Eliza And The Bear / Pixel Fix (Monday 29 September @ O2 Academy 2, Oxford): Fans of ‘infectious bombast’ should get along to this to check out the on-the-way-to-perhaps-getting-big band Eliza And The Bear; more importantly, the tour support is Oxford’s very own Pixel Fix. Who’s gonna blow who off stage, eh?
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me with live music from The Dreaming Spires (Friday 3 October @ The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford): Big Star are one of those legendarily influential bands, and the story surrounding their melancholic, beautiful music has been captured in this documentary film. It’s being shown at the lovely UPP, with the very suitable The Dreaming Spires providing some live music to kick the evening off.
We Love Highfield with Hudson Taylor / BurningBeeS / Family Machine and more (Saturday 4 October @ The Isis Farmhouse, Oxford): Everybody loves a good cause, so here’s an eight-hour spectacular in a glorious location that’s raising money for the Highfield Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Oxford’s Warneford Hospital. There’ll be music from Hudson Taylor, BurningBeeS, Family Machine, Toliesel, Jess Hall, Peerless Pirates, Talc Daemons, Clarke & Moore and Rory Evans.
Cold War! Rabbit Foot Spasm Band Soviet Theme Party (Saturday 4 October @ The Jericho Tavern, Oxford): Everybody also loves, er, a Soviet-themed party – right? If that’s up your street, this one has The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, The Balkan Wanderers and Anastasia Gorbunova, and hopefully not too much gulag action.
Duotone / Reichenbach Falls / Rebecca Cullen (Tuesday 7 October @ Old Fire Station, Oxford): A very refined line-up at this first anniversary gig for promoters The Listening Room. Several shades of folk/country/Americana-type-thing, in a reaaaaally nice venue.
Peter Andre (Thursday 9 October @ New Theatre, Oxford): Peter Andre is playing in Oxford. Peter Andre.
Oxjam in the round: Waltz In The Shallow End and more (Friday 10 October @ St Aldates Tavern, Oxford): This looks like fun, and for a good cause too. Waltz In The Shallow End, Jordan O’Shea’s latest musical project (as featured in the soundtrack of his recently-screened first movie), with more acts to be announced; all playing totally unplugged in the centre of St Aldates Tavern. Nerve-wracking for them, perhaps, but fine listening for the audience!
Full details of these and loads more gigs can be found in the events calendar.