Rejoice music fans of Oxfordshire, for the worst of the winter blues are behind us!
The O2 Academy is diving straight back into its packed schedule of top acts to make sure you’ve got something to dance to through the last throes of Jack Frost’s reign of icy terror!
First up in January is a welcome return for Hertfordshire four-piece The Hunna, who sold out their January 25 date at the O2 Academy2 before Christmas had even settled into its festive drinking trousers. So if you’re a fan of these boys, or the epic support act High Tyde and didn’t get a ticket, sorry you are missing out!
However, when we went to press there were still tickets available for the Bob Marley Birthday Festival being run by Robert Nesta Dub. Featuring Ras Keith, ZAIA, Tom Dred, King Lloyd, Dan-I, Jah Paul and Tony Dread, why not try celebrating the life of a legend by dancing away those January blues.
February kicks in with hip-hop’s latest rising star Loyle Carner, who is in Oxford on the seventh to support his highly anticipated debut album, Yesterday’s Gone. Loyle’s insight, erudition and poetic intensity have earned him the respect of all the right people: die-hard hip-hop fans, industry insiders and most importantly, his peers.
Little Comets descend on Oxford on February 9, bringing their ‘kitchen sink indie rock’ with them in support of latest album WORHEAD. Expect walls of noise and singalong tunes that keep you feeling good throughout the night.
Having put their invasion plans on hold in December, Star Wars themed metal act Galactic Empire will finally be appearing at the O2 Academy on February 18, this time supported by virtuoso guitar star Sithu Aye. The internet sensations perform classic pieces from the iconic soundtrack of the Star Wars films written by John Williams, sure to please members of both the Empire and Rebel Alliance alike.
After the release of her acclaimed third album Wild Things featuring singles ‘Let it Roll’, ‘A Love Song’ and ‘Wild Things’, and her sold out 2016 worldwide tour, synth-pop artist Pip Brown (aka Ladyhawke) from New Zealand is back on UK turf for a run of shows, including Valentines’ Day in Oxford. (That’s February 14 for those who may forget every year…)
Due to overwhelming public demand, White Lies are returning to the stage for a new headline tour in support of their latest album, Friends including February 25 at the O2 Academy. Recorded in Bryan Ferry’s private studio in London’s Olympia, Friends was self-produced by the band and featured Grammy-winning engineer James Brown (Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys), David Wrench (Caribou, FKA Twigs) on mixing duties and long-term collaborator, Ed Buller.
Following the White Lies show, you may want to stick around as at 11pm, Dusky take to the stage to share their vast catalogue of electronica influenced music, from Belgian techno through to vintage progressive house to ambient, new beat and electronica.
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