Keane top a day of scorching heat and hot acts at Cornbury

Cornbury Music Festival 2013 review

published: Tue 16th Jul 2013

Keane

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July 2013
The Great Tew Estate, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AH, England MAP
£190 with camping
daily capacity: 20000
last updated: Fri 14th Jun 2013

Saturday came and the sun was shining again. Hip hip hooray. Word was that David Cameron was on site but unfortunately I didn't get to see him in his 'Ray Berris' - sad times. Today was the line-up that I was looking forward to the most. Some great new artists but some exciting older bands who I couldn't wait to hear in the scorching heat. Armed with suntan lotion and lots and lots of water, Cornbury welcomed me back like I hadn't been away.

James Arthur is a curious one. I adore his voice and what he can do but since the X Factor I haven't heard any original music and we know the X Factor – it'll either make or break an artist. Arthur's original music was good, especially 'Emergency'.

The Proclaimers are that bad that regardless of the size of the festival or the crowd, the audience will always be on their feet and sing along to "I would walk 5000 miles" - its just going to happen. There were no complaints for me as I lay on the grass listening to them in the sunshine. Echo & The Bunnymen played a great set of old favourites, including 'Rescue', 'Cutter' and 'Killing Moon'. Lead singer 'Mac' was his normal 'chatty' self, asking if his friend David Cameron was on site. The set was received enthusiastically by a willing crowd.

Jack Savoretti was another artist who the teenage girls in the crowd lapped up (and secretly so did I). During his set, he welcomed onto the stage a couple that he knew and the gentleman proposed on the stage in front of the Cornbury crowd. I'm a soppy romantic and so I was blubbing, with a group of women next to me. Great music. JJ Grey was a bluesy, American singer with a hell of a lot of power in his voice. It almost shocked me. A really gutsy, passionate performer.

Lawson are Lawson. A great pop band who obviously attract HUGE crowds..of teenage girls. I happily stood and listened to Joel, Andy, Adam and Ryan as they charged through their set. With songs such as 'Heartbroken', 'When She Was Mine' and 'Taking Over Me' they are an act you can't help but sing along too and having met the lads previously, they truly love and appreciate what they do and you can tell that by the enjoyment they have being on the stage.

Keane were Saturday night headliners. Bloody amazing!! I am so glad that I've been able to catch them again since appearing at V Festival last year. Their first album 'Hopes & Fears' is an incredible album and you forget just how many amazing songs they have. They had an enormous crowd and I fell in love a little bit.


review by: Hayley Edwards

photos by: Hayley Edwards

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July 2013
The Great Tew Estate, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AH, England MAP
£190 with camping
daily capacity: 20000
last updated: Fri 14th Jun 2013


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