It's festival booking season and there are so many to choose from nowadays it can be tricky to narrow it down. Unless you want to spend the entire summer in a tent of course which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing!
Not only do you have to find a line-up you fancy but if, like me, you have children you might want to find events which are both rock n roll and family friendly.
Set in glorious Cotswold countryside in The Great Tew Park in Oxfordshire, The Cornbury Music Festival (Friday 13th-Sunday 15th July 2018) is billed as "civilised, charming and irresistible."
In short, The Cornbury Music Festival represents classic summer entertainment for a friendly crowd from all walks of life. A country fair with a rock ‘n’ roll twist; a farmers’ market with a dancefloor; a local carnival with a classic contemporary soundtrack.
This year's Cornbury Festival is a truly international affair with some top acts from across the globe bringing a melting pot feel to the very English surroundings.
The impressive headliner for Saturday night is Canadian Alanis Morissette. UB40 will be topping the bill on Friday 13th and long- time festival favourites Squeeze will be closing the party on Sunday night.
The International flavour will be carried throughout the weekend with Dutch Jazz singer Caro Emerald, Jamaican Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff, Italian chart topper Zucchero, American Folk, rock singer (Walking in Memphis) Marc Cohn, Israeli starlet Irit, Memphis Soul five piece Southern Avenue, Chicago soul sweetheart Mavis Staples, LA Soul Sista PP Arnold, Hawaiian son of Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real and all the way from Rick Island Illinois comes the remarkable Lissie.
Representing home grown talent from the British Isles a strong Scottish contingent is headed by Glaswegian pop-rockers Deacon Blue, Cornbury favourite Amy Macdonald and Edinburgh’s Nina Nesbitt.
Breaking blues girl Grainne Duffy and hotly tipped Catherine McGrath bring their songs from the Emerald Isle. Amen Corner frontman and guitar hero Andy Fairweather Low will ably represent his Welsh countrymen, whilst a few Londoners will be popping up from the Sarf for a weekend in the country.
Deptford royalty Squeeze will lead the home counties pack on Friday with Bromley girl Pixie Lott on Saturday, Essex star Megan McKenna, currently smashing the country music circuit will be bringing some TOWIE glitz to this year’s festival, joined by North London 80’s queen Mari Wilson & The New Wilsations.
South London hip hoppers Stereo MCs will be keeping it real and getting connected with the country folk on Friday 13th. Local Oxfordshire blues band Danny & The Champions of The World and house band STAKS with a very special local guest (if he’s not been caught by the fuzz!) complete this year’s unique line up!
Tickets and full line up information available via www.cornburyfestival.com
Day tickets (from) - £75 Adult, £40 young person or over 70, £15 Child
Weekend tickets (from) - £180 Adult, £215 with camping, £95 young person or over 70, £125 with camping, £30 child, £35 with camping. VIP options also available.