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The Stranglers to headline Wychwood's 15th birthday bash

Where: Cheltenham Racecourse

When: Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2

The Stranglers will be headlining this year's Wychwood Festival on the Sunday night, it has been announced.

The festival, based at Cheltenham Racecourse, celebrates its 15th year this summer and further acts announced this week include the legendary Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band on the Saturday and Craig Charles with his Funk & Soul Club on Sunday.

The Stranglers need no introduction - with 17 UK top 40 albums and more than 20 top 40 singles to their name, they are one of the only bands originating in the UK punk rock scene who are still playing live and recording today.

A statement from the band said: "We really enjoyed ourselves when we played at Wychwood's 10th birthday bash, and we're delighted to be back to bring on the party for their 15th. Roll on the summer."

Geno Washington was not only a legend on the 1960s live circuit but he undoubtedly still enjoys cult status on the Soul, Blues, R&B and Northern Soul scenes today due to his unsurpassable reputation as a high-energy, inspirational live performer. He's also immortalised in the 1980s Dexys Midnight Runners hit Geno.

Craig Charles is the master purveyor of soul, funk and beyond - and boy does he know his stuff! Craig will be bringing his extensive record collection with classic tracks and new gems and his deep love of the genre, shown in the 10 years DJing prime-time Saturday Funk and Soul Show on 6Music.

On the Hobgoblin Stage on Sunday, Chap-Hop star Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer will be performing. As well as songs about cricket, pipe smoking, high society and interfering with livestock, Mr.B has recorded five long players! He's a YouTube sensation and he's even rapped for Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight.

To the Hobgoblin Stage on Saturday, Wychwood welcomes Penny Mob - Jamie Quinn (Fergie in BBC2's Still Game, and Ian in BAFTA award winning comedy Two Doors Down) and Andrew Mullan - childhood friends who combine guitar pop with the lyrical bite and social commentary of Punk.

Workshops include dance workshops from Danceworks Studio for the whole family - the perfect opportunity to burn off some energy and throw some shapes to impress!

There is also the return of Wychwood's favourite pre-school yoga sessions with Andrea from Tatty Bumpkin; new to the festival are Tiny Wild Fox - a group of actors and interactors who will be running sports, games and activities for the whole family to participate in, and The Olá Samba Bateria bringing a taste of Brazil to Wychwood, with their high-energy workshop and performance on Rio Carnival instruments. Be part of the band in the birthday parade!

Early bird day and weekend tickets for adults are available from just £44 (plus booking fee). For more information, visit https://wychwoodfestival.com/ 

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