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Cornbury Music Festival this July

If you’re looking for a dynamic and enjoyable music festival with a country fair atmosphere, look no further than the Cornbury Music Festival on 5 and 6 July 2008. This great festival is definitely one-of-a-kind. The Cornbury Music Festival offers festival goers one massive open-air party combined with homely craft and food stalls, a family-friendly atmosphere and a distinctively English flair.

The Cornbury Music Festival takes place each summer in the delightful Cornbury Park. The Park is located on the edge of the Wychwood forest and has long been used for festivals. The Cornbury Music Festival started life as one of these many traditional fairs in 1796. By the mid 19th century the festival proved to be so popular that it drew massive crowds of approximately 50 000 people, with the atmosphere becoming so riotous that it was eventually suspended. However, despite the fact that the festival was clearly popular and incited people to enjoy in various revelries, there were never any recorded incidents of delinquency officially reported in any of the ancient documents relating the event. This original fair was last celebrated in 1856 and today the park has a number of interesting relics relating to this era, including the popular ‘music stone’. This irresistible setting is completed by the 17th century Rotherwick home that can be found at the centre of the estate.

Music lovers will be pleased to learn that the Cornbury Music Festival does not cater to one specific music style or flavour of people. This is one of the few place you can go to enjoy a mixture of superstars, rockers, crooners, farmers and city slickers. It is here that that you can mix the flair of champagne with home-made pies and where you can enjoy conversations with both little old ladies and musical greats. This year’s festival promises to showcase artists and groups such as Paul Simon, Toots & The Maytals, Crowded House, Beverley Knight, KT Tunstall, Nick Lowe, Eric Bobb, The Bangles, Bellowhead Salsa Celtica, Tom Baxter and rising star Imelda May. Clearly, the mixture of music genres and artists should appeal to virtually all tastes.

Great food is always combined with this eclectic mixture of music and festival goers will be able to scoff gourmet Mexican food, delicious ice cream and sorbet, and excellent seafood, amongst other things. Better management this year has resulted in promises of smaller queues and an excellent selection of goodies available for sale. The line-up also promises to be better than ever, so make sure that you don’t miss out on this top-notch music festival.

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