up For The Week’ (Channel 4), ‘QI’ (BBC1/2), ‘Live At The Apollo’ (BBC1), ‘Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The O2’, ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC1), ‘Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive’ (BBC4), ‘Rich Hall’s Gone Fishing’ (BBC4), ‘Otis Lee Crenshaw – London Not Tennessee’ (BBC2) and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ (BBC2).



As night falls a magical finale event created specially by the festival featuring the mysterious beauty of Ray Lee's 'celestial choir of spinning sound machines', an elegant trio of stilt walking Optioscopes, and the musical magnificence of the 35 strong corps of drummers who came together to create one of the most memorable moments of the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. All performed to the profoundly moving sound track  'And I will Kiss…' by Rick Smith of Underworld. Please note this event will not include an aerial firework show.



The Shellac Sisters are four glamorous ladies who dj using original 1920's wind-up gramophones.
With a passion for 1920's-1950's music, fashion and dancing, their vast collection of 78's covers an eclectic range of vintage delights… big band swing by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and The Andrews Sisters, Hollywood movie classics from Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra, jumping jive with Cab Calloway and Louis Jordan, Speakeasy favourites by Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Fats Waller, cheeky music hall acts and novelties such as The Lambeth Walk and Tea for Two, rock'n'roll from Elvis and bombshell hits by Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and Etta James, latin exotics with Carmen Miranda and Perez Prado, Jazz greats from Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Sydney Bechet, Edith Piaf and Tommy Dorsey … tea dancing foxtrots, tango, charleston, quicksteps, blackbottoms, cockney knees ups and stardust!
The Shellac Sisters have performed in some of the country's most fabulous venues including Claridges Hotel, The Savoy, The Dorchester, Simpsons on the Strand, Abbey Road Studios, Fulham Palace, Kenwood House, Tate Britain, The National Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Academy of Arts and the Victoria & Albert Museum…
Old fashioned gorgeousness in every way!

10:00PM - 11:30PM


Mojo Filter is the production guise of Ben Zaven Crane. Since his meteoric rise into the remix elite, Ben has performed far and wide bringing together a wealth of dancefloor experience to as many occasions as you could imagine. From regal affairs to national sporting events - there is dancefloor waiting to happen with his name on it.

Whilst defining his style may be tricky, suffice to say the results are all to evident. From 50's swing to 60's sha-wing, 70's glam to 80's sham right up to modern day classics, Mojo Filter hones the tools of dance to provide both insight and intrigue into a practical understanding of dance music from the floor, up.. Creatively, he is also renown for his crafty remixes of classic tunes revitalising and invigorating them for those special moments of realisation where everything comes together. Like an adventure playground, Mojo's dancefloors are full until the end keeping everyone guessing and moving until the cows come home. Which, when they do, often join in!

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