Cornbury Festival fans rejoice for the festival’s Fabulous Finale turns out not to be that – as the festival will return in 2018 for another year…

Anyone who attended or heard about 2017’s Cornbury festival knew it to be the last in the festival’s (dubbed Poshstock) fourteen year line-up. And what a stellar one it was, with sell-out crowds enjoying a superb, sunny weekend in the company of Bryan Adams, Jools Holland and the Kaiser Chiefs. Organiser Hugh Phillimore quoted after the glorious weekend: ’We all know that a party is only as good as its guests and thanks to everyone we had a truly fantastic and memorable weekend’

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Photo credit: Ben Phillips Photography

You can read about our Cornbury experience here.

Locals, regulars and newcomers turned out in force, desperate not to miss the last ever event and once the weekend was up turned to founder and organised Hugh Phillimore to beg him to not give up on Cornbury.

When speaking of the turn of events, Phillimore said:

‘So many people have sent messages since July – our audience love the event and want it to keep going. Literally hundreds of our supporters, together with bands, agents, managers, sponsors and media partners telling me I shouldn’t let such a jewel in the festival calendar end’ says Hugh. ‘The festival market has become a tough playing field over the last few years and very saturated, which lead partly to my decision to leave whilst we were on a high, however the response has been so overwhelming with support for Cornbury to remain, that it has caused a rethink on my part and I can confirm that we have decided to listen to public opinion and return next year as strong as ever in July 2018, If people still want us here, in a way It would be foolish to stop now and 15 years does give us another great reason to celebrate!’

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Cornbury Festival 2017
Photo credit: Ben Phillips Photography

The over-riding message that finally convinced Hugh, simply pointed out that the festival was not his but belonged to its audience who had supported the event over the 14 years. ‘I’ve been humbled by the depth of feeling for this event and I now feel that I should keep Cornbury going as a worthwhile community event because it contributes to the local economy and seems to spread quite a lot of joy’ says Hugh.

The 15th Cornbury Festival, with the same great format will be staged at Great Tew Park from July 13th to 15th 2018.

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