Towersey: The friendly face of festivals

Oxford Mail:

7:10pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Tim Hughes looks forward to a little festival with big ideas - this weekend celebrating its 50th anniversary

New York band Augustines to get Reading rocking

Oxford Mail:

2:06pm Thursday 21st August 2014

With a reputation for bringing their show to the audience, Augustines are a thrilling band. Tim Hughes talks to drummer Rob Allen ahead of this weekend’s festival date

Rabbit Foot Dispatches: 'mud, cider and the attempted hijack of a toilet truck'

Oxford Mail:

4:47pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band's festival summer rolls on - starting with a fraught wait among the sludge, rain and randy teenagers at Boomtown

Dead Kennedys: California punks still dreaming of revolution

Oxford Mail:

1:30pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Tim Hughes speaks to Klaus Flouride, guitarist with US hardcore band Dead Kennedys

Green Man Festival - a festival for the head, heart and belly

Oxford Mail:

6:45pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Elliot Carter looks ahead to this weekend's musical highlight - the Green Man Festival

Jessie brings a touch of class to Wilderness festival

Oxford Mail:

1:33pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Fresh from a sojourn in the Big Apple, soul-pop singer Jessie Ware is living life to the full with a new album and much-anticipated Cornbury Park debut. Tim Hughes finds out more

Lady Rotherwick goes wild for Wilderness

Oxford Mail:

10:58am Thursday 7th August 2014

As Wilderness festival gets underway, hostess Lady Rotherwick shares her tips for a stylish weekend in the country with Tim Hughes

New folk's home: Fairport Convention's Simon Nicol on the magic of Cropredy

Oxford Mail:

10:48am Thursday 7th August 2014

Cropredy’s Simon Nicol tells Tim Hughes it’s their ‘don’t mess with the magic’ approach and exciting new music that makes the festival so well loved

Win tickets to Wilderness Festival!

Oxford Mail:

6:13pm Friday 1st August 2014

Great bands and theatre, amazing food, random activities and glorious scenery, Wilderness may be the world's loveliest festival. And here's your chance to go... for free!

Where there's muck, there's brass... and lots of beers too

Oxford Mail:

1:23pm Thursday 31st July 2014

It’s all happening at Cogges Farm this weekend, finds Tim Hughes. From top bands and booze at the Beer & Cider Festival to a fun day for all the family

Dynamic duo take new music into Wilderness

Oxford Mail:

1:14pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Boy-girl act Slow Club return with an exciting new album Tim Hughes finds out more

Treetop Flyers are cream of the Crop

Oxford Mail:

11:01am Thursday 31st July 2014

Treetop Flyers are tuning up for their Cropredy Festival debut. Tim Hughes meets singer Reid Morrison

Music festival is a real family affair

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

THOUSANDS of people gathered on a meadow in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds to dance in the sun at the county’s biggest free music festival.

Festival is a D-light for music fans

Oxford Mail:

5:42pm Thursday 24th July 2014

When it comes to organising music festivals, small is beautiful. Just ask Craig Evans....

Take me to the river for a festival of music

Oxford Mail:

11:45am Thursday 24th July 2014

With great bands and free entry, Tim Hughes says Riverside Festival is the perfect summer’s day out

Rabbit Foot Dispatches: 'Dangerously sober, stood up by a shire horse - but rubbing shoulders with a half-naked hero'

Oxford Mail:

6:35pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band's festival summer rolls on - with dates at Cornbury, Marlborough and Truck... rubbing shoulders with a half-naked Georgie Fame and being stood up by a shire horse.

