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The music festivals and events in Oxfordshire you can’t afford to miss

There is nothing like a full weekend of sunshine and music, and no matter where you are in the county, there's pretty much a music event near you. Here are our picks for the best music festivals in Oxfordshire in 2019.

20 to 23 June, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Festival lineup: Gladys Knight, Ms Lauryn Hill, Tears for Fears, Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Gabrielle, White Lies

Nocturne Live turns The Great Court at Blenheim Palace into a grand arena with world-class acts and 7,000 seats. It can be an all-day affair with VIP dining in the famous State Rooms, a stroll in the palace’s vast grounds, or a waterside picnic. It can also be an evening gig for those who just want to hear their favourite live music.

05 to 07 July, Great Tew, Oxfordshire

Festival lineup: The Specials, Keane, The Beach Boys, Echo & The Bunnymen, Alfie Boe, Beverley Knight, KT Tunstall

The Cornbury Music Festival is one-of-a-kind, lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family. Like the best of England, The Cornbury Music Festival is civilised, charming and irresistible, and takes place on the beautiful Great Tew Park Estate in the heart of the Cotswolds.

26 to 28 July
Great Tew, Oxfordshire

Festival lineup: Wolf Alice, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Nothing But Thieves, Johnny Marr, You Me At Six, Don Broco

Truck Festival 2019 takes place in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside from 26 to 28 July 2019. Often described as the Godfather of the small music festivals, the Truck Festival has been featuring some of the biggest and best emerging artists since 1998. The festival takes place at Hill Farm, Steventon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6AB.

01 to 04 August
Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Festival lineup: Robyn, Bombay Bicycle Club, Groove Armada, Tom Odell, Caravan Palace, Tom Grennan, Freya Ridings, Olafur Arnalds, George FitzGerald

Wilderness festival is the multi-award winning 4-day festival combining live music, contemporary arts and an array of theatre, artisanship, late-night parties, outdoor pursuits and culinary experiences. It's one festival where genres are redefined, identity is turned on its head, and arts from across the spectrum sit side by side.

23 to 25 August
Kingham, Oxfordshire

Festival lineup: Rudimental’s DJ set, Jess Glynne, Elbow, Lewis Capaldi, Jonas Blue, The Zutons, Jade Bird, Nina Nesbitt, Fun Lovin’ Criminals

The Big Feastival 2019 is a family-friendly music and food festival taking place on Alex James' Farm near Kingham in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds over three days from Friday 23 until Sunday 25 August 2019 (the August bank holiday weekend). The Big Feastival is for everyone, big and small. There’ll be plenty of hands-on activities for both big and little ones.

And further afield...

01 to 06 May
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham

Festival lineup: Jamie Cullum, James Morrison, Incognito and Friends, Gregory Porter, Curtis Stigers & the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, Kandace Springs, Katie Melua

Cheltenham Jazz Festival is one of the country’s best-loved jazz festivals with a mix of international jazz icons, up-and-coming new artists and unique festival performances. The festival at Montpellier Gardens in the heart of Cheltenham will feature a feast of free outdoor music, a selection of food and drink stalls, and fun family activities.

Hampton Court Palace Festival

06 to 22 June
East Molesey, Surrey

Festival lineup: Jools Tears for Fears, Kylie Minogue, Holland, The Jacksons, Busted, Caro Emerald, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

A series of evening concerts featuring world-class acts performing against the backdrop of the magnificent Tudor palace. Music stars like as Elton John, Andrea Bocelli and Van Morrison have performed in the royal palace's beautiful courtyard. Arrive early to enjoy a picnic and a glass of champagne in The Palace Gardens before the show.

Download Festival

14 to 16 June
Donington Park, Derby

Festival lineup: Def Leppard, Slipknot, Tool, Splash, Die Antwoord, The Smashing Pumpkins, Whitesnake, Trivium, Lamb of God

This is perhaps the UK's premier hard rock and heavy metal showcasing a lineup of the scene's biggest names. With 3 days packed full to the brim with the best entertainment, stalls, food & drink and more, Download festival has been a must-see event during the summer festival season for fans of rock and heavy metal music.

Glastonbury Festival

26 to 30 June, Donington Park, Derby

Festival lineup: The Killers, The Cure, Stormzy, Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, George Ezra, Liam Gallagher, Miley Cyrus, Tame Impala

This 5-day festival of contemporary performing arts is undoubtedly a standout when it comes to music festivals in the UK, and perhaps worldwide. It hosts the biggest names in music on its famous Pyramid Stage. But with the festival site divided into distinct socio-geographic regions, there are a plethora of wonders to be seen and heard.

05 to 14 July
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham

Festival lineup: London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, AJ Pritchard, Danielle de Niese, Academy of Ancient Music, Wynton Marsalis

Established in 1945, Cheltenham Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. It makes the most of its Cotswold setting with a programme of show-stopping concerts in Cheltenham Town Hall, intimate musical adventures in the Pittville Pump Room, and a feast for the senses in cathedrals, abbeys and churches across the region.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time

05, 06, 07, 13 & 14 July
Hyde Park, London

Festival lineup: Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Florence + The Machine, The National, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Keane

Held over two weekends once a year in London's Hyde Park is a series of shows featuring the world-class musical icons from a range of musical genres. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, making it London's premier music festival. The 2019's series will see headline shows from Florence + the Machine, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand and more.

Summer Series at Somerset House

11 to 21 July
Waterloo Bridge, London

Festival lineup: The Internet, Nao, Sons of Kemet, Jacob Banks, Rosalia, Doves, "The Good, The Bad & The Queen", Parcels, Cut Copy, Soulection, Gossip

With 11 nights of open-air gigs, Somerset House Summer Series brings a vibrant festival atmosphere to the very heart of London. It features a programme of pioneering musicians across a range of genres and gives music fans the rare opportunity to see critically acclaimed artists plus some of the best up and coming performers in a spectacular yet intimate setting.

Latitude Festival

18 to 21 July 2019
Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

Festival lineup: George Ezra, Snow patrol, Lana Del Rey, Underworld, Primal Scream, Slaves, Churches, Loyle Carner, Anna Calvi

Taking over the idyllic English countryside, Latitude is, as its tagline proclaims, much more than just a music festival. Alongside a full programme of music, there are DJs hidden in the woods, opera on the lake, film debuts in its onsite cinema, clowns under canvas, actors treading the boards, local ales, dance troupes and a huge children’s area, there's something to keep whatever age entertained.

BBC Proms

19 July to 14 September
Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, London

Festival lineup: See A to Z of performers here

The Proms is an eight-week season of orchestral, choral and chamber music and other events organised and broadcast by the BBC in the summer months. It takes place predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in central London. Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2019 for its 125th season with over 80 concerts.

EFG London Jazz Festival

15 to 24 November
10 days of live music in more than 60 venues across London.