Banbury’s DeerJam festival set to be annual event after success

Rufus Goodlove perform on stage at DeerJam on Saturday. Picture by Carol Henson. NNL-150906-151051001
Rufus Goodlove perform on stage at DeerJam on Saturday. Picture by Carol Henson. NNL-150906-151051001

Music, sunshine and good company provided the perfect combination to help promote Banbury’s musical talent at the first DeerJam festival.

The two-day event got under way last Friday with an acoustic set at the town’s oldest pub the Reindeer on Parsons Street. And with the temperatures soaring on Saturday, hundreds of people then gathered outside to watch Banbury’s popular bands in the pub’s courtyard.

Dave Arrowsmith performs at DeerJam on Saturday. Picture by Carol Henson. NNL-150906-151131001

Dave Arrowsmith performs at DeerJam on Saturday. Picture by Carol Henson. NNL-150906-151131001

Tanicha Bonham, general manager of the Reindeer and one of the organisers, said the response to the first festival was fantastic.

She said: “We were blessed with beautiful weather which really helped a lot. Both days we were full to capacity and everybody seemed to really enjoy themselves.

“I am really proud of everybody and really grateful for all the public and businesses who made a contribution. As well as our regular customers it was so nice to meet some new faces. It has been so popular we are hoping to make DeerJam an annual event.”

More than £2,000 has been raised so far from the event, which will be split between Katharine House Hospice and the Rotoract project, who hold their meetings at the pub every Wednesday.

Barnaby Newman performs an acoustic set at the Reindeer Inn on Parsons Street as part of DeerJam. Picture by Carol Henson. NNL-150906-151106001

Barnaby Newman performs an acoustic set at the Reindeer Inn on Parsons Street as part of DeerJam. Picture by Carol Henson. NNL-150906-151106001

Among the bands playing at the weekend including Rufus Goodlove, Mississippi Disco, the Duckworths and Crookshanks.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the town's first DeerJam festival at the Reindeer Inn on Friday and Saturday. Picture by Carol Henson. NNL-150906-151118001

Hundreds of people enjoyed the town's first DeerJam festival at the Reindeer Inn on Friday and Saturday. Picture by Carol Henson. NNL-150906-151118001