The Big Feastival: Rock, pop, sun and surprises on Alex James's farm

CELEBRITIES, rock stars, top chefs and families partied in the sun at The Big Feastival – with host Alex James describing it as “a perfect summer weekend”. Singer Natalie Imbruglia, Coronation Street and The One Show star Angela Griffin, swimmer Rebecca Adlington and comic actor Simon Pegg were among the famous faces enjoying the music and food festival at Kingham, near Chipping Norton. Joining them were Saturdays singer Una Healy, Love Island and The X Factor presenter Caroline Flack, former model and actress Gail Porter, actress and EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite and BBC newsreader Kate Silverton.

About 60,000 people joined the event over the three days, being treated to sets by dance act Rudimental, veteran hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash, pop singer Jess Glynne and Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Indie-pop band Elbow are set to bring proceedings to a close tonight, topping off a weekend of great music. Mr James, farmer, cheesemaker and bassist with the rock band Blur, was seen enjoying the bands and took to the decks for DJ sessions in his own two-storey pop-up club, called the Cheese Hub.

He was joined by his son Geronimo and Radio presenter Jo Whiley – who also compered the acts on the main stage. He said: “It’s been a perfect summer’s weekend here on the farm, our hottest one yet with the best food, amazing music and a fantastic crowd! “Feastival is tremendous fun, the highlight of my year and so many other people’s too, what a way to end the summer!”

The weekend also saw fun sets by children’s TV entertainers Dick and Dom, singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, who played his second Oxfordshire festival of the summer, having last month charmed Truck Festival, near Steventon, Liverpool indie-pop act The Zutons, acoustic singer and west Oxfordshire resident Jack Savoretti, Jade Bird, Nina Nesbitt, Dodgy, The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, Four of Diamonds, Duke, and Feastival veterans The Cuban Brothers – who mixed hip-hop with comedy, bad breakdancing, risque banter and great moustaches. Alongside the talent was a smorgasbord of culinary stars, with Oxfordshire’s Raymond Blanc; The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith; restaurateur Mark Hix and Italian culinary icon Gennaro Contaldo sharing tips. Lucy Silver from north Oxford said: “This has been an amazing festival – too hot, but great fun.

And at least it’s better than last year’s rain!

“It’s a real highlight of the summer for me and I’ll definitely be back dancing to Alex’s DJ skills next year.”

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