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.

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