The unmissable music festivals in Oxfordshire
Summer is the season of music festivals in Oxfordshire. And 2022 promises some meaningful musical highs to help us all move on from an exceedingly trying couple of years.
From the world’s biggest music icons in open-air theatres to happy hippie vibes in suburban fields, there are plenty of world-class music festivals scheduled to take place across Oxfordshire.
And with loads of tickets rolling over from previously cancelled events, some of these music festivals have already sold out. So if you’re planning on going to any music festivals in Oxfordshire, you’ll need to get booking quickly!
Take a look at our guide to the unmissable music festivals in Oxfordshire in 2022 as well as a first look at the music festivals in Oxfordshire in 2023.
The UK’s friendliest little festival again offers you the very best in world music, workshops, food and drink, sound journeys, yoga, and dance. Immerse yourself in Elementary… a world of sound!, in the wide-open fields of Braziers Park in the heart of England once again this year.
A highlight of the summer social calendar at Blenheim Palace, The Battle Proms is the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family for a spectacular and memorable night out in a stunning setting at the world heritage site. Expect an afternoon of breath-taking displays from the riders of the Battle Proms Napoleonic cavalry and The Red Devils – the British Army and Parachute Regiments official display team.
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.
Festival lineup includes: Bryan Adams returning to headline the festival on Saturday 09 July 2022
Following the cancellation in 2021, the organisers have confirmed that Truck Festival 2022 will take place from 22 to 24 July 2022 in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside. 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 in Steventon, and it is widely regarded as one of the unmissable music festivals in Oxfordshire.
Festival lineup includes: Bombay Bicycle Club / Sam Fender / Kasabian / Blossoms / The Kooks / Sigrid / Easy Life / Kelis / Sundara Karma / Inhaler / Sports Team / Palace / Shame / Jade Bird + much more.
Treehouse Festival of Music and Arts – a boutique music and art festival – is returning to Oxfordshire for the sixth year in July in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside in Uffington. The festival aims to build community and connection and is one of the UK’s most sustainable festivals. Lose yourself amongst the trees and forget about the chaos for a magical weekend of revelry.
Festival lineup includes: TBC.
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.
Festival lineup includes: Underworld, Jungle / Years & Years / Peggy Gou / Róisín Murphy / Jordan Rakei / Gabriels / Craig Charles / Binker and Moses / Ibibio Sound Machine / Willie J Healey / Billie Marten / House Gospel Choir / Azure Ryder / Áine Deane
Following cancellations in 2020 and 2021, we’re looking forward to the Fairport Cropredy Convention 2022 that will be staged over the weekend of 11 to 13 August 2022. The annual festival of folk and rock music, headed by British folk-rock band Fairport Convention is held on the edge of the village of Cropredy in Oxfordshire.
Festival lineup includes: The Trevor Horn Band / Clannad / Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited / Fairport Convention & Friends (inc Full House) / Richard Thompson.
Back by popular demand, the iconic house music brand Café Mambo Ibiza will make a welcome return to Stonor Park & Gardens, Henley On Thames, on Friday 12 August 2022. Thousands of party people will come together for an unforgettable, festival-like experience under the stars as they dance to the cutting-edge tunes dropped from a massive line up of DJ talent.
Festival lineup includes: Danny Howard / Disciples / Riton / Coco Cole / Erik Hagleton
2022 is an exciting year for Waterperry Opera Festival as they celebrate their 5th anniversary with a lively, heartfelt, and visionary eight-day open-air festival, with refreshing new projects and familiar much-loved productions performed across the Waterperry Estate.
Festival lineup includes: Mansfield Park (Dove) and Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev). Headlining the festival are new productions of The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) and Svadba ‘A Wedding’ (Ana Sokolović).
Set in the magnificent gardens of Stonor Park, ‘Stonor Park Proms’ is a spectacular classical concert that will be a night to remember for the whole family. Guest soloists will be joined on stage by the London Gala Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell.
