Archive for September, 2011

In 2008 we showcased Introducing‘s live take on DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing in a venue for the first time anywhere in the world. The 10-piece won widespread plaudits for the show – performing the length of Shadow’s seminal long-player 100% live – without a sampler in sight. In the three years since Introducing have wowed crowds at festivals and sold-out venues all over the UK and Europe – including Bestival, Electric Picnic, Outlook, Koko, Kentish Town Forum, Manchester Band On The Wall and The Camden Jazz Cafe.

Now they’re back, and once again Oxford is getting the world premiere!Mr Scruff’s biggest tunes performed 100% live by a 10-piece band, without a sampler in sight*

*Mr Scruff not included


Friday November 4th at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford
7:30pm-10pm | £8 advance (inc entry to Skylarkin’ Soundsystem afterwards)

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So I’m at Outlook Festival supping dodgy Croatian brandy, and suddenly it dawns on me that I haven’t booked anyone to play The Cellar in October yet. So I looked around the backstage bar and I spotted some pals…

Newly renamed and set for greatness, Desta Zion & The Elements are one of the youngest, brightest and best reggae bands in the country. Heavy basslines and vice-tight Caribbean rhythms bubble underneath the soaring vocal harmonies of Bermudian frontman Desta-Zion Wilson and backing singers Kelly Watson and Jenny Williams. Last seen in Oxford supporting Dawn Penn. This band is truly special.

Nice Up! head-honcho, mash-up impressario and occasional exotic dancer, we’ve no idea why it’s taken us so long to finally get DJ Shepdog to The Cellar. Anyone who caught his beach-block set at Outlook Festival will know to expect big bass, surprising singalongs and possibly some nudity as our Shep makes up for lost time.

Fresh from hosting the Outlook main stage, the mic-mad Mancstafarian returns to The Cellar. Kwasi’s other main job is MCing for Mr Scruff. Rasta-fookin-faaari.

His Croatia suntan may be fading, but The Count’s appetite for vintage ska and rocksteady and floor-shaking newer gems is as keen as ever.


Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 7th October at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford
9pm-3am | £5 advance/door
£4 before 11pm for Brookes Bass Associates

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