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One of the most instantly recognised groups of the last 30 years, the Lightning Seeds have had a career any upcoming band or musician would dream of.
Having first hit the chart with the incredible Pure in 1989 it was hit after hit after hit for this Liverpool band, fronted by Ian Broudie.
By the mid-1990’s, with the release of the album Jollification, the Lightning Seeds had become a firm fixture on UK radio with classic songs such as Change, The Life Of Riley, Lucky You and Marvellous.
So popular were the Lightning Seeds in the 90’s that when the FA were looking to commission a band to write an England song for the Euro ’96 tournament it was Broudie and the Lightning Seeds that got the call. They agreed, but only if comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel could also be part of it. The rest, as they say, is history. Three Lions went on to become the most sung football anthem of all time, a tradition that still stands to this very day.
As Wentworth Festival takes place on Saturday 6th June 2020, it will be less than a week before the start of Euro 2020.
We can’t think of a better way to close our 4th festival than with the performers of a song that everyone, of all ages, can sing every word to… #ItsComingHome
Next year sees the movie release of the hugely successful musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, written by The Feeling front man Dan Gillespie Sells, so we are thrilled to secure The Feeling as one of our Main Stage headliners for 2020.
Having got their first big break by performing on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show in 2006 The Feeling went on to become one of the biggest selling bands of the 21st century.
After reaching the Top 10 with their debut single, Sewn, further hits followed with Fill My Little World, Never Be Lonely, Love It When You Call, Rose and I Thought It Was Over.
Not only will everybody be talking about Jamie in 2020, everybody will also be talking about the music of The Feeling so we look forward to singing along with them in June!
Bang Bang Romeo
We’ll let you into a little secret… Bang Bang Romeo were actually booked to appear at Wentworth Festival in 2019. However, just weeks before our gig, they called us up full of apologies. Not a text, not an email, but a good old-fashioned phone call. They were having to pull out because, on the day of our festival, they were flying out to support PINK on tour!!! They even tried to rearrange the flights to Amsterdam, their first date with Pink, so they could still perform for us before leaving, bless their hearts. Ultimately however the timing just didn’t work, but we of course gave them our full blessing and support and they promised they’d be back for us.
We are absolutely thrilled and honoured they kept their promise and we can’t wait to welcome them to Wentworth Festival 2020.
Fronted by vocal powerhouse Anastasia Walker and also featuring guitarist Ross Cameron and drummer Richard Gartland, Bang Bang Romeo are a propelling force for female-fronted bands in a male dominated music industry.
Anastasia’s voice in unrivalled and the groups larger than life performances are sending audiences wild up and down the country, leaving them with jaws dropped and often reduced to tears, as you’ll know if you attended one of the two sell-out Pink shows at Wembley Stadium last June.
We can assure you Bang Bang Romeo is a name you’re going to be hearing loads in the years to come and we can’t wait for you to see them perform on our Main Stage at Wentworth.
Following in the footsteps of the incredible Southmartins and Soul Sensation, we are thrilled to welcome the most sought after, hard working and renowned Madness tribute band in Europe to our Tea-Time Tribute slot, Complete Madness.
Having performed together now for over 20 years Complete Madness expertly cascade all of the nuttiest sounds around in to one amazingly produced show.
Baggy Trousers, One Step Beyond, House Of Fun, Embarrassment, Night Boat To Cairo, It Must Be Love, Driving In My Car, My Girl, Our House, Wings Of A Dove…
There isn’t a person on the planet who doesn’t know the music of Madness, which is why this show is guaranteed to get everyone of all ages partying in front of the Wentworth Festival Main Stage.
For over two decades Dario G has produced dance anthems that have become famous across the world, meaning you will instantly be familiar with his work.
It all started when debut hit Sunchyme became the soundtrack to the scorching summer of 1997, which reached number 2 in the UK and knocked Aretha Franklin off the top spot in the US Dance Chart.
Carnaval de Paris was released shortly afterwards and quickly became the unofficial anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France before Sunmachine, a collaboration with David Bowie, gave Dario G yet another US Dance Chart number 1.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest DJ’s and performers, and with Wentworth Festival taking place just six days before the start of UEFA Euro 2020, we guarantee Dario G’s live show will fetch the perfect carnival atmosphere to our amazing summer party.
Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)… We can’t think of a better phrase to sum up the ethos of Wentworth Festival, and in 2020 we are delighted to be joined by the artist who gave us that very anthem, an anthem that went on to become a Top 10 hit in over 30 countries and reached Number 1 on the US Dance Chart.
