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Wychwood Festival Review

Photograph of the blog post author, Annika Hope

Annika Hope


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What Is The Wychwood Festival?

An annual celebration of music, arts, and culture, Wychwood Festival is an annual three-day event that takes place in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK. The festival is known for its diverse lineup of music, arts, and cultural performances, as well as its family-friendly atmosphere and beautiful surroundings.

The new home within Cheltenham Racecourse means that there will no longer be walks between the campsite and arena. 


Location and History

Wychwood Festival started in 2005 and has since become one of the most popular festivals in the UK. The festival takes place in the beautiful Cheltenham Racecourse, which provides a stunning backdrop for the event. The festival grounds are surrounded by rolling hills and green fields, making it the perfect location for a weekend of music and relaxation.

The Wychwood Music Festival was launched with the aim of creating an intimate and thrilling weekend festival experience featuring the best acts of the day, up-and-coming music, and unique programming. It quickly gained a national audience and reputation for its eclectic mix of music and creative programming.

‘An excellent hybrid of the Big Chill, WOMAD and The Cambridge Folk Festival.’ – TIME OUT

Wychwood 2022

After a brief interlude they finally made their triumphant return, having spent 2 years sitting at home thinking about nothing other than Wychwood they couldn’t wait to get back! As such they did so with a bang! They had the biggest year ever with thousands of smiling Wychwooders and it also featured the biggest line-up yet with headliners Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Levellers and Deacon Blue. Alongside them they had Boney M, The Selecter, The Undertones, Peter Hook & The Light, The South, The Real Thing, Dreadzone, Skerryvore, Doctor & The Medics, Lottery Winners, Tankus The Henge and so much more!

Taking place over the Jubilee weekend they had to move Basil Brush’s performance day so he could go sit on a bus through central London, a new one for them!

As ever they had a massive offering of activities, workshops, kids authors, wellness activities and more. I have to say, 2023 was just as big. They really delivered this year. 

The festival also includes a dedicated children’s area, with a range of activities and entertainment for kids of all ages.

When & Where?

This festival took place earlier this year at the Cheltenham racecourse on the fri, 2 June 2023 – sun, 4 June 2023. you can start to book tickets already for next year. The dates will be from the 31st may–2nd June 2024.


Wychwood Festival – Aftermovie 

Ticket System

Wychwood Festival offers a variety of ticket options to suit every budget and preference. General admission tickets are available for the full three days of the festival, as well as for individual days. VIP tickets are also available, which provide access to exclusive areas and amenities, including a private bar, luxury toilets, and a dedicated entrance.

All e-Tickets will be sent out 7-10 days before the festival.

Official Ticket Sellers for Wychwood Festival 2023 are:

  • Kaboodle – After tickets have been emailed out you may also download them via your Kaboodle account.
  • Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
  • Gigantic
  • The Ticket Factory
  • Ticketline
  • Ticketweb
  • We Got Tickets

You can buy early bird tickets for 2024 using this link here


Wychwood Festival is known for its eclectic lineup of music, arts, and cultural performances. The festival features a mix of established and up-and-coming artists from a range of genres, including indie, folk, rock, and world music. Past performers have included The Levellers, The Waterboys, and The Stranglers, among others.In addition to music, Wychwood Festival also features a range of cultural and arts performances, including comedy, theatre, and spoken word. 

2023 Line-up


Happy Mondays – Friday Headliner

Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays is a British rock band formed in 1980s. The band consists of Shaun Ryder, Bez, Gary Whelan, Paul Ryder, Mark Day, Rowetta and Dan Broad. They are known for their fusion of alternative rock, funk, and dance music, and were a prominent figure in the Madchester scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Some of their most popular songs include “Step On”, “Kinky Afro”, and “Hallelujah”. They have released several albums throughout their career, including “Bummed”, “Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches”, and “Yes Please!”.

Travis – Saturday Headliner


Travis is a Scottish alternative rock band formed in 1990. The band consists of Fran Healy (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Dougie Payne (bass guitar, backing vocals), Andy Dunlop (lead guitar, banjo, backing vocals), and Neil Primrose (drums, percussion). They have released nine studio albums and are known for hit songs such as “Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” and “Sing.”

Sam Ryder – Sunday Headliner

Sam Ryder

Sam Ryder is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. He first gained attention with his debut EP “Strings Attached” in 2017, which featured his distinctive blend of folk, pop, and soul. His music has been praised for its heartfelt lyrics, soulful vocals, and intricate guitar work. Ryder has since released several singles, including “Whirlwind” and “Tiny Riot,” and has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe. He is known for his captivating live performances and has been compared to artists such as Ed Sheeran and James Bay.

Across the weekend, there will be performances from the likes of Ash, Melanie C, Soul II Soul, Scouting For Girls, The Beat, Toploader, The Dualers, Republica, The Electric Swing Circus and Mr Motivator.

‘There were only good vibes on show throughout the weekend and with a family friendly focus there was enough to keep the kids entertained while allowing parents a bit of a break and some fantastic bands. It’s a relatively small festival and that suits it to the ground.’


Food is important to get right at festivals because it is a major part of the overall experience for attendees. Good food can enhance the enjoyment of the event, while bad food can detract from it. 

There were plenty of food trucks available for all the festival goers, such as the; The Crab Shack, Chockshop, Django’s Smokehouse, Feed The Village, “Oh Babu”, That’s Nacho Burrito, Churros Hermanos. 

Django’s Smokehouse

Wychwood Partners

Wychwood Festival operator Tribe Festivals has appointed Proud Events as production partners for the event. 

There is a 10,000-capacity at the festival, so there has to be some serious organization by Proud Events.

“Wychwood is a fantastic well established event, that has been operating since 2005, we can’t wait to join their team for the upcoming year,” said Proud in a statement.

Headed by founding partner and director of events and special projects Ben Whur, Proud Events has worked on events across Europe including The Cambridge Club Festival, Hideout Festival and Rolling Loud.


For any general enquiries about the festival please contact: [email protected]


Tribe Festivals Ltd

46 Market Square



OX28 6AL

Ticket Queries 

Please contact [email protected]


Wychwood Festival is a must-attend event for anyone who loves music, arts, and culture. With its stunning location, diverse lineup, and family-friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder that the festival has become one of the most popular events in the UK. Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or a first-timer, Wychwood Festival is sure to provide a weekend of unforgettable memories and experiences.


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