Oxford and the wider Oxfordshire area has produced some top music bands, some with a global following:

  • Radiohead – selling more than 30 million albums worldwide and even gaining a guest slot on The Simpsons cartoon show, this band certainly rock Oxford
  • Supergrass – part of the 1990s Brit Pop era, their singles including “Alright” were popular mosh pit fillers
  • Ride – while this band didn’t reach the heights of Radiohead, they certainly gave it their best shot, and indeed, their bassist went on to global acclaim with Oasis (and yes, we’ve all sung an acapella version of Oasis’s “Maybe” with friends)

There might be another band on the way to challenging these big boys one day.

Oxford’s very own indie rock band Foals were the closing act to the UK Latitude Festival on 21st July – this was their first UK headline set and a big step up in the music world.

The front man Yannis Philippakis said that “It definitely feels like the culmination of a pretty good year. It feels right, we don’t feel particularly nervous, we just want to relish it.”

With more familiar names of Bloc Party and Kraftwerk headlining the Friday and Saturday, it would have been understandable if Foals felt the pressure of closing the entire festival. But relish it they did. Foals thrilled the crowd with their music and won many new fans, including many of the Oxford Scholastica team.

The Foals look destined for more success – performing on the Main Stage set at the Reading and Leeds Festivals this month. Watch this space – Oxford’s Foals are set to take the country by storm!


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