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Cornbury Music Festival 7-9 July

Cornbury Music Festival set for a Fantastic Finale from 7-9 July with new additions to the line-up and a feast of fun activities for all ages to enjoy!

Cornbury-2017-with-Comedy-2-768x1086Britain’s Got Talent finalists The Missing People Choir are to join Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, Jools Holland and The Pretenders in a stellar line-up for this year’s Cornbury Music Festival. Having seen the Choir perform on the popular TV talent show, Festival Director Hugh Phillimore wanted to help the Choir raise further funds for UK charity Missing People and knew they would be the perfect addition to The Fabulous Finale.

Always ready with some surprise guests over the weekend, The Caffè Nero stage will host Leddra Chapman, Belle Roscoe, Gracie Falls and country singer Twinnie Lee Moore amongst others. Whilst The Berk’s Nest Comedy Emporium will be filled with the best of British; the brilliant Nish Kumar, superstar stand-up poet and former Fosters award winner Tim Key, who recently starred in the E4 comedy sitcom Gap Year, and Edinburgh fringe-favourites Austentatious – a full-length improvised Jane Austen comedy play, spun entirely from the audience’s suggestions! Expect bonnets, chivalry and musical accompaniment.

Revellers can reboot in style at MasterChef finalist Matt Edwards’ unique pop-up restaurant Salt & Dry, where diners can enjoy the delights of Sophie Ellis Bextor, Scouting for Girls, Right Said Fred and many more, from the comfort of their own table. Meanwhile, long-term Cornbury partners Waitrose are opening their restaurant doors for big breakfasts, lavish lunches and delicious dinners, along with a rooftop lounge where myWaitrose card holders can relax and soak up the summer sun. All on top of the usual Cornbury favourites; Paellaria, Wok’s Happening, Goan Seafood and the all-new South Indian-inspired Dosa Deli.

In between the great acts, don’t miss the chance to experience the last remaining Mobile Cinema of just seven made in the 1960s. Climb aboard the charming ‘Audrey’ and you’ll be able to enjoy Cornbury’s own highlights film ‘A Brief History of Cornbury’, as well as a selection of classic vintage short films. Cornbury’s therapy tent is always a popular choice for anyone looking for a little bubble of bliss amongst the festival hubbub. This year, they’re offering more than ever — massage, reiki, reflexology, facials, and aromatherapy. Free yoga classes will also be on offer throughout the weekend.

And finally the all-important Kids Zone – a mainstay of the festival. Offering a host of delights for young Cornbury goers including Bollywood dancing, ukulele playing and circus skills, along with the usual enticing arts and crafts, joyful dressing up and fun. Meanwhile, nearly adults and still-got-it parents can learn to play guitar, rig a whole band, or just enjoy the bohemian vibes in The Mayflower Tent.
LOCAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT

In addition to showcasing international stars, Cornbury Music Festival is committed to nurturing new talent through Chipping Norton School’s Battle of the Bands and the Campfire Sessions competition. The latter is run in partnership with Oxford-based radio station Jack FM, with competition winners grabbing a slot on the Riverside stage. This stage, run by Charlbury’s Riverside Festival, is bringing out the big guns this year with top local bands The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, King B, The Epstein, Brickwork Lizards and Zurich along with new Radio 2 favourites Ten Millennia and 70’s punks Loyd Grossman & the New Forbidden. Dogs for Good will once again be bringing their troupe of undeniably brilliant support dogs to Great Tew. These dogs help adults and children with a range of disabilities to grow in confidence, carry out everyday tasks and form lasting friendships. They’ll be showing their skills with Guide Dog and Agility demonstrations throughout the weekend.

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