Festival Fever…here we go!

By Sarah Edwards at

Oxfordshire is littered with music festivals this sumnmer-of all shapes and sizes so there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy as the temperatures climb. So grab your cowboy hat and your wellies and choose from our top picks in our first festival Guide of Summer 2018.

Tickets are still available for this weekend’s Common People Festival in Oxford. From May 26-27 at South Parks in Oxford you can enjoy performances from The Jacksons, Morcheeba, Boney M, James/Ride, Craig Charles and the fantastic Disco Shed. There are loads of things to do and fantastic street food on offer.
The Common People team is also extremely pleased to announce The Great Oxfordshire Gin Festival – a brand new gin experience for Oxford set within its own garden space at Common People. Weekend tickets from £73.45.
More info from www.oxford.commonpeople.net

FloFest, the Florence Park Festival takes place on June 16 at Florence Park, Cowley, Oxford. Florence Park, the estate, its community centre and school (Larkrise) inspires and sustains a year round programme of arts events and other activities
​with something for all people of all ages from all communities.
Steeped in a rich history, Florence Park is an important component of Oxford’s wider story from the early 1930s.
All organisers, volunteers and most of those involved catering and entertaining live within walking distance of the Park.
This includes tents and equipment needed for both stages; the majority of which come
from within a mile of the park.
GloFest (evening event) will cost £5 per adult and kids under 12 go free.
Tickets will also be available from Florence Park Community cafe – June 2nd 11am – 2pm
FloFest will still be a FREE daytime event (11am – 5pm)

Cornbury Music Festival takes place on 13,14,15 July at The Great Tew Park.
Alanis Morissette, heads a powerful line up of female performers at this year’s returning
Cornbury Music Festival at Great Tew Park from July 13th – 15th

Responding to a clarion call from fans to return after last year’s Fabulous Finale, the rejuvenated Cornbury Festival is back for 2018 with a fantastic UK festival exclusive. Alanis Morissette will headline the festival’s Saturday line up on July 14th. The Queen of Alt-Rock and author of the iconic ‘Jagged Little Pill’ album which has sold over 33 million copies since its release in 1995 will be the headline artist for the festival in Great Tew Park. Now in its celebratory 15th year and back for the year that wasn’t meant to happen. ‘I’m still in shock from the massive outpouring of love and support for Cornbury’ says promoter Hugh Phillimore. ‘We’re back thanks to the incredible loyalty of our fans’.

Joining Alanis on Saturday are a host of great female music stars from the legendary Mavis Staples, Scottish rocker Amy MacDonald, fellow Scots singer songwriter Nina Nesbitt, singer and actress Pixie Lott, Sixties soul star PP Arnold, Itunes chart topping new country star Megan McKenna breaking blues guitarist Grainne Duffy, new US soulsters Southern Avenue, sonic thrill duo Kolars and harmonic trio The Adelaides.

You can also have lunch with the Hairy Bikers who will be making a special appearance.
For more info http://cornburyfestival.com/

Truck Festival, takes place at Hill Farm, Steventon, Oxfordshire is “the Godfather of the small festival scene”, and one of the UK’s longest running and most popular small festivals.
Coming straight out of the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside, organisers have been able to treat audiences to some of the biggest and best emerging artists since 1998!
This year fans will be treated to performances from De La Soul, George Ezra, Jake Bugg and Gaz Coombes among others. Tickets from £110.

For normal ticket holders, the site opens at 10:00am on Friday 20th July 2018 and then closes at 12:00pm on Monday 23th July. The main arena opens at 12:00pm on Friday and closes 02:00am each night.

Thursday Entry means an extra half day of Truck fun! There is a limited number of Thursday Entry tickets available.

Entry to the festival will be from 3pm on Thursday 19th July.

For more information go to www.truckfestival.com

The organisers at Truck have treated us to a list of Truck Festival essentials for 2018…

Sleeping Bag
Baby Wipes
Water / water container (there are plenty of water points on site)
Loo Roll (better safe than sorry!)
Toiletries (towel, soap, deodrant, toothpaste and toothbrush)
Waterproof anorak (hopefully won’t need it but hey, it’s England!)
Sun Cream
Medication (inhalers etc)
Spare (warm) clothes
Fancy Dress – keep an eye on our Facebook page to vote for your favourite theme!
Human repair kit (plasters, headache tablets etc)
Food (there’s plenty of food stalls on site but it’s always handy to have some with you)
Money (there are cashpoints on site but you’ll be charged for each withdrawal so save money and plan ahead!)

The Wilderness Festival takes place from August 2-5 at Cornbury Park. See Nile Rodgers and Chic, Bastille and Groove Armada. Tickets from £179.50.

The Main Stage

More info at www.wildernessfestival.com

The Big Feastival is happening from 24-26 August at Alex James’ Farm, in the Cotswolds. Day tickets from £69.50.
Enjoy Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Paloma Faith, Professor Green and The Undertones and some truly fabulous feasting.
More info at www.thebigfeastival.com

Woodstock Live takes place from August 25-26 in Market Place, Woodstock.

Woodstock Live celebrates 12 years of bringing live music to the town square over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It has become a ‘calendar’ event for locals and visitors alike. The aim is to stage an event that offers a truly eclectic mix of music – something for everyone! – in the beautiful natural amphitheatre of 12th century and later Woodstock town centre.
Simply turn up at Market Place in Woodstock [OX20 1SL]. There’s free parking available in the town’s car parks. You’ll find a ‘bar on the square’ offering real ales, chilled wines, lagers and soft drinks, with profits ploughed back into the cost of staging and promoting the festival. And this relaxed free festival, which kicks off at noon on both days, offers visitors an opportunity to come and go as they please. Pop into the the town’s many individual shops, great bars and restaurants while you’re there.

More info from www.woodstocklive.wordpress.com/

Towersey Music Festival takes place from 24-27 August at Thame Show Grounds, Thame
More info here www.towerseyfestival.com/line-up/
Tickets from £129. Treats such as The Shires, The Proclaimers, Big Country are on offer along with comedy, street food and activities for children.

Bunk Fest the Family Festival takes place from August 31-September 2 at Wallingford.
More info at www.bunkfest.co.uk Camping tickets are from £18 and this year there will be performances from Talisman, Mad Dod Mcrea and Hope and Social.Enjoy prosecco and pancakes served from a vintage horse box or an afternoon cup of tea as well as a ceilidh and silent disco.