Sun Ra Arkestra
‘The possible has been tried and failed. Now it's time to try the impossible.’ ~ Sun Ra
The half-century reign of afrofuturism pioneer and cosmic jazzologist Sun Ra has undoubtedly shaped music's modern-day climate – from jazz, soul and hip hop, all the way to techno. Now, his legacy lives on through his ‘Intergalactic Arkestra'. With 30+ musicians altogether, the Arkestra trained and toured with Sun Ra until the very end of his life in 1993 – and continue to play his revolutionary music to this day under the direction of alto-saxophonist and longtime Sun Ra collaborator, Marshall Allen.
Marshall Allen, as Musical Director of the Arkestra, is now in his 60th year of continuous activity within the Arkestra. Marshall has been in the Sun Ra Arkestra 23 years longer than Sun Ra himself. In Spring 2019 Marshall Allen will turn 95 years young, an incredible achievement which the Arkestra are celebrating with an unforgettable European tour. As the final show of this special tour, the Arkestra will be making their first ever visit to the city of Oxford as OddBall’s interstellar headliner.
JFB is a uniquely talented DJ and definitely an artist to look out for. His successes have been from taking his superb technical ability on the turntables and adapting these skills to whatever environment he finds himself in. Whether its a Nightclub, Festival or Bar, he will entertain the crowd by covering all musical genres from Hiphop, Funk, Dubstep, Glitch Hop, Trap, Swing, Breakbeat and Drum & Bass with his own ‘JFB’ style.
Few other artists have been at the forefront of turntabilism in a party environment than Brighton’s very own JFB, a scratch DJ and party rocker extraordinaire who has won the UK DMC Championships in 2007, 2011 and 2015, plus he was a Red Bull Thre3style European Wildcard Champion in 2016! He has also been affiliated with brands such as Pioneer DJ, Serato, Rane, Reloop & DJ City.
JFB fully understands how to make a dancefloor shake. This is an artist who’s fully immersed in bass culture and many of the tunes you will hear him spin, will be his own special edits, remixes & exclusives. He has performed at the Breakspoll awards & the DnB Arena awards as a special guest, with his nostalgic DNB routine getting massive respect from the community.
Dutty Moonshine is currently skyrocketing to success with his 14 piece act; The Dutty Moonshine Big Band. He built a huge fan base via DJ-ing across 4 continents with his take on fusing vintage sounds with modern day bass music. While he doesn’t DJ that much these days due to the band that just makes it that extra special if you get a chance to catch him at it. The 1st half of his sets are heavy bass laden sets using Jazz/Swing/Blues to tie it all together. The 2nd half is usually ruthless bass lengers.
Tiger Mendoza is the alias of the producer/remixer/multi-instrumentalist Ian De Quandros. Following the release of the Hope Sick EP in 2009, Tiger Mendoza has release a number of EPS and albums as well as producing remixes for artists and bands including Public Enemy, DJ Shadow (who he also supported), and Little Red. Live shows are a shapeshifting beast, based around massive breaks, bass, and, more than anything else, energy.
His most recent releases, Old Ideas 1 and 2, released in 2017 and 2018 respectively were an attempt at trying to deal with personal and national events over the last 2 years and involved collaborations with a number of friends, old and new, from the Oxford Music scene including Kid Kin, Luke from Daisy, Asher Dust and a track with rapper / poet Pierquin which earned a spot in Nightshift’s tracks of the year 2017.
You could sum up Tiger Mendoza as an accident – but a happy accident. The music is an attempt to create great songs with beats, guitars and whatever other sounds and nonsense happened to wander past at the time.
Flights of Helios
“The missing link between ‘Von’-era Sigur Ros and the more experimental leanings of Explosions In The Sky.” - Drowned in Sound
“A brilliant melange of catchy vocal lines and droning, grunge fuzz a la F-ck Buttons. A thing of beauty.” - The Line of Best Fit (track premiere for ‘Factory’single)
Flights of Helios are a space rock/drone-folk band based in Oxford, UK. Following a run of single releases including ‘Succubus’ and ‘Factory’, they released their debut album ‘Endings’ in February 2018.