Festival lineup includes: Wynne Evans / Marisha Wallace / London Gala Orchestra / Jack Lukeman
Rewind Festival South is probably the biggest 80’s music festival in the world. It is a spectacular event, packed full of fun, laughter, great (and terrible!) costumes and friends. Celebrate the best decade around with all your favourite 80s icons. Get your tickets and join the biggest party of the summer. This really is one of the 2022 festivals in Oxfordshire you can’t afford to miss.
Festival lineup includes: Holly Johnson / The Human League / Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp / Kim Wilde / Belinda Carlisle / Odyssey / Bjorn Again / Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey / Heather Small / Midge Ure / Mica Paris / Chesney Hawkes / the voice of Lighthouse Family Tunde.
The Big Feastival is a family-friendly music and food festival taking place on Alex James’ Farm near Kingham in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds over the August bank holiday weekend from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August 2022. The Big Feastival is for everyone, big and small. Expect a top drawer selection of live music acts, some of the country’s top chefs, and plenty of hands-on activities for both big and little ones.
Festival lineup includes: The Human League / Anne-Marie / Stereophonics / Jake Bugg / Jax Jones / Gabrielle / Sam Ryder / Lola Young / Alfie Templeman / House Gospel Choir / The Futureheads / Thomas Headon + much more!
This mouth-watering summer festival returns to Oxford’s South Park with live music from chart-topping headliners, workshops and masterclasses featuring MasterChef Champions, Michelin star and top local chefs cooking their signature summer recipes, Bake Off winners and top bakers in The Cake & Desserts Theatre, new wines, champagnes and cocktails to sample in The Drinks Theatre, and Kids Zone with Kids Cookery Theatre.
Festival lineup includes: Natalie Imbruglia / N-Trance / Liberty X.
Over two weeks in October, Oxford Lieder welcomes many of the world’s great singers and pianists to Oxford, and this “extravaganza of song” is now well established as one of the leading festivals of its kind in the world. The festival features around 50 concerts and dozens of other events that allow people to learn and participate.
Festival lineup includes: Kate Royal / Christine Rice / Benjamin Appl / Thomas Oliemans / Patricia Petibon / Christopher Purves / James Gilchrist / Marie-Laure Garnier / Iestyn Davies / Mark Parmore / Werner GuraBirgid Steinberger / Roderick Williams / Camilla Tilling / C & J Pregardien / Dorothe A Roschmann / Carolyn Sampson / Dame Sarah Connolly.
Retro CarFest – 13 to 15 August 2021
Blenheim Palace Food Festival – 20 to 22 August 2021
BunkFest 2021, Wallingford – 03 to 05 September 2021
Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2021 – 28 September to 04 October
KITE is a new festival of music and ideas taking place at Kirtlington Park in Kidlington, just north of Oxford city. Think era-defining icons, contemporary stars and emerging talent driving the music scene forward. Think concepts big and small and the spaces to explore them. Follow your nose and treat yourself to some delicious street food. Kirtlington Park is KITE’s home, and it’ll become yours too for the weekend.
2023 festival lineup includes: TBC
Witney Music Festival 2023 is a fantastic two-day open-air music festival for all the family in Witney, Oxfordshire. The 2022 festival took place at The Leys with The Inflatables Tom Hingley & the Kar-Pets headling on 10 June and EMF headlining the main event on 11 June. Witney Music Festival is the biggest music event in the Witney calendar, drawing in a record-breaking crowd of more than 15,000 in 2019. It was cancelled during the COVID-19 lockdown.
2023 festival lineup includes: TBC
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.
2023 festival lineup includes: TBC
Henley Festival is an exclusive boutique black-tie festival that takes place over five days, celebrating the best of the UK and International music and arts. The festival is a truly unique event. It embraces a vibrant programme from pop to world music, classical to jazz where art and gastronomy share equal billing with music.
Festival lineup includes: TBC