THE FIVE-day Henley Festival (cap. 6,200) is linking-up with BBC Music Introducing for the first time in its 36-year history, as its seeks to give more undiscovered acts a break.
Emerging artistes will open the Floating Stage arena (4,500), set on the Thames-side embankment, each day of the black-tie event, which takes place from 11-15 July.
“We started talking to BBC Introducing last year and it seemed a natural tie-up,” Henley’s artistic director Stewart Collins tells LIVE UK. “They’ve always been very positive and supportive.
“The Floating stage is the headline stage and for a young band to be opening it each night is a high-profile slot and a great opportunity.”
Emerging acts performing will include Alex Green, Cecil, Pearl TN, Lorne and Wolfnote.
“BBC Introducing proposed a long-list and we settled on the acts we felt suited the festival,” says Collins. “It goes completely along with what we are trying to do, in giving new artistes a chance.”
Among festival headliners are Rita Ora, Grace Jones and Nile Rogers + Chic.