In Review: Irregular Folks Summer Session
This time of year is always bursting with festivities and summer fun right across Oxfordshire. Every weekend is packed with celebrations and live music. On the 1st July we had a ball at Cowley Road Carnival, a wonderful fiesta of our community and the diversity there in.
Irregular Folks Summer Session carried on with the festival vibes on 7th and 8th July with a weekend of alternative music from brilliantly talented creative people.
The Summer Sessions is a mini festival giving artists and audience alike a chance to immerse themselves in a creative adventure in a beautiful setting.
This year the festival was held at T.O.A.D (The Oxford Artisan Distillery). The distillery is tucked away at the top of South Park in a refurbished 18th century threshing barn. This wonderful independent business made the perfect location for a boutique Oxford festival, and made sure the drinks were flowing all weekend long!
With both Irregular Folks and T.O.A.D holding ethical and sustainable living at the heart of their values, the setting made the perfect back drop for this unique Oxford celebration.
Paul Foot was the host for the day, creating hilarious skits between bands including performing an erotic carrot flute dance which had the audience in fits of laughter.
Our highlights included Tony Njoku. Using an array of synths effects pedals and a laptop, Tony layers delicious sounds and beats peppered with his falsetto vocals to create a unique sound and ethereal refrains.
Nick Cope had the whole audience singing along complete with cardboard ukuleles and lookalike glasses. His unique comedic style means his songs appeal to not only kids but adult audiences too making him a firm favourite with parents nation wide.
However, Bellatrix completely stole the show for us. Her charismatic presence and boundless talent captivated the audience. Looping vocals and beat boxing to create rich layered sounds, and adding soaring lyrics reminiscent of Bjork was totally enthralling. Her stripped back, intimate show laid bare her enormous musical talent. Watch out for this rising star!
This unique creative celebration of music, talks, film and so much more, is a must for those looking to immerse themselves in festival culture beyond the mainstream. This is a wonderful, independent and local event, supporting and unearthing raw and brilliant creativity.
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