More fun on the farm at Truck Festival

Oxford Mail:

11:53am Thursday 17th July 2014

Tim Hughes gears up for the big names set to grace the six stages at this year’s Truck Festival

Girls' essential guide to being a shiny, happy festival-goer

Oxford Mail:

12:53pm Thursday 10th July 2014

With the summer music festival season in full swing, music-lover and serial festival-goer Ella Reeves presents her list of must haves - to make your festival experiences as fun, shiny and mud-free as possible

A midsummer night's dream of quirky music

Oxford Mail:

11:46am Thursday 10th July 2014

With a bill of of creative artists playing in a scenic pub garden, Saturday’s Irregular Folk Summer Session is set to be a seasonal highlight. Tim Hughes finds out more

Rapper Tinchy Stryder brings East End grime to village cricket club party

Oxford Mail:

7:01pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

One of the biggest UK rap stars is playing an Oxfordshire cricket club fundraiser. Tim Hughes finds out why...

Funny business at Cornbury Festival

Oxford Mail:

11:53am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Comedy, talks, a kids' zone and vintage cinema are just a few of the non-music related activities at Cornbury, says Katherine MacAlister

Dandy Warhols on nudity, taboos and keeping things live

Oxford Mail:

11:21am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Tim Hughes talks to Zia McCabe of cult US band the Dandy Warhols whose cool brand of indie-rock is still as popular as ever

A carnival of delights

Oxford Mail:

11:18am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Tim Hughes takes a look at the musical offerings at this year's Cowley Road Carnival

Arrested Development

Oxford Mail:

9:41am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Arrested Development rapper Speech tells Tim Hughes how he is looking forward to inviting the PM on the festival stage

Simple Minds are alive and kicking and ready to rock

Oxford Mail: Simple Minds

12:58pm Thursday 26th June 2014

Jim Kerr, frontman of iconic 80s band Simple Minds, tells Tim Hughes things have never been better

Rich pickings at 'Poshstock'

Oxford Mail:

9:46am Thursday 26th June 2014

Tim Hughes talks to Cornbury Festival Director Hugh Phillimore about his feast of music with an upper class vibe

Let Rainbow Reservoir fill your life with colour

Oxford Mail: Punk attitude: rainbow Reservoir

7:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

Looking for something different, TIM HUGHES meets up with the singer-songwriter Angela Space – who mixes beauty with dark-edged realism and a playful sense of fun

BST festival brings a feast of parklife

Oxford Mail: Arcade Fire are one of the many acts to look forward to

11:35am Thursday 19th June 2014

As London's BST festival lines up a season of music for all tastes and ages, Tim Hughes looks ahead to a top summer of live music

On yer bike for festival fun

Oxford Mail: Spokesman: Nicholas O’Brien and Nina Brown getting ready for the weekend’s Tandem Festival

8:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

Tim Hughes meets the brains behind the low-carbon, largely acoustic Tandem Festival

The rocker teaching students how to party...

Oxford Mail: Permission to party: Andrew WK (picture by Jonathan Thorpe)

5:03pm Friday 13th June 2014

Californian hedonist to impart his hard-earned knowledge of the benefits of revelry

Rabbit Foot Dispatches: Off the rails in Norfolk and Wood festival

Oxford Mail: Badger Sett: Spot the Rabbit Foot...

3:54pm Thursday 12th June 2014

The Original rabbit Foot Spasm Band's festival diary continues - with very different dates in Norfolk and back home in Oxfordshire

Andy Jordan has the Chelsea factor

Oxford Mail: Andy Jordan has the Chelsea factor

12:23pm Thursday 12th June 2014

Made In Chelsea star and former Oxford schoolboy Andy Jordan is all about the music. Tim Hughes reports

Madchester indie rockers are still as cool as... ever

Oxford Mail: Madchester indie rockers are still as cool as... ever

11:40am Thursday 12th June 2014

Inspirational Carpets guitarist Graham Lambert tells Marc Evans about the band's visit to Oxford and on being in a group that's been there, done that... and sold the T-shirt

Big break puts Glass Animals in spotlight

Oxford Mail: Big break puts Glass Animals in spotlight

11:31am Thursday 12th June 2014

Glastonbury, Meltdown, sell-out shows and a debut album release are all part of a crazy week for this Oxford band, as Tim Hughes finds out

