Arts & Culture

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 festival we caught up with Premium Leisure’s Chris Barker:

What are you working on at the moment?

We’ve recently got back into playing a few gigs and I have just been in the studio with drummer Mike Monaghan, working on a new set of songs for the next chapter. We are planning to release some singles later this year alongside some shows.

What can we expect from your Ritual Union set?

We’ve added new songs to the set and re-worked a couple of old tunes too. The Premium Leisure line up is always changing, which has really helped evolve the live show, every run through is different and fresh. I’m lucky to have an amazing group of musicians to play with, each bringing their own flavour into the mix. Ritual Union is going to be special one for us, so we’ll be sure to conjure up some exclusive treats.

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

I caught Young Knives at the Wheatsheaf the other night and was blown away, so I would highly recommend slinging them into your day plan.

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