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Cornbury Festival 2016

The one-of-a-kind Cornbury Music Festival

The 13th Cornbury Music Festival (8-10 July 2016) at Great Tew Park, Nr Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Cornbury Music Festival’s classic line-up this year is packed with true legends, rising stars, must-sees, original rockers, awesome live performers – a lot of big hitters.

Topping the bill on Saturday is the most elegant man in music Mr Bryan Ferry, along with wealth of cool women; pioneering Gospel diva Mavis Staples, purveyor of The Power of Love Gabrielle Aplin and original alt-country star Lucinda Williams.

Cornbury favourites, British country stars The Shires make a welcome return, whilst dreamy songsters Turin Brakes bring a blend of new and old sounds. Sealing the bill are trio Red Sky July (husband and wife duo Ally McErlaine [Texas] and Shelly Poole [Alisha’s Attic]) and folky newcomers Cattle & Cane.

After his triumph as surprise special guest last year, SEAL returns with his own headline slot on Sunday, along with celebrated singer-songwriter James Morrison and guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner. 60s rock combo The Zombies join the stellar cast, as does Lighthouse Family frontman Tunde to revisits the band’s classic catalogue.

Cornbury perennials STAXS return to their regular Sunday slot, with bets already being taken on who their star guest will be this year. Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott showcases his new band, Kelvin Jones brings a soulful edge, and musicals star Ramin Karimloo makes his major UK festival debut with a touch of bluegrass. Probably the best party band in the World – Bjorn Again – close the festival from the Songbird Stage in true ABBA style.

‘It really is a classic Cornbury line-up – seriously great artists’, enthuses festival promoter Hugh Phillimore. ‘Of course I’m delighted that Bryan Ferry has agreed to join us and thrilled that Seal couldn’t wait to come back and treat us to a full headline set. We’re also excited to welcome a host of incredible female artists across the generations – Gabrielle Aplin, Lucinda Williams and Mavis Staples.’

Other previously announced artists joining the party over the weekend include the UK’s greatest jazzer Jamie Cullum, 80’s acid jazz pioneers Soul II Soul, R&B troubadour Lemar and rock ‘n’ roll survivor Wilko Johnson, Ska veterans The Beat along with newcomers Port Isla and The Dunwells.

To buy or upgrade tickets go to www.cornburymusicfestival.com/tickets or call the ticket hotline 0844 338 0000

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Cornbury Music Festival background

A brief description

Cornbury Music Festival is a lovingly crafted, top-notch open-air party held in the stunningly beautiful Great Tew Park near Chipping Norton in the heart of the Cotswolds. It’s unique hybrid of a premium music festival and quintessentially English village fete.

There is something for everyone with a fantastic line-up over four stages, a comedy stage, brain-tingling literary talks, a creative kids zone, a disco in a garden shed, head-to-toe healing in the Therapixie tent, a traditional funfair, an exclusive VIP area and beautiful campsites nestled in the estate’s rolling hills.

The Festival is very much a family affair. The colourful, creative Kids’ Zone is right in the middle of the festival, in sight of the main stage, so families can drop in and out whilst seeing all the festival highlights; and, unlike other festivals, all activities are free with no need to book in advance, just turn up and join in. The wide mix of activities means there is something for all ages on the go all the time. Entrance for under-threes is free, and quieter camping options are at the same price as general camping tickets.

The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire OX7 4AE

Great Tew Park is also 30 minutes drive from Banbury Train Station

Driving directions

Set your Sat Nav to OX7 4AH.

‏From Oxford, follow the A44 through Woodstock, and after a few miles turn right onto the B4022 at Enstone.

‏From Banbury and the North:
Take the A361 south from Banbury towards Chipping Norton, turning left onto the B4022 towards Enstone and The Tews.

‏From the south-west:
Get to Burford using the A40 or A361, then follow the A361 north through Chipping Norton towards Banbury, and turn right onto the B4022 towards Enstone and The Tews.

‏From the west:
Get to Chipping Norton on the A44 or A361, then follow the A44 towards Oxford and turn left onto the B4022 at Enstone.


Cornbury Music Festival – potted biogs of artists performing in 2016

Bryan Ferry – super stylish persistently brilliant singer songwriter originally frontman of Roxy Music. Solo career from 1973 with currently successful new CD Avonmore Pop/Classic Pop

Bjorn Again – Australian originated Abba covers band that single-handedly revolutionised the tribute band scene. Starting in 1990 the band took over the world with additional identical troupes operating in Asia and the USA. Repeated Abba revivals through films & the musical has kept the Bjorns brand strong despite endless copycats.

Gabrielle Aplin – young British singer songwriter brought to limelight via cover of The Power of Love for John Lewis Christmas Advert – but much much more to her than that! Pop

Jamie Cullum – the UK’s foremost jazz virtuoso – talented vocalist and Radio presenter, guest Artist Director of Cheltenham Jazz Festival and generally all round brilliant chap – Jazz/Pop

Lemar – British R&B Soul singer brought to prominence via Fame Academy in 2002 who’s maintained quality pop releases and some hits eg.‘If There is Any Justice in This World’ Soul/Pop

Lucinda Williams – notorious Grammy Award Winning alternative country blues singer songwriter – sometimes known as the female Bob Dylan though this is an underestimation ! Country/Blues

Mavis Staples – lead vocalistic of pioneering 60’s gospel group The Staple Singers. This Grammy Award winning 76 year old releasing new CD and PBO Documentary ‘Living On A High Note’ Blues/Soul/Gospel

Ramin Karimloo – Iranian/Canadian star of the musicals – Les Miserables and Phantom of The Opera. New CD Human Heart is Broadway meets bluegrass – Broadgrass even ! Pop/Country

Seal – multi-platinum selling orchestral voiced soul singer who emerged from 1990s UK House music scene. Went on to international success with huge hits including Crazy & recent classic soul covers albums Pop/Soul

Soul II Soul – Jazzie B’s long standing acid jazz pioneers still bringing international audiences ‘Back To Life’ Jazz/Pop

The Beat – Third-party in the great Ska music movement of 1980’s along with Madness & The Specials. Huge hits with ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’, ‘Tears of A Clown’, ‘Hands Off She’s Mine’ Heritage Pop/Rock

The Shires – Ben & Chrissie are now the biggest selling UK Country artists with a string of hit singles and ground breaking Top 5 album. Pop/Country

Tunde from The Lighthouse Family – Northern Soul duo fronted by the mellifluous vocal sound of Tunde. Major hits including Lifted from 1995 CD Ocean Drive Pop/Soul

Turin Brakes – English band that ‘inhabit a space that is entirely their own. Early 80’s hit Painkiller and acclaimed new CD Lost Property Alternative Pop

Wilko Johnson – cancer surviving former Dr. Feelgood ace guitarist – famous for staccato guitar style, recent BBC documentary ‘The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnston’ and cameo appearance in Game & Thrones. Rock


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