Here's a gallery we've put together of a selection of photos from the last 5 years of our Summer Sessions festival. So many amazing artists, so many incredible people and wonderful spaces. Thank you also to the amazing photographers who have supplied us with the majority of this pictures.
WOT SOME OTHERS FINK...
Our Summer Sessions have become a treasured day for us in our yearly programming. It’s all about creating a beautiful summers day for audiences and bands and solo artists alike. We imagine what musically would be the most wonderful artists to hear at that time and invite them down to play in an equally stunning setting.
It doesn't matter if an artist is well known or not, it's ALL about the skill and originality of what they do. We love giving a platform to incredibly inspiring, brave and boundary breaking creatives that you may never have known about before. It's all part of the dates creative adventures.
For 3 successive years we've been the very proud recipients of Arts Council Funding. In 2018 we were excited to add PRS for Music funding to this too. This support has meant we've been able to make significant progress withour vision for the event and keep tickets very affordable. As well as super careful programming of music and the wider arts, the venue and production values are also a crucial part of the experience for both the public and performances. We've visited an array of amazing venues over the years including Hogacre Eco Park, The Perch, TOAD, and Victoria Arms in Marston.
If you managed to come. Thank you for your support. We are now taking a break for 2019. Sadly England freakishly made it to the Semi Finals last year, and while numbers were still great considering, we didn't experience the tickets we needed to break even. In fact we lost a lot of money. So this year and maybe next - in terms of the festival - it's all about repairing our financial situation paired with a hugely enjoyable research and development phase.
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“Think outside the boxes of genre – then stamp on those boxes, in deranged bliss.” Daily Info
“it is time for one of the highlights of Oxford’s musical summer – the Irregular Folks Summer Sessions.” The Oxford Times
"offering something a little different from your average festival, emphasising a carefully curated bill of music that tends towards the leftfield and experimental" Truck Records
“Wackiest indie event of the year” The Guestlist
“a boundary-breaking Arts Council funded programme of great, unique music and other art forms to tantalise the ears and eyes, including art, comedy, poetry and film” FRUK
“Irregular Folks is one of our local festival highlights. Arts Council Funded too, this year's edition promises to be the best yet.” - WeGotTickets
"Irregular Folks is a celebration of everything interesting and creative" - Summer Sessions 2016
The Oxford Times' Weekend Supplement.
'Irregular Folks organiser Vez Hoper has earned a reputation over the last few years of making every gig and event.... The emphasis is on invention as well as great song writing, and today’s is one of the most ambitious line ups of any event this summer." Nightshift,
“I had the tremendous joy and privilege of being part of what, having been there, I can only assume to be The Greatest Music Festival you’ve never been to.” Blog HaydonSpenceley.com
“‘Irregular Folk’ shaped up to be one of the best musical weekends I’ve ever had.“
WAWWA Summer Session