Festival favourites Keane return for Cornbury’s Sweet 16 & The Specials open the party!

Six years after their sensational performance at Cornbury, award-winning pop-rockers Keane returns to headline Cornbury’s 16th Festival on Saturday 6 July. Cornbury will be one of Keane’s first appearances since band members took a break at the end of 2013 to work on other projects, so their appearance will be a huge crowd-puller.

Festival favourites Keane return for Cornbury's Sweet 16 & The Specials open the party!

Formed in 1995, all four of Keane’s albums have debuted at No. 1 in the UK charts, with 2004’s Hopes and Fears remaining one of the UK’s best-selling albums of all time.

‘Keane is our all-time favourite headliners at Cornbury, so of course, I’m completely thrilled that they’ve chosen to include us as part of their return’ says festival founder Hugh Phillimore.

Phillimore has also confirmed that The Specials will top the bill on the Festival’s opening day, Friday 5 July. The legendary British Ska band have just returned to the UK Album Charts with their first new record in 38 years, and are currently on a sold-out UK tour. Rounding off the Festival on Sunday 7 July are true musical legends, The Beach Boys.

Cornbury Festival

‘I think it’s one of our best line-ups ever’ says Phillimore, ‘the combination of Keane, The Specials and The Beach Boys is pretty huge for us – and we’re also delighted to have our new friends, and national treasures, The Hairy Bikers returning with their fabulous Festival Feast. Last year we sold every seat in the restaurant – it was totally delicious, and the feasters’ feedback was incredible.’

Hairy Bikers Si King and Dave Myers have been cooking together for more than 20 years, travelling the world in the pursuit of great food. The stars of a string of hit television shows and regulars on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen have become the UK’s most popular cookery writing duo.

The rest of the packed music line-up will be announced in early March.

Cornbury Festival

Cornbury Music Festival is a lovingly crafted, top-notch open-air party held in the stunningly beautiful Great Tew Park near Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds’ heart. It’s a unique hybrid of a premium music festival and quintessentially English village fete with a rock ‘n’ roll twist, a farmer’s market with a dancefloor. There is always something for everyone with a fantastic line-up over four stages, fantastic food offerings, a comedy stage, a creative kids’ zone, a traditional funfair, an exclusive VIP area, and beautiful campsites nestled in the estate’s rolling hills.

Cornbury Festival

The Festival is very much a family affair. The Kids’ Zone is right in the middle of the festival, in sight of the main stage so that families can drop in and out whilst seeing all the festival highlights; and, unlike other festivals, all activities are free with something for all ages on the go all the time. Entrance for under-threes is free, and quieter camping options are at the same price as general camping tickets.

Cornbury Music Festival runs from 5-7 July at Great Tew Park, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. For tickets and more information go to www.cornburyfestival.com

Day Tickets from £75, Weekend Tickets from £180, Weekend with Camping Tickets from £215. Senior, Teen & Child Concessions are available. Under 3s FREE.


  • Nicole Garaham

    February 10 at 9:53 am

    Hi, Very Good Article. I really appreciate it. Well researched article. Now you got one regular visitor to your website for new topics. Keep up the Good Work Thanks for always sharing. Nicole Graham

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 17 at 4:08 pm

      You’re welcome, it’s lovely to know that you enjoyed reading it.

  • allaboutmeandcp

    February 10 at 11:24 am

    This looks amazing. I love the idea of a family friendly festival and also the fact the activities are free is a real bonus. I’d also be very keen to see Keane 🙂 thanks for the informative post.

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 16 at 9:54 pm

      I worried that there wouldn’t be enough for the children to do but we actually struggled to fit it all in as there was so much choice x

  • Sarah Stockley (@kipperscurtains)

    February 10 at 2:29 pm

    I love a good festival. We have been going for the last 4 years to various local festivals. I loved Keane and I love the Specials. I will have to look into Cornbury.

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 16 at 9:55 pm

      Oooh you should definitely go, would be lovely to see you there x

  • mylifeasmrsb

    February 10 at 2:35 pm

    I have never been to a music festival, one day i’d like to go with my kids and experience it. It looked like you all had a great time 🙂

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 16 at 9:56 pm

      This is a great first introduction to festivals as a family, it’s so relaxed and fun x

  • All about a Mummy

    February 11 at 11:02 pm

    Wow! What a great line up and I just love Hairy Bikers food so perfection!

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 16 at 9:57 pm

      I know, and that’s just the start of the line-up!! I can’t wait to see who else will be performing.

  • marta_the_traveler

    February 14 at 8:46 pm

    I have never heard of this band before, but the family festival looks pretty interesting ?

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 16 at 9:59 pm

      Oh then you have missed out, check them out on youtube 🙂

  • melissa

    February 14 at 9:22 pm

    I am not into this type of music, but the other events look like fun!

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 16 at 10:02 pm

      They have a really diverse range of acts at the festival so there really is something for everyone 🙂

  • Adriana

    February 15 at 7:45 pm

    I have never heard of this but it looks like so much fun

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 16 at 11:05 pm

      It’s perfect for families but I also saw some friends who don’t have children and they have been going for years and love it.

  • Hedy

    February 16 at 2:30 am

    I always love these kinds of activities, and have been looking to go to a music festival for a while. Nice post!

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 16 at 11:04 pm

      I think you would love it if you tried Cornbury with your family x

  • sincerelymissj

    February 16 at 2:28 pm

    Looks like you and your family had a super great time. It is not common for music festivals to be family orientated. This is great.

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 16 at 11:02 pm

      I just can’t believe I hadn’t heard about it before last year but so grateful that we did, we loved it.

  • Bree L.

    February 16 at 11:16 pm

    This festival looks so much fun! I really love checking out fun festivals in every town we go, all the local traditions are so fun!

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 17 at 4:05 pm

      Cornbury is absolutely amazing, so many great bands and fun things to do. Our teenager loves the comedy tent too 🙂

  • Rachael Eberhardt

    February 18 at 8:52 am

    This is so interesting, i love that they have free activities for all ages. Family with kids will surely enjoy this.

    1. IamMummyMatters

      February 20 at 10:14 pm

      It’s so good for families as there is so much to do no matter what your interests or music taste.

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