Following a long break due to coronavirus, music venues are back and gigs are up and running at venues on Cowley Road including The Bullingdon and the 02 Academy.

Live music returned to The Bullingdon on Friday, with a show by local singer-songwriter Emma Hunter and friends.

Friday’s show at The Bullingdon was the first at the Cowley Road venue since it fell dark at the start of the first lockdown in March 2020.

Oxford Mail:

The gig, which also featured Daniel Ma’ani and Scott Gordon, and Emma’s drummer Tom Bruce, was staged by Oxford promoter Mark ‘Osprey’ O’Brien, of city-based It’s All About the Music.

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The 02 Academy is also back and is lining up some well-known names including Richard Hawley, James, The Bluetones and Declan McKenna.

And Truck Store record shop sometimes stages gigs.

Arrangements for watching bands are different to how they were pre-pandemic.

The 02 Academy website says: "As a responsible venue operator and employer, we will be following Government guidance and recommendations.

Oxford Mail:

Before you visit, everything you need to know will be in our FAQs with lots of links to guide you through, but we know the two big questions you’ll need the answer to before you visit will be about entry and face coverings.

"For entry, you will need to demonstrate your Covid-19 status by providing either:

•Proof of a negative NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test (such test to be taken within 24 hours prior to attending the event at the venue); or

•Proof of full vaccination - both doses received (with the second at least 14 days prior to the arrival at the venue); or

•Proof of natural immunity based upon a positive PCR test within 180 days of arrival at the venue (and after the 10-day self-isolation period following the result).

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"We'd like it if you'd wear a face covering. Whilst it's no longer a mandatory requirement, we'd encourage you to be mindful of others and follow this recommendation and advice about personal responsibility to cover you face.

Oxford Mail:

"Our staff will be wearing face coverings as well and we’re working hard to ensure that you, our staff and our teams behind the scenes, have an enjoyable experience, so all we ask is that you play your part in helping us to help you."