Music, entertainment, fitness, cookery demonstrations and Henley’s own Family Fortunes quiz show will be all part of the two-day Henley Lockdown Fest taking place on 2-3 May #bringhappinesshome. The event will be raising money for the NHS and local charity, Riverside Counselling.
Jayson Jaurigue (JJ) came up with the idea for the event who runs Eight Ray Music, a music agency based in Henley. JJ is no stranger to organising Henley community music events as he helped organise Music on the Meadows in 2013, 2014 and 2016, an event for young musicians to showcase their talent.
JJ said, “I’ve been trying to find ways since the start of the lockdown to bring positivity and happiness back into people’s homes. Henley Lockdown Fest will be a 2 day online live streaming event coming directly to your home. I wouldn’t be able to make this happen without the partners and sponsors involved, so huge thanks to them for giving up their time for free. Now let’s raise as much money as we can.”
The event will be opened on Saturday morning by former Olympic skier, and Henley resident, Graham Bell and will include acoustic music sessions from Katie Moberly, Megan Henwood, pianist and composer Okiem and former Atomic Kitten, Natasha Hamilton. On Saturday, there will also be a yoga session and cooking demos from Paul Clerehugh from the Crooked Billet and Tom Westerland from Crockers Henley. Saturday night will finish with a DJ house party set from local DJ, Jamie Taylor.
Sunday will see more music entertainment from Ben Lee (frontman of The Revue), singer-songwriter Etham from Reading, and Adam Isaac who appeared on series 1 of The Voice. Other sessions on Sunday will be see local children’s entertainer, Bertie Slippers give a fun for all the family session including music, puppets and dancing, a masterclass cookery session from Shaun Dickens and a silver jewellery demonstration from young people from the Bishopsland Educational Trust. Bobby Davino, Henley’s answer to Bob Monkhouse will host a Family Fortunes quiz show on Sunday night between 7-8.00pm. The fest will close on Sunday with a funky house music set from Ben Ofoeduo (former lead singer of the duo Phats & Small).