It has played host to many a memorable gig... and many more hazily recalled ones. For years, The Port Mahon in St Clement’s was at the very heart of the Oxford music scene, staging shows by big touring acts, up-and-coming buzz bands and groups taking their first tentative steps into the crazy world of rock & roll.

Things had gone quiet, musically speaking, at the iconic tavern, but now under new management it is once again set to regain its crown.

Having worked their magic at the Half Moon, further along St Clement’s, Johnnie Fisher and Cassie Jane along with manager Nelly Wimpenny have revamped ‘The Port’. And they are reopening this weekend with a musical spectacular to remind us exactly why we have missed it so much.

The fun begins today with an opening party getting underway at 4pm, and featuring Self Help and a set from hip-hop, bass and reggae DJ Trol23.

Then tomorrow sees a Sparky Spontaneous Showcase takeover followed on Sunday by a party by the city’s Pin Drop promotions, featuring the raucous country-punk-bluegrass rockers Deadbeat Apostles, Marcus Corbett and The Epstein.

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And it doesn’t stop there – with a suprisingly diverse range of offerings to come, including a French folk session on Monday, June 10, and a party weekend from June 14-16 to celebrate the 40th issue party of Oxfordshire Music Scene, featuring a show and DJ sets by Oxford group Mother and other local bands.

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On June 15 there’s a show by The Shiners, on June 16, there’s an event to commemorate Irish novelist James Joyce, and on June 17 there’s a Scandinavian folk session.

On Friday, June 21 things stay eclectic with a Latin open mic night, before Oxford musical history is made on Saturday, June 22 with a Summer in the City event to mark the previous day’s summer solstice – which sees the return of club nights Vacuous Pop and Trashy.

Then there’s Galician folk on June 26 and Hipbone Slim on Friday June 28.

Nelly says: “I’m so excited with our June line up. It reflects our commitment to celebrate traditional music is as many forms as possible as well as bringing up new music and new talent.

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We also want it to be a community hub and encourage all kinds of culture. We will be celebrating the birthday of James Joyce and in future hope to be hosting art happenings and installations, stand up comedy and poetry. I want the Port to feel as inclusive and welcoming as possible to all who want to sail in her.”