With the annual Cornbury Festival set to be one of the highlights of this years music festivals, Hugh Phillimore joins Radio Horton’s Philip Tolmie in a telephone interview to talk about the line-up and some of the highlights of this years festival, plus find out why David Cameron is under the ‘Cornbury spotlight’ (and not because of the Referendum!) You can hear the interview in full, below:
Cornbury Music Festival takes place on 8th-10th July 2016 and 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.
Stunning 90’s popstars, All Saints are marking their comeback at this year’s Cornbury Music Festival showcasing a hot new album along with the megahits that made them famous – Pure Shores, Never Ever and Under the Bridge.
“It really is a dream line-up this year – classic Cornbury and more” – Hugh Phillimore
The UK’s greatest jazzer Jamie Cullum, is Friday’s headliner. Jamie is joined by 80’s acid jazz pioneers Soul II Soul, R&B troubadour Lemar, rock ‘n’ roll survivor Wilko Johnson, Ska veterans The Beat along with newcomers Port Isla, Simo and The Dunwells.
All Saints, Corinne Bailey Rae and Booker T join the Saturday bill topped by the most elegant man in music Mr Bryan Ferry, along with the purveyor of The Power of Love Gabrielle Aplin, revered alt-country star Lucinda Williams and dreamy songsters Turin Brakes. Sealing the bill are trio Red Sky July (husband and wife duo Ally McErlaine [Texas] and Shelly Poole [Alisha’s Attic]), folky newcomers Cattle & Cane, and Lighthouse Family frontman Tunde who will revisit the band’s classic catalogue.
After his triumph as surprise special guest last year, SEAL returns with his own headline slot on Sunday. Joining Seal are Cornbury favourites The Shires, along with celebrated singer-songwriter James Morrison, guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner and 60s rock combo The Zombies.
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.
The Festival is very much a family affair, and more than 74% of spectators are regular attendees of the festival. Cornbury has got the lowest policing bill of any festival, Hugh Phillimore tells us “I love the fact that wallets get handed in with the money still in them. I don’t think you’d get that at many other festivals”. The ladies and gentlemen of the nearby village of Great Tew host a tea stall at the festival, in which they donate proceedings to the local school. Last year they raised in excess of £15,000.
Entrance for under-threes is free, and quieter camping options are at the same price as general camping tickets. Director, Hugh Phillimore tells Radio Horton: “Tickets can be purchased via the website, or if you’re local, you can buy from Chipping Norton Theatre, for a much cheaper price, for the first time this year.”
Asked if local MP [for Witney] and current Prime Minister, David Cameron would be attending this years festival held at Great Tew Park, Phillimore said: “David Cameron hasn’t joined us since 2013, which was our tenth anniversary. He’s a huge fan of the band, Keane, who were the headliner that year.”
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.
‘It really is a dream line-up this year – classic Cornbury and more,’ adds Phillimore. ‘Sometimes the jigsaw just comes together – I’m totally delighted’.