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
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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.

The Nine Ton Peanut Smugglers were born after one too many Belgian Ales in an Oxford basement in 2004 and went on to become one of the finest purveyors of authentic live ska, rhythm & blues and caribbean boogaloo in the UK – sharing stages with Toots & The Maytals, Ska Cubano and The Skatalites alongside numerous festival appearances at home and abroad. In 2012 they released their one and only LP ‘Drop Some Leg’ to considerable critical acclaim.

“The best, most authentic ska ever played by white men”
“Oxford’s Skatalites!”

Twelve years on and with a raft of other projects in the pipeline, the band are finally hanging up their roasted snacks for the last time. But not before a suitably HEAVY send-off in their hometown! Featuring, for the first time ever, a specially expanded line-up, making The Nine Tons a 9-piece brassbound behemoth!

UK R&B legend Sir Bald Diddley on vocals and guitar
The unmistakable drumming of Holly Golightly sticksman Bruce ‘Bash’ Brand
The Late Ron McRobbie on bass
The tonking piano of Kid Wig
The FIVE honking horns of Johnny Loafer, Spadge McRae, Napoleon Trombonaparte, Tommy Temptation and Pama International’s Simon Wilcox

For the final time – pure, authentic island ska and Jamaican boogie as it was originally intended. Come Drop Some Leg.

Count Skylarkin (Trojan Records) takes to the decks before and afterwards, keeping you rocking from the top till the very last drop.

The Cellar, Frewin Court Oxford OX1 3HZ
10pm-3am / £5 adv / £6 door
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