Explore the incredible talents and unforgettable performances that have graced our iconic Floating Stage. These artists have left an indelible mark on our history. Take a look through the previous headliners and reminisce on the magic they’ve brought to our floating stage.
In 2023, We were mesmerised by the soulful tone of Rag’N’Bone Man on Wednesday, we were Raised Up by Westlife on Thursday, Freaked Out with Nile Rodgers and CHIC on Friday, danced the night away with Ministry of Sound Classical featuring DJ Danny Rampling on Saturday and on Sunday we jazzed it up with Ronnie Scotts and Vanessa Haynes and floated down the Rivers on Babylon with Boney M!
Rag 'n' Bone Man
Ministry of Sound Classical
Ronnie Scott's & Vanessa Haynes
In 2022 we celebrated 40 Years of Henley Festival with welcoming The Script to the Henley ‘Hall of Fame’ for our opening Wednesday night, Craig David came to Henley on a Thursday, it’s not unusual for Tom Jones to come to Henley Festival, Pete Tong made us dance the night away, Katherine Jenkins floated elegantly across the stage and Jack Savoretti closed our 40th Anniversary celebrations in style!
Pete Tong Ibiza Classics
In 2022, Madness welcomed everyone to the ‘House Of Fun’ for our opening night, James Blunt saw your face in the crowed place, Sophie Ellis-Bextor created absolute Murder On The Dance Floor, Sara Cox made us dance and even conga like no-one was watching and we were all champions with our final show of Don’t Stop Me Now!
Disco Classical featuring Kathy Sledge
Don't Stop Me Now
In 2019, Boy George didn’t really want to hurt us after all, Jessie J made a triumphant return to her ‘favourite festival’, Tom Odell – well you saw him here first, Jo Whiley made us dance like no-one was watching, Bjorn Again had everyone shaking their tail feathers and our ‘Night at the Movies’ showcased the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at it’s very best.
Jo Whiley's 90's Anthems
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
In 2018, Rita lifted us all after the football, Grace put on a spectacle that had to be seen to be believed, Nile had us dancing to every song, Curtis sang Sinatra and joked with Rob Brydon and the ENO closed this year’s Festival with a classical programme worthy of the Coliseum.
English National Orchestra
In 2017, we were labelled as ‘Britain’s hottest spot, with big names at this ‘cut above’ riverside, boutique Festival’ by the Daily Telegraph. Hosting Jess Glynne, the Pet Shop Boys, Chaka Khan, All Saints with Melanie C and Goldie with the Heritage Orchestra.
Pet Shop Boys
Goldie & The Heritage Orchestra
2016 saw Sir Elton John take to our Floating stage followed by fellow headliners; Elvis Costello, Bryn Terfel, Dame Shirley Bassey with boy band Blake and Henley Favourite Will Young.