Thursday, November 19, 2015


A date for next year's gig diary: 28th and 29th May, when the Common People festival comes to Oxford's South Park. It's a prime festival site, but one that hasn't been used as such very often, aside from for the odd Cowley Road Carnival music events and Radiohead's Kid A tour in 2001. Last year's OxfordOxford festival was scrapped due to poor ticket sales (not surprising given the paltry line-up), but that's not a fate that's likely to befall Common People, given the involvement of Rob da Bank, whose Bestival and Camp Bestival shindigs regularly attract high-quality performers and continue to go from strength to strength.

After the demise of the Cowley Road-focused Gathering, which took place in 2012 and 2013, it'll just be nice to have another festival back in the centre of the city to complement the annual Audioscope event, which takes place this Saturday with a typically strong bill.

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