Festival season is just around the corner, and one making the headlines for all the right reasons is Cornbury Festival.

Although festival organiser Hugh Phillimore announced that 2017 would be the last, the demand for its return was such that it’s back this year, from July 13-15 – and is bigger and better than ever. And we’ve got two family weekend camping tickets worth £1,000 to give away!

The line-up sees a welcome injection of girl power in an otherwise male-dominated festival season. Alanis Morissette tops the bill on Saturday – a UK festival exclusive – with sing-alongs guaranteed thanks to her arsenal of hits, including Ironic, Hands Clean and One Hand In My Pocket.

She’s joined by Chicago soul icon Mavis Staples, currently celebrating 2017’s acclaimed album If All I Was Was Black, as well as an appearance on Gorillaz recent album, Humanz, alongside Scottish songstress Amy MacDonald, bubblegum popstar turned dreamy hitmaker Nina Nesbitt, 60s legend P. P. Arnold (of The First Cut Is The Deepest fame) and Pixie Lott.

Friday sees Brummy pop-reggae act UB40 headlining, with Jamaica’s Jimmy Cliff, see feature, joining them on the bill, alongside Stereo MC’s, Zucchero and Danny & The Champions Of The World.

Closing the show on the Sunday, Squeeze will tempt anyone who’s cool for cats up the junction before saying goodbye girl… And there are plenty more pun-worthy tracks from Jools Holland’s former band to keep this terrible joke going. But we won’t.

Fellow 80s indie bunch Deacon Blue join them earlier in the day, as does Dutch-born jazz singer Caro Emerald, the US’s Lissie (who’s duetted with a-ha, Jack Savoretti and Robbie Williams, covered Fleetwood Mac, and even found the time to release three of her own country-tinged solo albums) and Streatham’s very own Ferris & Sylvester, fresh from opening for George Ezra.

Cooking up a flavour will be the Hairy Bikers, who roar into Oxfordshire for a three-day Pop up Woodfire restaurant adventure at the festival, with the bikers cooking up a feast and plenty of their witty banter to entertain the crowds too.

For more information on Cornbury festival see cornburyfestival.com


To be in with a chance of joining the fun at Cornbury Festival’s 15th birthday please answer this question:

On what island was Jimmy Cliff born?

Answers by email to tim.hughes@nqo.com or by post to Cornbury Festival competition, Newsquest Oxfordshire, Newspaper House, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0EJ.

You must include your full name and address. Competition open to over 18s only.

Answers to arrive by midday on Wednesday, July 4. Usual rules apply. The Editor’s decision is final. Prize not transferable and cannot be exchanged for financial value. Age restrictions on Family Ticket (2 x adults and 2 x children under 18) includes weekend camping pass. Tents not provided, quiet camping can be requested. Also includes parking. Does not include travel to festival or on-site hospitality.

Winners will be notified and sent collection information prior to event.