Cornbury Festival have confirmed that they will go ahead as a socially distanced festival 9-11 July 2021, unless pandemic restrictions are eased, and the festival will adhere to all government guidelines to make the outdoor summer event Covid safe. Things that could be in place, include one way systems, seated audience viewing, masks, extra cleaning and hand sanitising stations, additional boutique dining and waiter(ess) service at bars and food concessions, along with clean camping and pre-booked camping plots within 2 metre spacing.
Cornbury Festival begins with a mighty double bill this summer of legendary troubadour Van Morrison and electropop singer songwriter Dido. These big hitting stars will both take to the stage on Friday 10 July, the first day of the three-day festival held at the stunning Great Tew Estate in Oxfordshire.
In the last of our Cornbury interviews, we bring you our chat with Eddy Smith and the 507, who are not, despite their name, made up of 508 members, but one of them is actually named Eddy. Now based in London, they come from as far as Kent, the US, Ireland, and Surrey (or is it Sussex?). Lisa sat down and had a chat with the band.
Keane are currently in the studio putting the final touches to a brand new studio album, set for release later in the year, the first to be released by them since ‘Strangeland’, which came out in 2012. 2019 is shaping up to be big for Keane, one of Britain’s most beloved bands, who will also play a slew of festival dates this summer, including British Summer Time Hyde Park, as special guests to Robbie Williams, on July 14.
Six years after their sensational performance at Cornbury, award-winning pop rockers Keane return to headline Cornbury’s 16th Festival on Saturday 6 July. Cornbury will be one of Keane’s first appearances since band members took a break at the end of 2013 to work on other projects, so their appearance will be a huge crowd-puller.
To review a festival like Cornbury is almost impossible. Back by popular demand after calling it a day last year, organiser Hugh Phillimore had enlisted headliners UB40, Alanis Morissette and the superb Squeeze. Like any festival it’s always going to be the tale of music that I saw, the tale of my personal journey from stage to stage, the tale of what made the weekend special for me.
Steve Holley has been a fan of Adelmo Fornaciari Cavaliere di Gran Croce, aka Zucchero, for many years, and recently had the honour of speaking to him, in the midst of his ‘Wanted’ World tour, which commences June 30. Zucchero will also be performing at the Cornbury Festival, in Oxfordshire, on July 13.
Born in Israel, now based in London, singer songwriter Irit is set to release her debut album, ‘Hello’, on 23 March. The album comes on the back of a successful UK support tour, which garnered massive praise from both audiences and critics alike, as well as a fantastic UK headline tour in late February this year.
Firmly believed by all involved to be the last ever Cornbury Festival, July 2017’s Fabulous Finale was a huge success with sell-out crowds enjoying a superb, sunny weekend in the company of Bryan Adams, Jools Holland and the Kaiser Chiefs. Organiser Hugh Phillimore quoted after the glorious weekend: ’We all know that a party is only as good as its guests and thanks to everyone we had a truly fantastic and memorable weekend.”