Organisers of Oxfordshire’s much loved Cornbury Festival have this morning announced that the festival will go ahead in 2021 and Bryan Adams will headline the festival’s Friday night line-up on July 9. 

“Bryan was a triumph back at our ‘finale’ in 2017 so we’re completely over the moon that he’s decided to return to Cornbury,” said organiser Hugh Phillimore, following the announcement that next year’s event, the 17th, will go ahead from July 9-11 with a limited capacity. 

Canadian born, but with dual Canadian and British nationality, Adams has achieved enduring success internationally with a string of multi-million selling albums. He joins an impressive Cornbury 2021 line-up – the rest of which will be announced early in the New Year. 

Hugh Phillimore added: “We’re re-designing the site to incorporate a range of Covid safety measures which will be in place throughout the festival weekend. We’ll have to limit our capacity and change to a slightly different format but we’re determined to stage another edition of our lovely little festival.”

Unless pandemic restrictions are eased, the festival will adhere to all Government guidelines to make the outdoor, summer event Covid safe. Things that could be in place, include one way systems, seated audience viewing, masks, extra cleaning and hand sanitising stations, additional boutique dining and waiter(ess) service at bars and food concessions. Along with clean camping and pre-booked camping plots within two metre spacing.

Hugh Phillimore is keen to highlight that as a festival whose clientele are used to posh loos as standard, arena seating, fine dining and a certain level of comfort, some of the Covid safe additions, will not be too different from their regular VIP offering. He said: “If any festival can cope with social distancing and safety restrictions Cornbury can. We are a very civilised event!” 

Cornbury Festival, one of England’s most upmarket events, has featured many brilliant performers over the last 16 years – Joe Cocker, Amy Winehouse, Robert Plant, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Blondie, Bryan Ferry and The Beach Boys. The festival has gained a reputation for its unique and friendly atmosphere, set in a beautiful Cotswold location. 

“Like everyone, we’ve had a miserable year with no festival this summer” added Hugh “but we’re feeling positive and really looking forward to putting on another great event next July. Counting down the days to a weekend of fantastic music, delicious food, hopefully sunshine and, above all else, being together again!” 

Day Tickets from £85, Weekend Tickets from £180, Weekend with Camping Tickets from £215. Senior, Teen and Child Concessions available. Under 3s FREE. 

Cornbury Music Festival runs from 9-11 July at Great Tew Park, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. For tickets and more information go to 


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