RITUAL UNION: In conversation with Knobblehead – ‘Expect a stage full of vibrant hippie grooves’


Cowley Road’s multi venue festival Ritual Union is back for its third year on Saturday October 19.

The all-dayer, which starts at 11am until the early hours, is fast becoming a mainstay of the Oxford music scene’s calendar and this year you’ll be able to catch it at the O2 Academy, The Bullingdon, The Library and Truck Store.

And amongst its gigs, gigs, gigs, will be the band Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (or Pigsx7 for short) who totally won us over at ArcTanGent earlier this summer with their artistically hard to pigeonhole take on Seventies sounding metal.

Another band that we are slathering at the mouth to catch are Young Knives who have been an Ocelot favourite ever since they appeared on the cover of the third ever magazine back in 2006 in all their glorious weirdness. The legendary Oxford stalwarts have been a bit quiet of late since Sick Octave in 2013 but promise a kickass set of new material and old.

They are joined by such amazing acts like She Drew The Gun, Teleman, The Comet is Coming, Ibibio Sound Machine and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.

We caught up with five of the best Oxford acts taking part for a few words.

Ahead of the show we chat to Knobblehead:

What are you working on at the moment?

Well, we have just finished our second single (A/B side) and first physical release, Surjectivity. It will be part of our debut LP ‘Knobblehead Strikes Again!’ which we’re planning to release next year!

What can we expect from your Ritual Union set?

A loud, euphoric, 9-piece-punch in the ear-face. Expect a stage full of riotous minstrels, BIG guitars and vibrant hippie grooves.

What other acts on the line-up would you recommend checking out?

I’m a huge fan of the Comet is Coming myself, Bo Ningen and unsurprisingly we all like Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Of the more local acts, I’d say Premium Leisure are always a pleasure to listen to.

For further information visit www.ritualunion.seetickets.com