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Line ups are being announced and tickets sales are soaring. Yes, Oxfordshire’s favourite festivals are set to go ahead this summer, giving us all something to look forward to FINALLY.

The Cornbury Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Wilderness and TruckFest are now joined by the latest to announce plans – The Big Feastival which returns to the Cotswolds for its 10th anniversary this summer from August 27-29.

With an incredible line-up of music, food and family entertainment, the Bank Holiday Weekend extravaganza, which has become renowned for delivering music of the highest calibre, world class chefs, award-winning street food and an unrivalled programme of family entertainment, is pulling out all the stops for 2021, returning with a bigger line-up than ever before for its special 10th edition. 

Host Alex James said today: “I cannot wait to welcome everyone back to the farm this summer for our 10th Birthday party!  We’re all in need of a serious celebration this year so we’re pulling out all the stops to ensure this is our best line-up yet. Roll on August!”

The Big Feastival will be kicking off its 10th anniversary celebrations with a belter of a start on Friday night thanks to multi-platinum selling DJ Sigala, whose summer anthems Wish You Well, Came Here For Love and Just Got Paid are set to get the party started. On Saturday night the festival will welcome the king of funk Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Nile Rodgers by Jill Furmanovsky

The festival will come to an unforgettable close on Sunday night with BRIT Award winner Rag’n’Bone Man.

Joining the line-up and making her Feastival debut is one of pop’s brightest young stars, Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson. Also joining the bill will be singer songwriter Tom Walker, the BRITs 2019 British Breakthrough Act. 

Zara Larsson

The weekend will also feature iconic girl group All Saints, trip-hop duo Morcheeba, rock band Reef, British DJ Judge Jules, social media sensation and X Factor Celebrity runner ups Max & Harvey, pioneering DJ Norman Jay MBE, Big Feastival favourites The Cuban Brothers and local heroes Duke are also set to perform, plus many more acts yet to be announced. 

All Saints

The Big Feastival will also host an incredible line up of Britain’s most acclaimed culinary stars. Renowned two Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw and his protégé Tom Brown, Mark Hix, the celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer, Ching He Huang, who was awarded an MBE for her services to the Culinary Arts in 2020, MasterChef winner Ping Coombes and Theo Randall is making his long-awaited return to the festival nine years after his first appearance.

Ching He Huang

Children’s TV Megastar Justin FletcherHorrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Five, and five-piece band Andy and the Odd Socks, fronted by CBBC’s Andy Day cater for a younger audience.

Cornbury Festival, taking place at Great Tew from July 9-11 announced Bryan Adams as its Friday night headliner with more news to follow soon. READ ABOUT IT HERE: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/big-news-cornbury-festival-will-go-ahead-in-2021-with-friday-night-headliner-bryan-adams/

Get tickets here www.cornburyfestival.com 

Bryan Adams is appearing at Cornbury this year

Truck has yet to announce its line-up, but ticket sales are already soaring – proving our appetite for outdoor live music has definitely not gone away. Find out more www.truckfestival.com

It is a similar story at Wilderness with people booking tickets before the official line-up is announced for August 5-8 at Cornbury Park. https://www.wildernessfestival.com

First night at Truck Festival. picture by Xav Sinden

Plans for Fairport’s Cropredy Convention are also on track. “We are much more confident that Cropredy will take place,” says Festival Organiser Gareth Williams. “However, like many other independent festivals, we remain anxious for news about assistance with cancellation insurance. To be honest, we haven’t taken our foot off the pedal in our preparations for this August and remain committed to presenting a wonderful weekend of music. The line-up remains unchanged and 2020 tickets will be valid for 2021.”

Fairport Convention Photo by David Jackson.

He added: “The safety of our customers, staff, artists and local residents is our first consideration; it was the main reason we postponed back in April 2020. We’ll be working closely with the responsible authorities to keep everyone safe.”

This year’s line-up includes The Trevor Horn Band, Clannad and Steve Hackett. Cropredy tickets are on sale from Fairport Convention’s website www.fairportconvention.com

For full information on the music, food and family programmes and to buy tickets, visit: www.thebigfeastival.com

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Sarah Edwards

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