A cappella singing is one of the great Oxford student traditions. This is where groups form to sing popular songs with no background instrumental accompaniment. Amongst all the UK universities, Oxford is blessed with a high number of such bands, many of them very talented.

Out of the Blue are possibly Oxford’s most well known a capella group. Founded in 2000 by a Harvard student on semester in Oxford, Out of the Blue are an all-male band known for their impressive close harmonies, groovy dancing and cheeky sense of humour.

They came to the wider UK’s attention when competing in Britain’s Got Talent show in 2011, wowing the audience with their take on Lady Gaga:

They reached the semi-finals, but in a shock public vote they failed to reach the finals when everyone thought they would (the crowd booed in disgust!).

Unbowed, they continued to flourish in Oxford, releasing a hilarious cover of Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie that has been seen over 5 million times on Youtube:

They have recently been awarded 2014 Champions at the Voice Festival University Competition, and have released a Christmas charity single:

Stay tuned to find out more about Oxford’s other best a capella groups!