Wokingham Festival – Ozric Tentacles announced as headliners for Day 3!

Wokingham Festival – Ozric Tentacles announced as headliners for Day 3!

1st July 2024 0 By Jon Deaux

Wokingham Festival has announced its three-day line up featuring a wide range of musical genres including a showcase of some of the best current progressive music artists.

Saturday 24th August to Monday 26th August 2024, Cantley Park, Wokingham, UK

Taking place on Saturday, Sunday & Monday of the August Bank Holiday weekend with over 40 artists appearing, the festival has announced that the Monday line up on August 26th, which focuses on the best of prog & rock, will feature one of the most influential bands to emerge from the 1980’s festival scene, Ozric Tentacles as headliners. The band is the creative vision of multi-instrumentalist, Ed Wynne and their uniquely trippy soundscapes connect fans of progressive rock, psychedelia, and dance culture. Ozric Tentacles released their 17th studio album, ‘Lotus Unfolding’ in October 2023 to great acclaim in in their 40th anniversary year.

Also appearing on the main stage on the day will be That Joe Payne, performing a full band set with his incredible group of musicians, plus The Paradox Twin, Spriggan Mist, Hoopy Frood & Amanda Lehmann.

There is also a second stage with no cross over so that every minute of music on the day can be enjoyed by all. The stage features a great mix of prog, blues & indie from some excellent artists. Headliners are the fast-rising band from the Netherlands, Sonic Whip and there will also be performances from Chloe Mogg, San Demas, Jimmy the Dog & Storm Deva.

Gates open at 11.00 am, Music starts at 12.00 midday and finishes at 8pm on Monday (10.30 on Sat & Sun) so not a late night if working the next day.

The first two days of the festival on the Saturday & Sunday feature a wide range of musical style including tribute artists, cover artists as well as original artists. Original prog and rock will also be represented on those days with Flutatious headlining the second stage on the Sunday, The Room playing the main stage on the Saturday and The Cold Blooded Hearts playing the main stage on the Sunday. There will also be performances from a number of excellent young indie bands.

About Wokingham Festival:

Wokingham Festival was set up over 16 years ago by founder Stan Hetherington, who also runs the renowned Wokingham Music Club and it has built a solid and growing reputation over the years as a quality family-friendly festival run by the community for the community. As well as the music across its two stages there is a great range of food and drink stalls in addition to the well-stocked bar and beer tent.

The festival was traditionally a two-day festival but in 2019 Stan asked Chris Hillman of White Star Records, if he would help set up a new day 3 of the festival to focus on the best of prog and rock. Chris was happy to oblige and the day was so successful that it has continued with 2024 being the 6th year since that first event!

Stan Hetherington has decided to step down from the festival as part of his retirement and has handed over the reins to a new team that will be run by Dean Nelson, known in the prog scene and beyond as manager of Kyros and owner of Generation Studio. Dean and his new team will be assisted with ongoing advice from Stan & Chris.

Chris Hillman spoke about this year’s event:

‘It’s been wonderful to see the reputation of Wokingham Festival growing further since we added a day of prog and rock to the event. The crowd has grown each year so hopefully that means we are doing something right.The aim has been to bring established bands to the area and also to help support up and coming artists in a fun friendly music loving environment. We are really excited that Ozric Tentacles are able to join us this year, alongside a great line up of quality artists’.

Tickets for Wokingham Festival can be purchased via the web site at www.wokinghamfestival.co.uk

For more information and to stay updated on Wokingham Festival, follow their social media at www.facebook.com/wokinghamfestival, www.instagram.com/wokinghamfestival,

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