Luke at Latitude

Oxford Mail: Latitude bound: Luke Sital-Singh

5:36pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

Wood festival headliner takes his down-tempo magic to Latitude

Setting sail once again after star's solo voyage

Oxford Mail: Setting sail once again after star's solo voyage

1:04pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Starsailor frontman James Walsh tells Tim Hughes why the time is now right for the successful indie pop band to get back together

Sex, drugs and jazz: Deep South operetta is a runaway success

Oxford Mail: Huck of a guy: Humphrey 'Huck' Astley

9:54am Thursday 5th June 2014

Alexander The Great tells the story of two runaway teens, with folk, rock, jazz and blues. Tim Hughes meets creator Humphrey 'Huck' Astley

Blur star is Latitude bound

Oxford Mail: Not such a Blur: Damon Albarn

6:50pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

Damon Albarn is one of many artists choosing to make exclusive appearances at Britain's most eclectic summer festival

Hear a Pin Drop...

Oxford Mail: String theory: Emily Scott

11:35am Thursday 29th May 2014

Emily Scott, Jess Hall and Julia Meijer play a night of beautiful music this Saturday

Chas & Dave still have plenty of rabbit

Oxford Mail: Dave Peacock and Chas Hodges

10:02am Thursday 29th May 2014

Chas Hodges, of Chas and Dave fame, tells Tim Hughes how the duo got together, and why their unique brand of pub-pop still brings in the crowds

Mystery 'Poshstock' headliner revealed...

Oxford Mail: The Gipsy Kings

11:13am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Cornbury reveals Romany party band will top the bill on festival's closing night

Festival fun is odds-on favourite

Oxford Mail: Sadie and the Hotheads

9:41am Thursday 22nd May 2014

On the eve of its 10th birthday, Tim Hughes finds out about Wychwood's eclectic line-up

Gipsy Kings to headline Cornbury Festival’s last night

Oxford Mail: The Gipsy Kings

8:30am Thursday 22nd May 2014

THE Gipsy Kings will top the bill on the closing night of the Cornbury Festival, ending months of speculation over the headline act.

Fracture break-through

Oxford Mail: Break-through band: Fracture

8:00am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Oxford's Fracture could well be the future of anthemic pop-rock. Listen here and decide for yourself...

Gypsy folk

Oxford Mail: Sacred space: Sam Lee and friends

5:19pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Sam Lee and band put a contemporary spin on some Travellers' gems at St John the Evangelist Church, Oxford

A night at the museum

Oxford Mail: Down on the farm: Jess Hall

4:07pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Tim Hughes looks forward to a weekend of after-hours music and fun at the county's museums

Rabbit Foot: Dispatches

Oxford Mail: Rabbit Foot: Dispatches

12:42pm Thursday 15th May 2014

OXFORD jump-blues and vintage-jazz group The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band have a ferocious reputation as a hard playing - and even harder partying - bunch of musical hedonists. This summer the dapper seven-piece are on the road, playing music festivals the length and breadth of the country. This is their festival diary....

'Wood' you believe it?

Oxford Mail: Wood festival carves way to good clean fun

9:33am Thursday 15th May 2014

Tim Hughes finds out what musical and eco-friendly attractions will be on offer at the sixth Wood festival

Chocks Away: Public Service Broadcasting take to the skies

Oxford Mail: Flying high: Public Service Broadcasting

1:49pm Friday 16th May 2014

Tim Hughes looks forward to a series of unique shows by electro-rock history buffs Public Service Broadcasting

Get Melodic with a Latin twist

Oxford Mail: Afro-folk pop with a real Latin twist? Surely not...

2:30pm Friday 9th May 2014

Folksters The Melodic are causing a stir brilliantly fusing the South American rhythms with, er, British Indie pop, writes Tim Hughes






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