Flights of Helios blend timeless folk themes with their own ruminations on the natural and supernatural worlds, and using innovative vocal processing and expansive post rock arrangements create a musical landscape truly their own. Musically they’re inspired by both future-channeling artists (e.g. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Pink Floyd, Joy Division) and those weaving traditional music into new forms (The Unthanks, Sheila Chandra, Fairport Convention). Spiritually they’re still processing festival nights of young adulthood spent floating at the end of their airlines; the unifying thread in the Flights of Helios sound is the search for a return to those liberated, head-spinning times.
Art Theefe are consummate creators of classic music: truly great songs, played by a quintessential trio of bass, drums and guitar, but one which also belies a searing versatility.
With the intense emotion of The Swell Season’s Glen Hansard or Jeff Buckley, the layered guitars of Fleetwood Mac and the heartfelt soul of Van Morrison; the care-worn keening of John Martyn, to the ragged mastery of the Stones at their peak: theirs is a thrilling confluence of influences.
Chief Mixalot b2b Audio Gypsy
“Originating from the underground free party scene and part of the notorious Farmyard Animals and Discobobulated Generation soundsystems, Chief Mixalot and Audio Gypsy are now thriving in the scene under the Elevation Crew alias. Famous for delivering an unheard combination of pure vibes and unexpected mashups, these boys ceratainly know how to get you dancing! Expect to get lost in a world of naughty basslines, with influences from swing to reggae and full of FLAVOUR!
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DJ Cosmic Vortex
DJ Cosmic Vortex started off doing some dj-ing at Byron Bay FM in 2003 whilst running a love studio and gallery in Byron, Australia. He describes his art and music as synaesthetic: sounds cascade through visual designs in a symbiotic way. He has been balancing art exhibitions with music events ever since then, and is planning an event with our partners The Psychedelic Society in London later this summer.
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Drones Over Keyham
Drones Over Keyham are the world’s first all-girl 808 + 303 + Punk Rock band. They somehow capture the spirit of ‘67, ‘77 and ‘88 all at the same time. Their influences are Shamanism, David Lynch and Loose Women.
‘Weird with a capital W, but we love weird... Fresh find of the week’ - BBC Introducing.
The smoke through the trees and the sound of tripped out psychedelic voodoo tribal beats, Mandolin, organ and voice!
Fire Healer is the solo project of musician Jo Chapman from Oxford, England. This project was created to provide a flexible and relatively portable creative space.
Jo uses a loop pedal to loop percussion & bass sounds, overlaying organ, synth, electric mandolin, voice, and more.
Jo is sometimes joined live on sitar by Jack Hally.
Throughout his schizophrenic back catalogue of fractured alter-egos Iain Ross encapsulates our struggle to find meaning in an age of information where temporal distance has collapsed the space between eras, styles, genres and technologies and rendered them aesthetic tools in the palette of expression. In this post-sampling reality where our present contains all time Iain has explored process and medium ranging from the pelvic thrust of transistor overdriven guitars and tape saturation to the icy peaks of non-real time code-based digital synthesis to warm organic looping and transcendent minimalism. Whatever aspect of his/our psyche is present expect a unique and unforgettable performance.
Jali Fily Cissokho
Senegalese master musician and inspirational praise singer, Jali Fily Cissokho plays the 21 string West African kora (harp/lute) and comes from a family of musicians whose skills and traditions have been passed down from generation to generation. But as a citizen of the 21st Century, he combines tradition with the rhythms of the present and future, creating a unique natural musical blend that spans centuries and continents. His performances range from solo traditional Mande music and song to rocking electro-kora with his Coute Diomboulou Band.
He has also performed on David Attenborough's BBC TV Documentary 'Elephants' for composer Will Gregory (of 'Goldfrapp' fame), and more recently for AR Rahman, composer of the score for 'Slumdog Millionaire’.
Horton Jupiter is a DJ of broad range, predominantly dance music in its all forms, with psychedelic spectacles.
He has been making mixtapes since age 9, and did his first tape edit (of The Human League) 2 yrs later, 30 years before he'd even HEARD of DJ Harvey or Tom Moulton!
From 1989 horton spent 7 years playing hypnotic techno & psychedelic breaks in the London underground, 4 playing Krautrock at Club Kosmische, 11 years fronting wild Erisian pop outfit They Came From The Stars I Saw Them, and 5 years running legendary underground dances Puwaba and PHONOMANCY.
