‘The essential festival band!’
Having spent the summer rocking crowds at Boomtown, Shambala and Glastonbury, Laid Blak return to Skylarkin’ Oxford for an intimate show in their favourite basement. Born out of the 90s jungle scene in their native Bristol, over the past decade the Laid Blak project has grown into an acclaimed 8-piece band – winning awards left, right and centre for their incendiary live shows, which take in reggae, dancehall, hip hop and soul. They’ve had hits too – Red and Bristol Love have been played all over the radio and all over the world. Once experienced, NEVER forgotten! Get down early.

On the decks, Count Skylarkin is joined by Laid Blak’s own DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng, rocking the dance with big and bouncy reggae, dancehall, hip hop and drum & bass till the small hours.

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 30th September at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3HZ
10pm-3am | Tickets | Facebook


Oxford’s newest dub sensations take over Oxford’s longest-running reggae night!

After tearing up the stage at Common People and conquering the airwaves courtesy of David Rodigan on BBC1Xtra, 9-piece brass’n’bass pioneers ZAIA are bringing their deep, danceable, dubwise grooves to The Cellar for a very special live show. Featuring the bewitching vocals of Amy Mackown, the richter-scale bass rumble of David Tomlinson, roof-rattling rhythms by James Bolton and a slew of special guests onstage and on the decks.

“…a phenomenally slick reggae band…” Nightshift Magazine

Friday 24th June 2016 at The Cellar, Frewin Court (off Cornmarket), OX1 3HZ
10pm-3am / £3 earlybird / 5 adv / £6 otd

Every Thursday night this summer, Count Skylarkin and friends present Jamaica Rum Tings Rooftop Sessions at The Prince of Wales in Brixton. Great food, amazing drinks, sunshine, BBQ and BASS! Featuring guest appearances from Daddy G (Massive Attack), DJ Vadim (Ninja Tune), Earl Gateshead (Trojan Soundsystem), DJ Shepdog (Nice Up!), Wrongtom (Tru Thoughts), Dirty Dubsters, Aldo Vanucci and more. Best of all, thanks to our friends at Wray & Nephew Jamaican Overproof Rum, admission is FREE!

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to simmer down with some big basslines on Brick Lane this Sunday from 6pm!

Seasoned selectahs Count Skylarkin (Trojan Records) and Dirty Dubsters (Irish Moss Records) take you island-hopping through reggae, ska, calypso, dancehall, hip hop and rub-a-dub at the famously summery Big Chill Bar, next to Rough Trade. Best of all, the door tax is FREE.

Friday April 15th – Live at The Bullingdon, Oxford
‘From listening to records we just knew what to do…’

In 2008, ten musicians decided to take on the impossible idea of recreating DJ Shadow’s seminal ‘Endtroducing‘ album. A seemingly unplayable masterpiece created entirely from samples, the band’s mission was to play the whole album live, note for note, on real instruments – guitars, bass, organs, keys, sax, cello and mindbending drums. Leaving crowds awe-struck, Introducing went on to sell out shows at The Jazz Café, Koko and subsequently all over the country. Festival shows across Europe soon followed, with critics praising the project’s uniqueness and musicianship.

Following ‘Endtroducing‘, the band approached Mr. Scruff in order to recreate the Ninja Tune artist’s classic tracks. More recently, their third project saw them take on Daft Punk’s timeless ‘Discovery’, climaxing in a live Radio 1 performance in 2014. This saw 38 Daft Punk tunes played in only 5 minutes for the first completely live Annie Mac Minimix – still one of the most listened to Minimixes on Radio 1’s Soundcloud.

So what next for Introducing? Back to where it all began of course.

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of ‘Endtroducing’ in 1996. To honour this auspicious occasion, IntroducingLive will return to where it all started by recreating DJ Shadow’s classic album like never before.

On April 15th 2016, Introducing return to the scene of their first ever club gig – the Cowley Road in Oxford to recreate Endtroducing once again. Fans of DJ Shadow and connoisseurs of ‘Endtroducing’ will not want to miss this.

‘We are now approaching Midnight!’

They come from North London and they speak the truth. They are General Roots! As seen at Boomtown, SGP, Outlook and Soundwave festivals and countless more, sharing stages with the likes of Kiko Bun and Hollie Cook, The Generals’ carefully-concocted brew of bouncing dancehall, heavy dub and sweet lovers rock has gained admiration far and wide. Back by popular demand! On the decks, Count Skylarkin lays down big basslines from the top till the very last drop. Skylarkin’ Soundsystem is Oxford’s #1 reggae and bass culture clubnight for the past 16 years!

Friday April 29th 2016
The Cellar, Frewin Court Oxford OX1 3HZ
10pm-3am / £5 adv / £6 door
Tickets | Facebook

DJ Derek, 1941-2015

Crop Derek Ben

Derek used to say of his audiences, “You make an old man very happy”. Well Derek, you made so many people so, so happy. Yours was one of the most significant and enduring friendships of my life, and I’ll miss you every day.