“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'”
– Kurt Vonnegut
A one-day musical takeover in collaboration with Oxford promoters Idiot King. If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is will feature acoustic and electronic music, and stalls featuring local artists throughout the day.
In the evening will be a ticketed live event featuring: Axes, live jazz and electronica from Luo, and a solo drum and electronics set from Adam Betts (Goldie, The Heritage Orchestra, Three Trapped Tigers).
Axes aren’t your average band. They were formed in 2011 and hail from Scotland! Denmark! Iran! …….(and Essex!!)…and they play a mix of punk, math, metal, even R&B and hip hop…all with a bucket of fun poured all over it. There are so many riffs, so much energy and chaos…it’s a bit like having 14 Slush Puppies then watching every Jason Statham film at the same time while on a bouncy castle with members of Battles, Biffy Clyro and Alpha Male Tea Party throwing sherbert at you. You get the idea, right? Signed to Oxford’s own Big Scary Monsters records, we’ve had their record Glory playing for ages and we’re not going to stop. Nor should you.
Watch Junior here:
When he’s not playing drums for way-complicated thrashers Three Trapped Tigers, jungle/d’n’b hero Goldie, fusion dons James Taylor Quartet or the 60-piece Heritage Orchestra, Adam Betts likes to mess around by himself…..and his drum kit of course. Combining a jazz cat’s touch with a punk sensibility, Betts’ solo show combines insane drumming with synths, laptops and a shower of sweat. Can’t quite tell you how excited we are.
Watch a live performance here:
Luo are a multi-limbed cinematic and experimental collective from Brighton, whose live show seamlessly blends Aphex Twin-style IDM with Flying Lotus-style jazz fusion revivalism. Their latest record is called ‘Ebb and Flow’ and that’s kinda a perfect name really…the tracks undulate and roll but never lose their heart. Hot dang!
Watch Aardvarks here:
Free stalls, electronic and acoustic sets from 11am – 5.30pm.
Live music from:
Kone – irresistable art-pop from Oxford
Salvation Bill – looping electronic folk pop from Bristol via Oxford
Lee Riley (guitar) & Macarena Ortuzar (dance) – drone and dance
Enno Kaetelhoen & Shaltiel Elul (electronics) – experimental, generative electronics
Video and audio installation from Nunchi Music (Dan Pollard and Ollie Thomas) and Akanbe Films (Sam King and Liam Martin).
Poster and print exhibit from Theo Peters (www.theopeters.co.uk)
Live music in the evening will begin around 7.30pm.
Tickets are £7 in advance and £9 on the door for the evening gigs.