Horton recently put out an e.p. of kosmische edits on BAHNSTEIG XXIII, is working towards starting his own label, and is currently planning to immanantize the eschaton.
MUSIC POLICY: Cosmic / Hypnotic / Electric / Eclectic / Balearic / Disco / Adelic / FUN
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Concocting lysergic voyages tunnelling deep into your cranium, Jeramesa combine elements of krautrock, neo-psychedelia, Indian ragas, and progressive rock to induce a free flowing hypnotic state of jazzy ego-death.
Self-described as ‘super-sonic excursions’, Knobblehead are an Oxford-based seven-piece psychedelic cacophony of tambourine enthusiasts.
Love Foundation is an open network of artists and activists, who together organise projects to spread love, connect people and fundraise money for water development projects in Kenya with our partners Viva con Agua and Simavi. Love Foundation DJs will be spinning love-infused beats at OddBall.
For Dave Boote, aka Re:Boote, spinning records is a family tradition. Heavily influenced by a misspent youth listening to Punk, Metal and playing Trance at underground parties, RE:BOOTE is a chameleon of styles made of years of chasing big sound. Nowadays, he'll fluently blend Old Skool D&B crowd pleasers in the darkness of a dirty club with the smooth funky fresh beats best grooved to in the sunshine.
RE:BOOTE'S sets are full to the brim of unbridled enthusiasm; he will have you shook with adrenaline, will make you lose your shit and have your skin peppered with goosebumps.
Resonant Freq started mixing as a teenager, drawn to hip hop and breakbeat as his weapons of choice. 20 years down the line, and delving deeper into an ever expanding selection of bass heavy genres, he showcases a selection of neural nudges across the BPM spectrum, through drum and bass, glitch hop, midtempo, bass house, and all things that wobble.
Rohini (aka Rael Guerrero) is a classically-trained guitarist, song writer, music producer, and DJ from Orizaba, Mexico, now based in London, UK. Inspired by the holistic and shamanic properties of sound, he creates eclectic sonic landscapes that incorporate his self-crafted healing instrument—the Gaiatri Singing Pipes.
For the past few years Rohini has been collaborating with tabla maestro Aref Durvesh (Nitin Sawhney, Sting, Jeff Beck), most recently on their album Explorers. At OddBall Rohini will be showcasing tracks from Explorers live for the first time, as well as some of his solo work, with a full line-up of musicians.
Sonâmbulo had its first gig in 2013 at the very special occasion of the screening of ‘In Search of Blind Joe Death’ (the documentary about John Fahey) at the Deptford Town Hall. Sonambulo plays cosmic noise punk with acoustic-only instruments as harmonium, tanpura, clarinet and stroviol. Juvenile nihilism with spiritual subtlety. What if Alice Coltrane and her band were immigrant punks?
Lara Fairy Love and the Wellfairies
You’ll be entertained and cared for by the legendary Lara Fairy Love and The Naughty Fire Fairy Family. Your Love Patrol will dispense water, soul smudging, and raw food energy balls! We will facilitate salutions to the sun, pelvis cleansing yoga, and create your space from our core place of Love and Beauty. Lara Fairy Love is a Mother, Lover, Author, Artist, Facilitator, and Activator of world Peace and Love.
Fire Hooping — Becky Blackwell
Check out the fire hooping show from Becky Blackwell! Becky has been hulahooping for over 10 years. She teaches hula hooping across Oxfordshire and further afield. She regularly performs with a fire hula hoop and an LED hoop at festivals, Cabaret nights, and private events.
Oxfordshire Drag Collective
A fierce collective of Oxford-based drag performers, serving you variety, diversity, and creativity. This jaw-dropping group of dragins are here to show you that there are many ways to be queer and they are all fabulous. This group has been formed to foster new drag talent in Oxford in an inclusive and welcoming environment.
So far we have heard rumours of puppet monsters, drag queen black holes, and the story of ‘Mad Mike Hughes as he tries to reach the heavens to prove the Earth is flat’, as well as Terrible Tarot.
