After only being up and running for one year, Gathering Festival has already managed to assert itself confidently on the pop-up festival scene and this year it’s guaranteed to be even bigger and better than the last. Music enthusiasts of Oxford began drooling in anticipation following the smattering of acts that were announced back in May. As students returned to the city renowned for its educational prowess, the final line-up was posted along the walls of the eternally trendy Cowley Road for citizens to ogle at in astonishment.

So, who made the cut? Well, the folks at Gathering HQ have plucked 38 exciting acts resulting in a dazzling and diverse line up that is sure to quench the musical tastes of people far and wide. Amongst the performers you’ll find Temples, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs and Ruen Brothers who all craft music that oozes 60’s sensibilities and will inevitably have the crowds twirling in enthusiasm. However, for those in to a more modernistic take on the genre of rock then Cowley Road will be playing host to bands such a Cheatahs, Drenge, Findlay and Wolf Alice. The common thread between these four bands is that they will have guitars fully amplified, pedals at the ready and will shake you to your very core with undiluted garage rock. However, if you’ve never enjoyed being compressed up against a sweaty bundle of distortion adoring enthusiasts that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be at Gathering as a hoard of sweet-sounding pop acts will also be in attendance. Joint headliners London Grammar, James Young (who supported the aforementioned), AlunaGeorge, Chloe Höwl, Pawws and Laura Welsh will all be at hand to saturate the audience in infectiously catchy pop songs and get your hands joyously waving in the air. If you’re more in to dreamy indie jams that are littered with majestic choruses and soaring reverberations then check out Pylo, Dancing Years, Mt. Wolf, Oxford locals Spring Offensive and of course Californian favourites Local Natives. Additionally, friends of folk will find comfort at the shows of To Kill a King, Port Isla and Sweet William while those searching for electronic infused performances that are both innovative and textured should be sure to catch Fyfe, Troumaca and Aosoon.  

Ranging from bands that are famed on the Oxford circuit to bands that have been generating buzz across the pond, there is no doubt that the 19th October will be a phenomenal day of music. The city is quivering in excitement and ready to descend on Cowley Road for Gathering: the grass roots festival that has undoubtedly become one of the highlights of the local musical calendar.

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Words: George Hemmati 


AuthorDuncan Harrison