Local bands, musicians and DJs took to the stage in St Leonard’s Church, Banbury for the second Grimsbury Music Festival.
Opening with an evening of jazz featuring the 1984 Ensemble and Francesco Lettieri and hard-hitting blues from Get Loose, the event also welcomed electronic act Flexsi and DJs from the Middleton Road Project. The festival culminated on Saturday, August 22, with an impressive line-up of local artists hosted by Oxfordshire’s The Strummer Room Project including Banbury’s up and coming indie-rockers, Punch Drunk Monkey Club, Aylesbury’s Callow Saints, and Oxford’s The Other Dramas and Half Decent.
The festival was conceived by artistic director Kris Reeder who said: “I decided in 2014 to create a space for new bands, emerging artists and musicians to explore and develop their abilities and skills. The rationale of the festival is to allow new music to flourish within an open and flexible performative environment with as little red tape and procedural interference as possible.”
Mr Reeder has been working closely with Sue Burchell, the vicar at the church, transforming it into one of north Oxfordshire’s premier live music venues drawing on the wonderful, large, acoustics to create pulsating, niche and thrilling live music performances.
Kris added: “We have had financial support from the town and county council’s which has helped equip the church with a state of the art equipment and we have recently teamed up with Chris Oakes at The Strummer Room Project and are determined to ensure that the festival continues for many years to come.”
The Grimsbury Music Festival team have already set the date for next year’s event which will run for four days from August 17-20. There are a number of fundraising gigs lined up, the first will take place in St Leonard’s Church on Saturday, October 24 featuring The Matt Edwards Band, David Tudor and more to be announced. Tickets will be on sale soon and will be available from the website as well as several outlets around Banbury. Visit www.http://grimsburymusic.weebly.com/