The unmissable music festivals in Oxfordshire in 2023


The unmissable music festivals in Oxfordshire in 2022

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 2023.

KITE Festival 2023

KITE Festival 2023

09 to 11 June
Kirtlington Park

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.

Festival lineup includes: Hot Chip / Suede / Candi Staton / Baxter Dury / Sofia Kourtesis / Sarathy Korwar / Mauskovic Dance Band / Decius / Lynks / Raw Silk / David Holmes / Dylan Jones / Max Porter / Miki Berenyi / Alistair Green / Toussaint Douglass / Josh Berry / Shazia Mirza/ Kiri Pritchard McLean

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Witney Music Festival

Witney Music Festival 2023 (TBC)

9 & 10 June (TBC)
The Leys, Witney

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.

Festival lineup includes: TBC

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Nocturne Live 2023 at Blenheim Palace

14 to 18 June
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

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.

Festival lineup includes: Lionel Richie

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Henley Festival

Henley Festival 2023

05 to 09 July
Henley-on-Thames Town Centre

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

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Truck Festival Oxfordshire / What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this July

Truck Festival 2023

21 to 23 July
Hill Farm

Truck Festival 2023 will take place from 21 to 23 July 2023 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: TBC

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Elementary Festival

Elementary Festival 2023

29 June to 03 July
Braziers Park, Ipsden

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.

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Wilderness Festival

Wilderness Festival 2023

03 to 06 August
Cornbury Park, Charlbury

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: TBC

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Fairport Cropredy Convention

Fairport Cropredy Convention 2023

10 to 12 August
Cropredy Village

The Fairport Cropredy Convention 2023 will be staged over the weekend of 10 to 12 August 2023. 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 near Babnury in Oxfordshire.

Festival lineup includes: TBC

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Rewind Festival South at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Rewind Festival South 2023

18 to 20 August
Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames

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 going to be one of the 2023 festivals in Oxfordshire you can’t afford to miss.

Festival lineup includes: TBC

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The Big Feastival 2023

25 to 27 August
Alex James’ Farm, Kingham

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 25 to Sunday 27 August 2023. 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: TBC

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Foodies Festival Oxford

Foodies Festival Oxford 2023

26 to 28 August
South Park, Oxford

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: Scouting For Girls / Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

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Events from 2022, not yet updated for 2023

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.

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Treehouse Music and Arts Festival

Treehouse Music and Arts Festival

29 to 31 July
Marcy Fields, Uffington

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.

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Café Mambo Ibiza ‘In The Park’ at Stonor Park & Gardens, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Café Mambo Ibiza ‘In The Park’

12 August
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames

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

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Waterperry Opera Festival 2021

Waterperry Opera Festival 2022

12 to 20 August
Waterperry Gardens

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).

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Stonor Park Proms

Stonor Park Proms 2022

14 August
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames

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

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2022

Oxford Lieder Festival 2022

14 to 29 October
Oxford City Centre

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.

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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

Will be sadly missed…

After nearly 20 years, the curtain has come down on the Cornbury Music Festival – an unmissable music festival in the Oxfordshire countryside. The festival, which began life in 2004, was described by the organisers as a one-of-a-kind, lovingly crafted, top-notch, open-air party tailor-made for the whole family, the festival attracted.

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