51. Cornbury Music Festival

English rockers Keane playing the mainstage at the Cornbury Music Festival in 2013. Chilled-out festival goers enjoying the entertainment on the Riverside Stage.This eclectic and eccentric musical carnival nicknamed "Poshtock" takes place over a three-day July weekend on the Great Tew Estate in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

With a mixture of local acts andChildren are in their element at Cornbury...and the grown-ups manage to have a pretty good time too. national treasures, the Cornbury Music Festival is a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor made for the whole family.

The festival has been described as "a country fair with a rock ‘n’ roll twist". One minute you'll see global superstars performing on the main stage and the next you'll turn round to see Morris dancers doing their thing.

The line-up for the 2014 festival included the likes of The Feeling, Suzanne Vega, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jools Holland with special guests Melanie C and Marc Almond, Scouting for Girls and legendary rock bandsShe's had worse days... Simple Minds and 10cc.

The Cornbury Music Festival has been going since 2004 and formerly took place in the grounds of the Cornbury Estate, near Chipping Norton, until it moved about 10 miles to its current home at Great Tew in 2011.

Hugh Phillimore, who created the Cornbury Festival and is still the festival director, said the event had exceeded his expectations over the past 11 years.

He said: "It's simply the nicest festival in the UK. What makes it so special is its location and general setting, combined with its lovely family atmosphere and, of course, its great music.
Cornbury Music Festival director Hugh Phillimore.
"It does live up to its 'Poshtock nickname! Mike Scott of The Waterboys said it was the most quintessentially English festival he'd ever played."

In its 11 years, the Cornbury Music Festival has raised over £300,000 for local charities and good causes, and in 2014 supported 30 of them.

Hugh added: "The festival brings income to the area, has close ties with local schools with talent competitions, a primary schools music prize and supports many local causes."The rainbow of colours created by Cornbury fans is matched perfectly by the real thing at the 2014 festival.

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