Further hits from the Everybody’s Free album included Faith (In The Power Of Love) and Are You Ready To Fly, leading to Rozalla being asked to support Michael Jackson on the European leg of his Dangerous tour before recording I Love Music, the theme song to the Al Pacino & Sean Penn film Carlito’s Way.
After re-entering the chart numerous times over the years with various remixes of her biggest hit, Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) is widely regarded as one of the biggest dance classics of all time and we can’t wait to sing it with pride in front of our Main Stage in 2020.
With an impressive EIGHT hit singles under his belt by the mid-1990s, Kenny Thomas has gone on to become one of the most widely recognised and well respected British soul voices of all time.
The son of a professional boxer, Kenny got his big break thanks to a chance conversation between his father and a fellow boxing enthusiast, who also happened to be a music manager, and the rest is history.
Within weeks Kenny signed a deal with Cooltempo Records, scoring his first UK hit in 1991 with Outstanding. Two more hits followed that year, Best Of You and the song that became Kenny’s biggest hit Thinking About Your Love, all of which featured on his debut album Voices which reached the top 3 and sold over 300,000 copies. This lead to Best British Male and Best Newcomer nominations at the BRIT Awards in 1992.
Since then Kenny has gone on to tour and share the stage with some of the biggest soul voices of all time including Bobby Womack, Patrice Rushen, Beverley Knight, Shalamar, Lisa Stansfield and Alexander O’Neal to name just a few.
Most recently Kenny Thomas has been the lead vocalist for Living In A Box, replacing original singer Richard Darbyshire, meaning Kenny is now in demand for concerts and festivals across the world both with the band and as a solo artist. We look forward to his outstanding performance at Wentworth 2020.
Having scored a string of massive dance hits in the 1980’s Hazell Dean established herself as the Queen Of Clubs, not just in the UK but also across the globe!
After scoring her first huge hit with Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) in 1984, which reached number 6 and stayed on the chart for 15 weeks, she then gave Stock Aitken Waterman their first top 10 hit with her follow-up single Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)
With chart success across Europe, South Africa, Australia and the Far East Hazell then found even more success in America. After topping the US Dance Chart for five weeks with Searchin’, further hits followed with Better Off Without You, Love Pains and the song Florida dance stations dubbed the Miami Anthem, They Say It’s Gonna Rain.
Further UK success came with hit singles Who’s Leaving Who, Maybe (We Should Call It A Day) and Turn It Into Love and in 2012 Hazell was asked by Pete Waterman to perform as one of the headline acts at Hit Factory Live, alongside Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Rick Asytley, to celebrate 25 years of PWL Records at London’s O2 Arena.
A hugely in-demand artist at live gigs, including 30 years of Pride celebrations worldwide, we cannot wait to welcome the Queen Of Hi-NRG to our Wentworth party in 2020.
Due to increased popular demand, we are thrilled that Soul Sensation will be joining us for their third successive year at Wentworth Festival.
Having first performed for us back in 2018 they became one of the most talked about acts on the entire line-up.
Fronted by American Cris Quammie, who now resides in the UK and whose fans include Lenny Kravitz and Motown founder Berry Gordy, Soul Sensation know exactly how to take the party to another level and that is why we can’t wait to have them back in 2020.
2020 marks 25 years since the explosion of Britpop and to mark that occasion we’re proud to announce one of the most successful bands from that whole Britpop era of the 90’s.
There wasn’t a festival during the 90’s that Space didn’t play at, sharing the stage with both Blur and Oasis, at the height of their success.
Their debut album Spiders sold almost a million copies within a year and spawned huge chart hits such as Female Of The Species, Neighbourhood, Dark Clouds and Me And You Versus The World. Further hits followed with We’ve Gotta Get Outta This Place and the duet with Cerys Matthews of Catatonia, The Ballad Of Tom Jones.
They will be an amazing addition to our Main Stage line up at Wentworth Festival in 2020.
Jive Bunny’s 80s & 90s Party… Live!
In the late 80’s Rotherham’s very own Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers became only the third ever act, after Gerry & The Pacemakers and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, to have their first three singles reach Number 1 in the UK!
Blending together some of the biggest party classics of all time and fronted by the loveable character of Jive Bunny, this South Yorkshire act struck a chord with entire families around the world and scored an impressive ELEVEN hit singles in the UK alone between 1989 and 1991.
Over the last ten years the Jive Bunny Live shows have been in huge demand at festivals and holiday destinations all across Europe, bringing together an impressive video show combined with live dancers and, for the first time ever, their appearance at Wentworth Festival will also feature some amazing live vocal performances. It will be the perfect way to kick-start the afternoon party at Wentworth 2020…