Spring Offensive / Salvation Bill / Willie J Healey (Thursday 20 November @ O2 Academy 2, Oxford): You’re running out of time to see the marvellous Spring Offensive play live, as they announced a little while ago that they’re to split. So, this is likely to be their final Oxford show, unfortunately! On the upside, they always put on a great show, and there’s some solid local support here also.
Flights Of Helios / I Said Yes / Julia Meijer (Friday 21 November @ The Jericho Tavern, Oxford): Good ol’ Daisy Rodgers Music Promotion always put together a good line-up, and this gig serves as a very fine example. Marvellous, mind-expanding melodies from Flights Of Helios, finely-honed spectral singing from Julia Meijer, and melodic, pop-infused folk from I Said Yes.
The Pretty Reckless / Heaven’s Basement / Nothing More (Saturday 22 November @ O2 Academy, Oxford): Worth mentioning for the fact that it’s been sold out for ages, The Pretty Reckless promise “upbeat, beat-wise humour that hard rock has suppressed ever since grunge”, which sounds pretty awful, but who knows. Perhaps the £49 ‘VIP’ tickets are still available, if you’re that keen to see them, and to also get involved in some kind of five-minute meet’n’greet, or something…
Beardyman (Wednesday 26 November @ O2 Academy, Oxford): Quirky beatboxing and loop manipulation from a man who has sometimes been known to wear a colander on his head. If that sounds like your thing, here’s the perfect gig for you.
Oxford City Festival (Monday 24 November to Saturday 29 November @ various venues, Oxford): The annual Oxford City Festival takes place once again; it’s a week-long shindig that sees a huge variety of local musicians plying their trade across many of Oxford’s venues. It’s going to be hard to avoid it, so instead, why not embrace it?
Full details of these and loads more gigs can be found in the events calendar.