This June, 20 young and curious musicians will come to meet and share their music in the rolling hills of the Oxfordshire countryside, as part of the Ethno World programme.

There will be bonfires, dancing, festival preparations, workshops, and most of all, music!

Tandem Music Festival is returning for a fifth year this month! The three-day event, running from 21-23 June, brings together music, art, dance, workshops, food and eco-friendliness for an unmissable experience.

Taking place in the idyllic surroundings of Lower Farm in Oxfordshire the volunteer-powered festival promises a huge line-up of talented musicians, from funk to a full size orchestra, balkan beats to late night DJs, plus resident musicians from around the globe sharing the sounds of their cultures.

Lauren Spicely, Ethno England Coordinator said: “Ethno is a really special project that takes people by surprise every year – you can’t fully get across the sheer joy of it to people in words, they have to come and see it. But to feel the magic of 20 young incredible musicians from countries all around the world who have become family over just one week or working together…. it’s something magical.

“We ask the people of Oxford to welcome these young musicians to our city and experience a lively evening, filled with a joyful melting pot of sounds. An audience member at last year’s Ethno performance commented that it was, “delicate, unexpected and uplifting. It really moved the audience.” 

Ethno England Band’s first performance will be on Wednesday 19 June at Tap Social Brewery, as part of a double-bill presented by OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music), featuring Oxford jazz fusion stalwarts, The Brickwork Lizards. On Friday 21 June, Tandem Festival audiences will be treated to an exclusive performance on the Main Stage.

You can expect a unique night of world music at each; a vibrant show bursting with energy, talent and originality. A one-off performance from an ephemeral orchestra of musicians each steeped in their own musical traditions brought together for one week only.

The festival will also be packed with dance, storytelling, crafts and workshops to introduce you to everything from yoga to bitcoin to feminism for dads. Family groups are also catered for with a host of new things to do this year with arts, activities and unamplified stages for little ears.

Eco-friendliness and inclusivity are at the heart of the festival, with organisers encouraging low-carbon transport to the festival. Every attempt has been made to avoid non-recyclable waste, upcycle as much as possible and only serve veggie/vegan ethically and locally sourced food.  The site is step-free and family-friendly with unisex and accessible toilets.

Tandem Festival is part of Tandem Collective, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that engages and empowers new audiences to tackle environmental and social issues through music and the arts.

Ethno World has been running for 30 years, taking place in countries across the globe, and Oxford is home to the UK edition. Ethno is a unique project for traditional and folk musicians aged 18-30, bringing together musicians from around the globe to share their instruments, voices, experiences and cultures with one another – for many it will be their very first time in the UK.

Weekend, camping and day tickets on sale now at: www.tandemfestival.com 

Under 12s go free

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