Yet more acts join the Cornbury line-up
13th Cornbury Music Festival (8-10 July 2016)
at Great Tew Park, Nr Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
SOUL SISTERS & AUSSIE BROTHERS
Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight will be this year’s special guest performing with Cornbury house band Staxs. Widely acclaimed as one of the most important figures of the UK R&B scene, Beverley is also now a successful West End musical star. Beverley will take to the stage at Great Tew on Sunday 10 July before heading back to London’s West End to reprieve her role as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard. Her latest album, Soulsville is released on 10 June.
Two other incredible female vocalists have been added to the line-up. Nashville Country star, Stella Parton, Dolly’s younger sister, has a big voice and a big following of her own and will be making a rare appearance on this side of the Atlantic on Friday 8 July along with young Scottish singer songwriter Kerri Watt.
Festival director Hugh Phillimore has also slipped in another act which he says he just couldn’t turn away: ‘Sometimes we come across something rather special while developing our international connections – world moving and shaking really. This year’s special newcomers are Aussie duo Pierce Brothers.’
Twin brothers Jack & Pat Pierce have rapidly moved from busking on the streets of Melbourne to impressing festival audiences across the world with their harmonious high energy live performances. The duo will perform on Sunday 10 July on the Main stage following the not so harmonious Tuneless Choir from Nottingham, a community ensemble guaranteed to charm the audience with their passion and enthusiasm.
Stella Parton and Kerri Watt share Friday’s bill with 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. Also appearing on Friday are Ska veterans The Beat, The Lottery Winners, newcomers Port Isla, The Dunwells and The Hummingbirds
All Saints, Corinne Bailey Rae and Booker T head a Saturday bill topped by the most elegant man in music Mr Bryan Ferry, with Gabrielle Aplin, Lucinda Williams and Turin Brakes. Sealing the bill are trio Red Sky July, folky newcomers Cattle & Cane, Lighthouse Family frontman Tunde, Hidden Charms and Hannah Grace.
Pierce Brothers and the Tuneless Choir will share Sunday’s stages with headliner Seal, Cornbury favourites The Shires, James Morrison, guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner and 60s rock combo The Zombies.
Cornbury perennials Staxs return to their regular Sunday slot, with special guest Beverly Knight, along with Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott and his new band, Kelvin Jones, Ramin Karimloo, Molly Marriot, Charlie Cunningham and probably the best party band in the World – Bjorn Again.
And more of the other
Top talent from the British comedy circuit: Dane Baptiste, Carl Donnelly, Ed Gamble and Nish Kumar are among the stand out stand-ups heading for the Cornbury Music Festival this year, but before they take to the stage each day, the Festival will be hosting a family-friendly Poetry Corner. Friday’s stage welcomes back verbal improvisers from the Beatnik Boulevard with their smart on-the-spot poetic banter. Murray Lachlan Young brings his Edinburgh Award winning Cautionary Tales for Children to delight on Saturday morning and Hugh Nankervill will open on Sunday with a special song-writing set.
Locals’ insider tip
If you want to avoid booking charges, you can now buy non-camping Cornbury Music Festival tickets from Chipping Norton Theatre’s box office – book in person or over the phone – 01608 642350
For tickets with camping and information go to www.cornburymusicfestival.com or call the ticket hotline 0844 338 0000
Leave the car at home
There are shuttlebus services from Charlbury and Banbury Train stations to and from the Festival site, go to www.cornburymusicfestival for details
The Cornbury Music Festival runs from 8-10 July at The Great Tew Estate near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire