A new music festival in Banbury which promotes the town’s talented singers and musicians will take to the stage next month.
DeerJam is a two-day event starting on Friday, June 5 until Saturday, June 6 at the Reindeer Pub on Parsons Street, where a host of talented bands and musicians will play at the venue which dates back to the 17th Century.
The event is free but donations will be taken on the door for Katharine House Hospice and Cherwell Rotaract, a project for people aged between 18 and 30.
Tanicha Bonham, general manager of the Reindeer and one of the festival organisers, said: “This will be Banbury’s newest music festival taking place at the town’s oldest pub. We want to promote the area as it has got an amazing music scene, and the Reindeer is part of that as it hosts a range of music events as well.
“Other organisers from festivals such as Bodfest and Spookfest are on the festival’s committee which has been a huge help. Some of the other organisers are in regular bands that play throughout the year and support the pub as well. This is certainly the biggest event I’ve organised!”
The music on Friday will get under way inside the pub from 6pm as part of an acoustic night. Artists include Shadow Souls, Joe Blackman and Barnaby Newman, with Bushfieldsmith completing the order.
The second day of music will start from 1pm and feature a stage in the pub’s outside area. With the ability to fit up to 400 people, the running order includes Leigh Chambers, Nonchalent Brothers, Rufus Goodlove, The Boogiesnakes, Crookshanks and Mississippi Disco. The Duckworths will then round the evening off as the headline act.
Ms Bonham said: “Katharine House Hospice is close to everybody’s hearts in the town as they have heard of the charity or know someone who was treated there. Banbury Rotaract hold their meetings at the Reindeer and do a lot of work in the community but it is also trying to raise more awareness about their work.
“The Reindeer is a flagship pub with Hook Norton Brewery so there will also be an ale and cider festival with lots of different ones to try and a barbecue. DeerJam is about promoting the traditional pub values and that they can be fun places to be.
“It is a free event which is raising funds for two worthy causes and has fantastic live music over two days. The raffle has got some incredible prizes.”
Eight guests ales will be on offer for enthusiasts on both days. along with the usual Hook Norton Brewery lines.
Raffle prizes include Cornbury Festival tickets which takes place from July 10-12, and vouchers from several Parsons Street businesses.
They include £100 Jane Shilton vouchers from Bags & Baggage and £500 worth of vouchers from Watermans Goldsmiths and Jewellers.
For more information visit www.deerjam.com