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We sent Little Gav to the Portobello Restaurant in Summertown to meet Hugh Phillimore so he could get the low down on this years line up.
Friday features breaking Dublin duo Hudson Taylor, perfect pop stars The Feeling, great American troubadour Suzanne Vega, and the creators of ‘Everyday People’ and ‘Mr Wendal’, Arrested Development. Friday night wraps up with the strictly-singing pop diva Sophie Ellis Bextor and national treasure Jools Holland with special guests ex-Spicer Melanie C, and Soft Cell’s Marc Almond.
The festivities continue on Saturday with festival favourite Jon Allen and American blues travellers Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band. The latter part of the afternoon will include Bruce Springsteen’s fellow New Jersey singer and friend, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes featuring Gary US Bonds, and chart topping Nina Nesbitt. The American invasion continues with Illinois rocker Lissie and Grammy-Award winning country new-girl Kacey Musgraves. Other artists include 60s icon Georgie Fame with Guy Barker’s 16 piece big band, pop-hit makers Scouting for Girls, and Scottish rock legends Simple Minds.
Come Sunday, the festival goes pop with performances from X Factor 2013 winner Sam Bailey and finalist Luke Friend, and an eclectic cocktail of Caribbean flavoured Kid Creole & The Coconuts, 70s hit-makers 10cc and the Japanese Jeff Beck ‘Kill Bill’ theme tune writer Tomoyasu Hotei. Closing the festival on the Songbird Stage is Celtic fusion band Peatbog Faeries, with Sunday’s main stage headliner still under wraps.
Also at Cornbury 2014…
A great line-up of comedy stars will be announced soon, the fantastic children’s zone with countless programmes along with an extensive fairground will keep kids entertained all weekend long, and we’ll see the return of the brilliant Festival of Words hosted by Qi and Unbound.
Quote from Cornbury Music Festival Director, Hugh Phillimore:
‘Once again I think we’ve managed to get a brilliant cross-section of great music – which is of course what we’re all about. Lots of old favourites, all great performers along with some very diverse new talent from a double Grammy Award winning new country star to an X Factor winner with a brilliant story. Old and new Top 10 artists along with international faces - a Japanese movie score writer and US bluesmen - with British national treasures to boot. With Cornbury’s unique family atmosphere, it’s going to be a lot of fun.’