The 2020 music festivals in Oxfordshire you can’t afford to miss

Music Festivals and Music Events in Oxfordshire

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 2020.

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18 to 21 June
Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Festival lineup: Lionel Richie, David Gray, Lighthouse Family

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.

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10 to 12 July
Great Tew, Oxfordshire

Festival lineup: TBC

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.

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30 July to 02 August
Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Festival lineup: 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.

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31 July to 02 August
Great Tew, Oxfordshire

Festival lineup: TBC

Truck Festival 2020 takes place in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside from 31 July to 02 August 2020. 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, Oxfordshire.

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28 to 30 August
Kingham, Oxfordshire

Festival lineup: TBC

The Big Feastival 2020 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 28 until Sunday 30 August 2020 (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.

Oxford Chamber Music Festival Organise and Artistic Director Priya Mitchell

Oxford Chamber Music Festival

October 2020 TBC

Festival lineup: TBC

The Oxford Chamber Music Festival is an annual get-together of friends and musicians from all over the world for a week of celebration and spontaneous music-making in atmospheric and unusual venues all around Oxford.

Oxford Lieder Festival

Oxford Lieder Festival

October 2020

Festival lineup: TBC

Over two weeks each October, the Oxford Lieder Festival welcomes many of the world's great singers and pianists to Oxford. The Festival features some 50 concerts, as well as dozens of other events that allow people to learn, take part and be inspired.

And further afield...

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2019

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

05 to 10 May
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham

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

June 2020
East Molesey, Surrey

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

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

24 to 28 June
Donington Park, Derby

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.

Cheltenham Music Festival 2019

Cheltenham Music Festival

03 to 12 July
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham

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.

British Summer Time at Hyde Park

04, 10 & 11 July
Hyde Park, London

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 2020 series will see headline shows from Little Mix, Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift and more.

Summer Series at Somerset House

11 to 21 July
Waterloo Bridge, London

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

16 to 19 July
Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

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

17 July to 12 September
Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, London

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 2020 for its 126th season with over 80 concerts.