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Review: The Big Feastival, Alex James' farm, Kingham

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

Jamie Cullum took centre stage at The Big Feastival

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The last day of August and the sunshine had finally returned, which was perfect timing for the third and final day of The Big Feastival.

Thousands had flocked to Blur guitarist Alex James’ beautiful farm in Kingham.

The brainchild of Alex and best friend Jamie Oliver, this was definitely a family affair with something to enjoy for everyone with a mixture of music, food and a fun fair.

Highlights were Adam Henson’s Mini Cotswold Farm Park where you could touch and feed the animals – the donkeys seemed to be a favourite. And there was plenty more for little ones with storytelling, trampolines and activities from Lego to Skylanders.

For the grown-ups, the place was a foodie heaven with an eclectic mix of food and drink stalls.

There was the Big Kitchen for live cooking demos, with the highlight being the great Jamie Oliver himself.

And if you fancied a go at being a chef yourself there were cookery classes to try.

Over at the main stage there was plenty of entertainment. The evening’s line-up kicked off with De La Soul, the American Hip Hop trio, who had everyone up on their feet dancing as they celebrated 25 years in the music business.

The headline act of the evening was jazz singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum who lit up the stage with his one-hour set.

The audience went wild as he came on stage.

This guy clearly loves what he does – he can sing, he can play a variety of instruments and he was really good fun.

Jamie invited a member of the audience to play the piano with him, threw his drumstick into the crowd and even jumped into the audience much to the delight of everyone.

His vocals were incredible and he thoroughly entertained with a high energy performance.

Singing his hits “I’m All Over Now” and “You Should Have Come Over”, it was a great end to a great day.

I would highly recommend The Big Feastival as a family-friendly, fun-filled event. Jamie Oliver and Alex James were fantastic hosts and I can’t wait for next year. 

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