Preview: Wychwood Festival 2015

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The first acts for Wychwood Festival 2015 have been announced by organisers.

Legendary reggae band UB40, Scottish brothers The Proclaimers and British vocalist and musician Ghostpoet are among the artists performing at the family-friendly festival.

Held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Wychwood Festival 2015 will take place 29-31 May. Other acts appearing across the weekend include Dreadzone, Electric Swing Circus, Rusty Shackle and Fickle Friends.

Headlining the main stage on the Saturday are the newly-reunited founding members of UB40. Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue are expected to perform hits such as “Red Red Wine”, “Kingston Town” and “Falling in Love With You”.

Also playing the main stage on the Saturday are The Proclaimers. The pair, who are best known for tracks including “500 Miles” and “I’m On My Way”, most recently worked on a Christmas charity single, a cover of The Farm’s “All Together Now”, which reached #70 in the Official UK Singles Chart.

Meanwhile, 2011 Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet will headline the Big Top Stage on the same night.

Speaking about the announcement, festival director Graeme Merifield said, “We are hugely excited to welcome UB40 (with the exceptionally talented Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue back together) for what I have no doubt will be an incredible Saturday headline performance on our Wychwood main stage.”

Wychwood Festival celebrated its tenth birthday in 2014, which saw performances from the likes of The Boomtown Rats, The Levellers, The Stranglers and Craig Charles.

Merifield added: “The tenth birthday celebration this year was an absolute delight and, with this firmly in our mind, Wychwood 2015 is set for even bigger and better things.”

Early bird tickets, which range from £18 to £119, are available until Wednesday, December 31st, 2014. Further acts are expected to be announced in the New Year. You can find out more about Wychwood Festival 2015 on the official website.

University of Lincoln Journalism graduate David Wriglesworth is a Social Media Manager at tgi MEDIA in Darlington and is the founder of What’s On Darlington – a community hub for the town of Darlington.