Cornbury Festival


What makes a music festival feel truly great? If the line up boasts rock legends, pop idols, soul sensations, surprise guests, national treasures, folk favourites, guilty pleasures, rockabilly revivalists and just a little bit of gentle English eccentricity then you can be certain you’re onto a winner.

This year’s Cornbury Festival has all this and more and is gearing up to be one of the hottest tickets of the summer, especially as the Saturday night headliner is the newly reunited Faces, featuring original members Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan with vocalist Mick Hucknall. This is their only festival appearance in the UK this summer. More legends will be appearing, in the shape of national treasure Ray Davies, 1980s pop legend Cyndi Lauper, the one and only Status Quo and Buffy Sainte Marie.

The new guard is equally strongly represented with: international troubadour James Blunt; the real star of the 2009 X Factor, Olly Murs; Irish superstar Imelda May; and pop princess Eliza Doolittle. Also appearing are folk heroes Bellowhead, disco diva Sophie Ellis Bextor, and perfect Californian popsters The Like.

It’s always good to know many of the people appearing, but a little bit of excited anticipation helps a festival go with a swing - so Sunday afternoon’s line-up will also feature the new secret slot. It’s going to be a very welcome appearance by a legendary band - but that’s all we can say for now!

This will be Cornbury’s 8th year but its first at a new site. The festival has moved to the beautiful village of Great Tew. Nestling in the rolling hills of the Cotswold countryside, the Great Tew Estate is one of Oxfordshire’s most beautiful and ancient sites.

‘It’s been a particularly long road getting to our new home but we’re very excited to be here’ says festival director Hugh Phillimore. ‘We’re proud to present what we think is our best line-up ever’

Cornbury Festival is one of the UK’s ‘cleanest, cosiest’ boutique festivals. It’s very family-orientated, with something for everyone. A quintessentially English festival, it maintains a good natured, inclusive, eclectic and slightly eccentric atmosphere with echoes of an old country fayre or a funky farmer’s market selling lots of fresh rock ‘n’ roll.

2010 Venice Carnival Wins Most Outstanding Spectacle Award

 The 2010 Venice Carnival received the prestigious award “Most Outstanding Spectacle” during the Gala Award Ceremony at the Special Event Awards 2011 held at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The Venice Carnival was once again widely recognized as the most sophisticated and famous carnival worldwide thanks to the Sensation format “ Sensation: 6 sensi per 6 sestrieri ” created by Marco Balich for Venezia Marketing & Eventi and produced by K-events in order to re-launch the Venetian event. The 2010 Venice Carnival drew over a million people and was the most crowded in the last 13 years. 

The Carnival became an extraordinary multi sensorial experience thanks to a perfect combination of arts, music, magic and colors suspended in time and space.   

In the year 2010 more than 340 shows were performed over the course of 11 days: street shows, installations, exhibitions, plus cultural and gastronomic initiatives. 270 accredited journalists attended, 96 of them being foreigners coming from 23 different countries.

Since 1986 the American award has recognized the finest work in special events worldwide. The 2011 Edition received nearly 300 entries in 34 categories from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and the United States of America.

Members of the Special Events Magazine Advisory Board, made up of leaders in the event profession, spent two days in October at the magazine’s offices in Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles), California, to select the 111 finalists.

Marco Balich President of K-events says “I am very proud that the 2010 Venice Carnival received an award as prestigious as the Special Event. I would like to thank Venezia Marketing & Eventi. They allowed me to work for such an incredible event as Artistic Director and they always believed in the Sensation format I created.”