Glass Animals (Thursday 26 June @ The Jericho Tavern, Oxford): Glass Animals seem to be becoming a ‘next big thing from Oxford’ band, with all kinds of plaudits and positive press springing up. They launch their debut album Zaba with an Oxford date that’s sure to be very busy and rambunctious.
All Tamara’s Parties with The Epstein / Julia Meijer / Sephine Llo (Friday 27 June @ St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford): Yet another selection of top-notch acoustic sets from some of Oxford’s best and most interesting artists, in a lovely location. All Tamara’s Parties know their onions!
The Mighty Cadillacs / Blunderbuster / The August List (Saturday 28 June @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford): Help primo Oxford promoters Gappy Tooth Industries celebrate their 12th birthday at this gig, with a bit o’blues, a bit o’rock and a bit o’country twang. Gappy Tooth are renowned for eclectic, fun line-ups, and this special birthday gig maintains the tradition.
Peter Doherty (Wednesday 2 July @ O2 Academy 2, Oxford): Announced at pretty short notice, the dippy loveable drug-hoovering rogue Peter Doherty, of The Libertines, plays what will inevitably be called an ‘intimate’ show before the full band kicks off their summer touring. Will he turn up? Will he be any good? Will he accept being known as Pete, rather than Peter? Only one way to find out…
Cornbury Music Festival (Friday 4 July-Sunday 6 July @ Great Tew Park): The line-up may not be the most cutting edge or revolutionary for a lot of people – with sets promised from the likes of The Gipsy Kings, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Jools Holland and Simple Minds – but hey, it’s likely to be sunny and it’s likely to be relaxed and good-natured. Plus, there are a fine selection of Oxford bands lined up to play, too, including The Epstein, Brickwork Lizards and The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band.
Oxfordshire Music Charity Football World Cup (Saturday 5 July @ Oxford City FC 3G pitches, Oxford): It’s not a gig, but it is a thing of note… organised by promoters Pindrop and Audioscope, local musicians are set to lock horns (or whatever footballers do – lock football boots?) in a series of six-a-side matches on what will hopefully be a fine, fun Saturday afternoon. It’s all for a good cause – money raised will go to Shelter and The Gatehouse – so why not pop along to cheer on the teams?
Cowley Road Carnival (Sunday 6 July @ Cowley Road, Oxford): Something of a legendary and well-loved event, Cowley Road Carnival will see music, dance, entertainments, food, crowds, hanging out, drinking, meeting up with old chums, and generally having a jolly old time up and down the Cowley Road for the afternoon. There’ll be music from The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band (they get around), The Dublings and DJ FU amongst many others.
Full details of these and loads more gigs can be found in the events calendar.