MORE than 30 bands and artists played under one roof at a festival celebrating the best new alternative music.

Cowley Road played host to an all-day event on Saturday, September 14 called If Not Now When?

The event saw bands playing three stages at East Oxford Community Centre and featured everything from Durham four-piece Martha and American indie-rock quartet Pile, to Leeds rockers Bilge Pump and Oxford’s Jack Goldstein of alt-rockers Fixers.

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Picture by Helen Messenger.

If Not Now When? is organised by Oxford music promoters Aiden Canaday, James Cunning and Andrew Grillo of Divine Schism, and Idiot King’s Mike Chilcott and Tim Wright.

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Aden Canaday said: “The whole day went really, really well - so many people came along from all over the UK to celebrate and enjoy the DIY music scene and find their new favourite band!

"We had a great group of friends helping out on the day who we thank wholeheartedly! Glasshouse Studios, Fusion Arts and Vino Sangre were great partners for the festival - the vibe with the artists hanging out and supporting other acts, mingling with the punters and everyone together sitting in the sunny Fusion Arts courtyard in between sets added to the magical atmosphere.

"Martha and Pile were both extraordinary and I'm glad Rattle had an ace an attentive crowd for their hypnotic double drumming. So many musical highlights - it seemed everyone was smiling all day and it was definitely our favourite festival yet. Art inspiring art!"

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The crowd at the East Oxford Community Centre. Picture by Helen Messenger.

Aden added: "East Oxford Community Centre and Fusion Arts are a massive part of the day - they really lend themselves to what we're doing - small distance between all 3 stages and the courtyard creating a great community vibe.

"What happens next with the planned development work of the site will dictate what we do next year but it'll definitely be happening somewhere - it would be an honour to continue the community we've created and keep it progressing too - somewhere where music lovers of all walks of life want to spend a day in a safe, accessible space watching some amazing artists do their thing."