Sunshine and smiles at annual 'Poshstock'

Sophie Ellis-Bextor on the Songbird Stage. Pictures: OX68356 Jon Lewis

Sophie Ellis-Bextor on the Songbird Stage. Pictures: OX68356 Jon Lewis Buy this photo

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Music Editor. Please contact me on 01865 425494 and follow me on Twitter: @OxMailTimHughes

CELEBRITIES, music lovers and artists came together for Oxfordshire’s first big music festival of the summer, with the event once again hailed by organisers as “pretty fantastic”.

Up to 12,000 people a day joined the 11th Cornbury Music Festival at Great Tew Park, near Chipping Norton, with an exclusive guest list which confirmed the event’s nickname – ‘Poshstock’.

The festival started on Thursday and finished last night.

Film star Orlando Bloom, EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer, Countryfile presenter Adam Henson and TV comedian Dom Joly were among the famous faces seen enjoying three days of live music, film, comedy, discussion and arts and crafts sessions.

Comedian Russell Brand also dropped in to a glamorous after-party at the manor house, in the grounds of which the festival is held.

Oxford Mail:

Kacey Musgraves.

Musical highlights came from pianist Jools Holland and his band, anthemic pop act Simple Minds, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, New Jersey rock & roll band Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, ’60s legend Georgie Fame, Suzanne Vega, Kacey Musgraves and Kid Creole and the Coconuts, who charmed a sunny Sunday afternoon audience with a set of appropriately tropical pop.

Oxford Mail:

Jim Kerr of Simple Minds wows the crowds during the headline show on the Saturday night. Picture: Des Brambley.

Festival director Hugh Phillimore said: “It has been pretty fantastic. I was quite apprehensive this year because of the bad weather forecast, but the sun came out, the music worked well and people have had a nice time. I’d say it has been one of the best yet. I’m knocked out by it.”

He said negotiations were already under way for next year’s headline acts – and those for the following two years. He said: “I’ve been promised a particularly big one for next year.”

Oxford Mail:

Organiser Hugh Phillimore.

Enjoying yesterday’s sunshine were Matt and Sara Skeath from Newbury, who really made a day of the festival by holding their wedding reception at the event.

Mr Skeath said: “We are big festival fans – and we’ve had a great day.”

Oxford Mail:

Matt and Sara Skeath who celebrated their marriage at the event.

And making a festival first was 60-year-old Caroline Compton, from Colchester, Essex, for whom Cornbury was her first music festival. She said: “I’d never been to a festival before, but this looked like a good one to start with.

“I don’t like too much loud music and mud so it’s been perfect.”

Performance artist Richard Jones from Summertown, Oxford, was promoting men’s health with his friend Wayne Miller from Buckinghamshire – by dressing up as comedy lifeguards.

He said: “I love it. And it’s been great to be able approach people who wouldn’t normally want to talk about men’s issues.”

Stuart Macbeth, from Lake Street, Oxford, was performing on the Riverside local music stage with vintage jazz and blues act The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band.

He said: “It’s a beautiful festival and we loved playing. It’s great that they had us.”

Oxford Mail:

Applause from the audience.

The festival is also an important fundraising opportunity for local good causes.

Staff and parents from Charlbury Pre-School have run a hog roast at every Cornbury and this year raised about £2,500.

Manager Jan Stubberfield said: “It’s a very important fundraising opportunity for the pre-school.

“Two years ago we refurbished the playground, which cost £15,000. We could not do that out of normal funds – it’s only possible because of Cornbury.”

She added: “This has been another good year.”

Our top stories:

Snow across Oxfordshire - in readers' pictures + forecast

Oxford Mail:

7:43am Saturday 31st January 2015

IT'S been snowing overnight in Oxfordshire and here's some of the pictures our readers have sent in.

Record broken as more than £500,000 raised for Poppy Appeal

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 31st January 2015

THE POPPY Appeal’s fundraising target has been smashed in the county.

Man left with serious head injuries after being hit with wooden item during fight in Bicester

Oxford Mail: Foorball forges links between police and youngsters

3:17pm Saturday 31st January 2015

THREE men have been arrested after a man was left with "serious injuries," police say.

Healthcare worker brought back from Africa to UK for Ebola monitoring via Brize Norton

Oxford Mail: RAF logo

1:20pm Saturday 31st January 2015

A British military healthcare worker has been brought back to England for Ebola monitoring after suffering a needle-stick injury while treating a person in Sierra Leone.

Oxford United striker Danny Hylton says they are ready for Stevenage battle

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

Danny Hylton has warned Oxford United will get “eaten alive” at Stevenage today unless they match their hosts’ appetite for a battle.

Celebrations as the Blavatnik building is 'topped out'

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

BUILDERS and Oxford University dons have celebrated “topping out” one of Oxford’s newest and most prominent buildings.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree