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Sound of the Shire – Riverside Stage @ Cornbury Festival

Cornbury Music Festival Friday July 10 – Sunday July 12 2015

The Sound of the Shire… on The Riverside Stage

Oxfordshire blues band King B make a nostalgic return to the Cornbury Music Festival this year. Twelve years ago this popular local group were picked to open the very first Cornbury Music Festival. Now they’re back to headline the Riverside Stage on Saturday.

After a triumphant Summer 2014 supporting The Libertines at their sold-out Hyde Park comeback gig, The Jacques – Paul Weller’s favourite new band – headline Friday night; and Oxford’s vintage troublemakers The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band close the festival on Sunday. Also returning for the third time is Cornbury Music Festival fan, Loyd Grossman and his band The New Forbidden. ‘It’s hard not to like Cornbury, says Loyd: ‘An eclectic and exciting line up, a beautiful setting and terrific catering make it one of the UK’s most stimulating and enjoyable festivals.’

The Riverside Stage opens on Friday with Oxford legend Larry Reddington – a familiar face to musicians throughout the county as the man behind one of the world’s smallest music shops, The Music Box on Oxford’s Cowley Road. Not only has Larry sold instruments to some of the country’s top musicians, he’s played with them too. In a lifetime of music he’s supported The Beatles, The Kinks, Gene Pitney, Dusty Springfield and The Rolling Stones. Joining Larry on the Friday will be last year’s Campfire Sessions winner Dance À La Plage.

Other highlights include big, bold ska band Hope and Glory, Turkabilly/hiphop mash-up artists the Brickwork Lizards, summertime feelgood band Alphabet Backwards, and master of subtle English pop, Sam Taylor, making his first Cornbury Music Festival appearance with his new band. Newcomers not to be missed on the Riverside Stage include top Oxford band Zurich – the threesome with a big sound who rocked the Riverside Festival in 2014, alt-country band Dreaming Spires and Les Clochards, the up-tempo English folk group with a French flavour.

Each year Cornbury Music Festival works with local schools to celebrate and nurture young music talent, rewarding the winner of the Chipping Norton Battle of the Bands with a place on The Riverside Stage. This year’s winner is five-piece funk band Fourth Time Lucky. Don’t miss their festival debut, opening the Riverside Stage on Saturday.
Riverside Stage PosterClick to enlarge

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Tom Sharp ran around the festival site on July 21st for two hours to raise money to help out. He’s nearly reached his target, so please support him!

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The evening is upon us but we haven't even got started yet! Next up on that very cool main stage is....The Deadbeat Apostles5-piece soul, blues, rock and roll outfit “infused with a punk spirit that doesn’t trample too hard on the soulful rock’n’roll that is their stock-in-trade”. Angry, political, dressed up to the nines and having a ball. Their songs are a rallying cry for the oppressed and soulful calls for action whilst reminding you why music is your first love. Charlbury Riverside Festival 20/21 JULY 2024#charlbury #charlburyriversidefestival #oxfordshire #oxford #oxfordsmusicscene #oxfordshiremusicscene ... See MoreSee Less
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Final look back at your questions!🚗 Parking can be accessed at the bottom of Pound Hill, on the road to Chipping Norton (Not the cricket ground) - Post code: OX7 3QN.w3w is ///tequila.courier.brimmed - £5 for the day.🐕‍🦺 No dogs allowed except assistance dogs⛺️ No camping available 💵 Make sure to bring spare cash! The EE mast will be out so that may cause network issues.🥤 Reuse your cups!! Make sure to bring them back for some fresh beer and cider!!🍺 Last but not least, please do not bring your own booze. The festival is only free because you use the bar, lets keep it that way!We are SUPER SUPER excited to see you all tomorrow!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Last and most important question!!! HOW DO I GET THERE?By carCharlbury is approximately 15 minutes' drive from either Witney, Chipping Norton, Woodstock or Burford. From Oxford the journey is approximately 30 minutes.Parking can be accessed at the bottom of Pound Hill, on the road to Chipping Norton. (Not the cricket ground!!) Post code: OX7 3QN w3w is ///tequila.courier.brimmed £5 for the dayBy trainCharlbury is on the main London Paddington-Oxford-Worcester-Hereford line with regular hourly trains running in both directions. The journey time from Paddington is less than 1hr 20mins, from Oxford it takes as little as 15mins and from Worcester Shrub Hill the journey time is around an hour. For train times and ticket prices go to Great Western Railway. The festival site is only a few minutes walk from the railway station.By busBus services to Charlbury from Oxford and Woodstock (S3), and Witney and Chipping Norton (X9) are operated by Stagecoach. There are regular hourly services on Saturdays, but no bus service on Sundays.Information for disabled visitorsThe Mill Lane is an unmade track about 130m long. The festival entrance is another 160m along Mill Field. The Mill Field itself is a meadow, and whilst the grass isn't cut 'lawn short', it can be a little bit uneven in places. The festival site is approximately 370m end to end. The terrain is flat, with only some small undulations towards the second stage area, but there are no solid walkways on site. Disabled toilet facilities are provided next to the First Aid tent. Parking is available on site for Blue Badge holders only - you will be guided by a steward from the top of Mill Lane. ... See MoreSee Less
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Charlbury Riverside Festival 20/21 JULY 2024A couple more questions and answers for you all!!💵Please bring cash as well as your card, being prepared is better than being without a beer! 🧋 Have you bought a reusable cup over the years? Keep leaving it at home? Well this is a reminder to get it packed in your bag, ready for the weekend!!!!Charlbury RiversideFestival www.riversidefestival.org#cups #Cash #Charlbury #charlburyriversidefestival #oxfordshire #oxford #oxfordsmusicscene #oxfordshiremusicscene ... See MoreSee Less
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Charlbury Riverside Festival 2024Here is your final line up!!! Remember all weekend there will be...4 stages, free kids area, crafts: Willow weaving, ironwork, stone carving, bushcraft skills, pole lathing. awesome food, brilliant drinks, also: gin! and soooooo much more!!Continue with your sun dances please.For more info visit: www.riversidefestival.org#Charlbury #charlburyriversidefestival #oxfordshire #oxford #oxfordsmusicscene #oxfordshiremusicscene ... See MoreSee Less
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