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Cornbury Music festival 2019 – Review

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Firstly I want to say:  I am really happy that this little gem of a festival in the middle of some of Englands most beautiful landscapes – the Cotswolds – has made it to it’s 16th year!! However, while my colleagues have been diligently attending and singing it’s praises, this was my first time at Cornbury, hence I’ve missed 15 of them… OMG 😉 

OK better late than never and like so many other festivals I have been to, you usually go because you like the headliners on the bill, but along the way you discover new talent and artists/musicians that make the headliners a nice addition…

Yes, Trevor Horn (pun intended); The Specials, Keane and The Beach Boys are great names with a history that people of my age group really appreciate (I’m 53, but it’s a secret), but here are a few that I equally enjoyed:

RACHEL SAGE: I’ve been following Rachel on Facebook for – I don’t remember how long. Can’t quite remember how this came about, but this was the first time I’ve seen her perform live and she didn’t disappoint. Her songs worked very well and her set the Cafe Nero Stage was an ideal start into the weekend for me 🙂 I think I’ll go and see her again next week during her UK tour.

Saturdays highlight was WILDWOOD KIN: It’s funny how suddenly there’s the new band in your life and although they have been around for a while, I haven’t heard of them before. The set blew me away, firstly because they have great songs, but I was also happy to see a un-usual set-up on the stage and the drums at the front of the stage played standing up by the lead singer is perhaps something The Eagles should’ve done when Don Henley was singing. So WILDWOOD KIN was – I think – my personal highlight of the festival. And just as luck has it, they are appearing on BBC-Radio-London this morning and i wonder what it means – why a band was totally unknown to me and then in the space of a few days I see them live and hear them on the radio… hmmmmmmm

But, of course one has to mention TREVOR HORN. Back in the 80’s and 90’s I didn’t really know his name, but certainly his music and the acts he produced. Seeing his set, simply made me feel like seeing some of my favourite 80’s  (and somewhat 90’s) bands play live again. Every song of his set was a hit and everyone knew the words and the audience had a great time. It was a shame that GRACE JONES wasn’t available to sing “Slave to the Rhythm”, but the rest of the concert was delivered with so much fun and professionalism, which totally enraptured the audience.

Apart from the music I watched colleagues kids having a massively great time, rolling around in balls 3 times their size; playing hook the duck, oh those classics; going on other crazy rides, and enjoying the amazing array of free stuff (that their parents enjoyed even more) including free ice lollies; circus toys; make your own pyramid lanterns (at least that’s what I thought they were) and making art out of old records which I thought was a particularly nice touch.

In summary, this is a classic festival, recommended for up market family fun; suitable for all ages; particularly those who appreciate the finer things in life including 80s and 90s music.

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West Reading Window Wanderland 2020 | 29 Feb – 1 Mar 2020

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This will be the second Window Wanderland accross the whole of West Reading.

The idea is to cheer up otherwise dark and cold evenings with fun and light, in the form of decorated windows, and an opportunity for the community to come together. People can walk with neighbours and friends to follow the window trail and explore their neighbourhod in a new light.

Last year, over 40 houses decorated their windows and hundreds of school children decorated their school windows at Wilson Primary, Battle School and Oxford Road Community School. Over one thousand people downloaded the map to follow the magical trail with friends and neighbours.

2020 will be even bigger and brighter. If you would like to find out more, or get involved by decorating your windows at home, at work, at school, at a nursery, at a business or organisation please sign up here and encourage your neighbours to get involved. This works so well if a lots of people take part on a street and then get together to see eachother’s windows. See how one street had fun doing this last year here.

The organisers will again be holding free workshops where they’ll provide materials, tools and people can swap ideas, tips and skills.

West Reading Window Wanderland 2020 | 29 Feb – 1 Mar 2020 from 6pm to 9pm. Please register or sign in to make a window.

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Christmas Lights Switch On in Reading | Broad Street – 16 November

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The lead up to Christmas officially begins in Reading this weekend as the lights are switched on around the town.

Starting from Santa arriving on a motorised bed to light up the town and Broad Street Mall with thousands of Christmas lights, three new trees sparkle at the station, in Broad Street and The Forbury

Music in Broad Street to accompany the Christmas lights switch on:-

Jive Aces 12.30 -2.30 (X Factor finalists)

RASPO (Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra) 3.00 – 5.00

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Magical Extravaganza | 30 November 2019

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Magical Christmas in Reading – Broad Street & Abbey Ruins

Part of Magical Christmas in Reading, join us for a day of entertainment in Broad Street and a night of music, boat trips, food, light and fireworks in the Abbey Ruins. With music from Ma Bessie, Dat Brass, Avenue and Flamenco Thief, a boat tour from Cast Iron Theatre and a lighting installation from Pif-Paf Theatre, all topped off with fireworks. This is sure to be a night to remember.

The event begins at 12:00 and runs until 18:00.

No alcohol on site. Bag searches will be in operation. 

Please be aware that this is an outdoor event therefore open to the elements.

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