Reasons to be there - part two!
We have a Staggeringly Superb Saturday for you at Cornucopia! The Barn Stage is headed up by the Demon Barbers XL, winners of the “Best Live Act” at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 folk awards. They are renowned for their no holds barred approach to live shows and combine solid traditional acoustic instruments and songs with the added oomph of a superbly tight rhythm section. They create a unique and captivating sound and add to this some of the most exciting clog, sword, hip hop and break dancers that you will ever see. This lot know how to party and it’s not hard to see why they are one of the most electrifying live acts around. The Barn Stage is awash with some of the best acts around and Aynsley Lister is no exception and is winner of “Guitarist of the Year” at the 2015 British Blues Awards. Hunter and the Bear are another treat for you. They have recently opened for Eric Clapton and they continue to rise having huge potential on the UK music scene. This year the Barn Stage will include comedy from the brilliant Tom Binns and his alter ego Ivan Brakenbury, the hospital radio DJ. Tom is the star and co-writer of the BBC 1 Friday Night Comedy Show Hospital People and has arguably earned more five-star reviews than any other comedian; don’t miss this one! Opening up the Barn stage are the Jon Palmer Band. They are a six-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo, described as a cross between the Pogues, Waterboys and Saw Doctors.
Get you dancing legs on.
We are immensely honoured to have the legendary Kanda Bongo Man headlining the World Music Stage. Originally from the Congo, he popularised Soukous music and developed the very infectious Kwassa Kwassa dance rhythm, so enjoy the atmosphere as Africa comes to Cornucopia! Electric Swing Circus are something completely different and are a six-piece fusion of saucy 20’s swing and stomping electro beats, with an explosion of sound that reverberates back through time. They are a firm festival favourite and are really not one to be missed. Ooh! We are spoiling you. The Baghdaddies music is world with strong Balkan influences alongside Caribbean grooves and Middle Eastern rhythms all delivered with theatre and exuberance, lots of brass and great five part harmonies. They are wonderfully uplifting and infectiously danceable. Mid-afternoon and we are transported to Spain with Calaita Flamenco Son. Grounded in authentic Spanish traditions, their innovative flamenco combines passionate vocals, awe-inspiring guitar virtuosity, intense percussion and jazz saxophone. Mambo Jambo open up the world music stage taking us on an intriguing and joyous musical journey, mixing sounds from around the world and featuring music from Cuba, Brazil, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.
All together...... OOOOHH!
Beyond the two main stages, the Cabaret Tent plays host to comedy and poetry amongst a host of other wonderful things. In the evening Off The Road will provide a programme of emerging local talent with bands from the area. There is always something going on in the two historic courtyards with music from buskers, artwork and displays. The Festival Village is alive with activities for families and children; interactive crafts and theatre ensure these is always something to do. The food court has a great selection of street food and our two bars are well stocked with a superb variety of real ales from around the region. We are really excited to announce that this year’s theme of “Flight and Light” will feature the Pennine Region Balloon Association who shall be displaying tethered hot air balloons. Sounds a bit dull? Oh no! Not once we have finished with them - we have a cunning plan. Unfortunately, we had to cut out the bit about world domination, but there’s always next year. The return of the lightshow will ensure the stable walls are a wonderfully colourful backdrop to the festival village at night. The York astronomical society will also be on hand for those who wish to star gaze and look for signs of space aliens that don’t abduct you and then get you horribly drunk and face paint you to look like a tiger. Or was that only me? When the evening draws to a close you can opt to stay in another new addition this year; the lovely Camel Camp glamping area with heated tents. Or you can provide your own tented or caravan accommodation on the beautiful parkland campsite.