THERE will be something of a heavenly theme for this year's Wychwood Festival,at least if the names of the headline acts are anything to go by.

Coming to Cheltenham Racecourse will be The Divine Comedy at The Christians, and organisers say many other exciting acts will be announced in the big countdown to this May.

A spokesman said: "An Independent festival, established for 16 years, the much loved, Wychwood Festival is a family favourite bringing together a plethora of incredible entertainment for everyone to enjoy including more than 100 acts performing across four stages.

"Starting out as a World & Blues Music Festival, Wychwood has grown to embrace the spectrum of music genres that appeal to the whole family. Still retaining a core of World, Fusion, Blues and Indie music, across several of its stages, Wychwood always bring “divine” discoveries of new bands alongside established performers, along with award winning family activities, workshops, arts, kids entertainment, dance & comedy. In recent years the headliners are always a delightful surprise from a fantastic heritage of mainstream artists and this year, the organisers are proud to announce The Divine Comedy will be headlining the mainstage on Saturday night."

The Divine Comedy are billed as "a chamber pop band" from Northern Ireland.

They are fronted by Neil Hannon and have a famously "ironic stance on pop music"

The spokesman added: "They’ve headlined The Royal Albert Hall and been featured on the soundtracks for Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, The IT Crowd, Tomorrows World & Dr Who. Divine Comedy have racked up 12 top 40 hit singles in a career that has now spanned 3 decades, including; ‘Something For The Weekend’, ‘National Express” & ‘Everybody Knows’.

"The Christians, whose platinum selling debut album in 1987, bought us the hauntingly beautiful hits ‘Hooverville', 'Ideal World' and 'Forgotten Town' add to a very credible musical bonanza, along with returning favourites; Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Merry Hell, Thrill Collins and Basil Brush, whose legendary foxy humour lives on for all generations!

Early Bird Tickets are already sold out, apparently, with day and weekend tickets now on sale.

The festival prides itself on being nominated each year for the Best Family Festival in the UK Festival Awards.

It comes to Cheltenham Racecourse from May 29 to May 31 this year.