Music festivals in Oxfordshire going ahead in 2021

Cornbury Festival has been called off until next year but other Oxfordshire music festivals are still planning to go ahead, including the Big Feastival at the end of August, on Alex James’ farm in West Oxfordshire. Former Blur bassist Alex James has declared that the feastival will go ahead this year – that’s the plan – and the dates have now been announced – August 27-29.

Alex James with radio presenter Jo Whiley in 2019

Alex James with radio presenter Jo Whiley in 2019 Doubts had surrounded the event – a celebration of music, food and family fun in Kingham – which was last year cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Read again: Indian variant will spread says Oxford professor But Mr James has confirmed the 10th anniversary of his three-day party will go ahead from August 27-29. It will be headlined by Sigala, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Nile Rodgers & Chic- who would have been last year’s bill toppers.

Nile Rodgers is one of the headlining acts in 2021 Picture: PA

Nile Rodgers is one of the headlining acts in 2021 Picture: PA

They will be joined by Reef, Morcheeba, Norman Jay The Cuban Brothers, Max & Harvey, Zara Larsson, Tom Walker, Ella Eyre, Judge Jules and All Saints. Recent additions to the line-up include Sophie Ellis-Bextor, chart-topper Tom Grennan, singer-songwriters Maisie Peters and Emily Burns, and Kawala. Read again: Sam Smith in online fundraising concert

The host, bass player with Blur, also takes to the stage with his own Alex James Orchestra. Showing off their culinary skills will be chefs Nathan Outlaw, Tom Brown, Mark Hix and Ching He Huang.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor Picture: Tim Hughes

Sophie Ellis-Bextor Picture: Tim Hughes Mr James said earlier: “I cannot wait to welcome everyone back to the farm this summer for our 10th Birthday party.

“We’re all in need of a serious celebration this year so we’re pulling out all the stops to ensure this is our best line-up yet. Roll on August!”

Friends enjoy a dance at the festival in 2018

Friends enjoy a dance at the festival in 2018 Tickets from thebigfeastival.com.

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Also scheduled to go ahead this year are Truck – July 23-25, Wilderness – August 5-8 which is sold out, and Cropredy – August 12-14.

Chefs are part of the entertainment at the Big Feastival

Chefs are part of the entertainment at the Big Feastival

Cornbury has been postponed until July 2022.