Handbalancing Contortion — Rosie Burr
Rosie is a professional Hand balancing contortionist based in Oxford. She comes from an Acrobatic gymnastics background and competed for Great Britain, achieving British Champion, International Champion, and European Medalist Titles. She now performs professionally at events and teach people handstands and contortion. You OddBalls are in for a real treat ….
Shibari — Astrid and Florian
Astrid and Florian are seasoned shibari artists, and have been running workshops and even giving university talks for 20 years between them. They will be leading an introductory shibari (tying people with rope) workshop, ‘Showing You the Ropes: Learn How to Tie Each Other Safely and Beautifully’, for up to 20 participants, in pairs. Astonish and impress your friends with highly relevant real-life skills gained in this renowned city of higher learning. In true Oxford style, we will include a segment on theory, safety, materials, communication, consent, and aesthetics. Then we will move on to hands-on practise, including a segment on ichinawa (one-rope technique). It will be followed by a short open rope jam, for you to try out your new skills. You are BOUND to have a good time!
Energy and Sound Healing—Amanda and Aron
Amanda and Aron have been offering healing sessions together for nearly a year. Through their passion for meditation, well-being, and love for community, they have tailored a unique healing experience by combining the powerful energy of Sound, Guided meditation, and Reiki. Receiving healing from two people at once can enhance the amount of positive energy you receive. When experiencing a session with both Aron and Amanda at the same time, you’ll receive Reiki channelled by both Feminine and Masculine—contributing towards balance of mind, body, and soul.
Aerial Arts — Anna Sloan
With a rare opportunity to hang her aerial equipment from a tree on site, AnnA will be spinning, swinging, and telling you the tale of… come and find out! Founder of AfreakA Aerials Creative Circus at OXSRAD Sport Centre in Marston, AnnA is passionate about physical theatre and delivering narratives using the tools of aerial arts.
Acro Yoga — Oxfordshire Acro Yoga Society
The Oxfordshire Acro Yoga Society is an amateur group of acrobats. For Oxford Psychedelic Society’s OddBall we have created a compact routine called ‘Psychedelic Flow’, which incorporates awe-inspiring yoga poses in the air connected by graceful flowing movements. We will also throw in some of our bigger moves outside the main routine, as space and time allows. So look out for flying yogi people above you!
Bullshit Mystic — Hailey Anne
See into the twisted reality of your future through the mystical and authoritative divination of the bullshit tarot deck. The prophetic power of these cards, each marked with bizarre, revelatory, and senseless imagery, will be harnessed by a clairvoyant renowned for a lifelong proliferation of bullshit. Hailey will tune her third eye to a higher plane to uncover the nonsensical shambles that is your past, present, and future.
Altered States, Locality, Creativity, and Communion with Entities
Do spirits exist? Is their ontology contingent on psychology, locality, altered states? Is a creative flow-state a form of possession? This talk will be a discussion between four spirit channelers: Oxford's own Raga, who will speak to us about the local Sheela-na-gig, and her experiences regarding her; John Crow from London Southbank, speaking about his discovery of the graveyard of the Outcast, Crossbones, lysergic channelling, and his communion with, 'The Goose', a medieval sex-worker; Artur Holboj, one who has worked with the entities of the three sacred medicines, San Pedro, Ayahuasca and the Mushroom; and fourthly Nikki Wyrd, one of the authors of 'The Book of Baphomet', a god embodying and representing the sum total of present life.
Host: Mark Juhan
Knife Crime Debate: And You Too, Brutus?
Julius Caesar (knifed to death by his own Senators) was belatedly shocked by the scale of Rome’s Knife Crime problem. But he couldn’t have imagined the extent of our modern Knife Crime ‘Epidemic’ which in recent years has spread through society like a fireball. Knife crime is at record levels and threatens all of us.
Parallel-YOUniversity at OddBall, with the help of its Audience and Panel will explore, discuss and debate the Real Causes and Realistic Solutions of this ‘epidemic’ in our usual politically incorrect way.
Host: Jeff ‘GoodJeff’ Laster
Psychedelics: Medicines, Sacraments, or Schizotoxins?
“Psychedelics”…: a word which causes some to horripilate, worry for their kids, or shudder in anticipation of the coming schizophrenia, and others to wax lyrical about coming to terms with deep trauma, getting over life-long depression, meeting a self-transforming machine elf from hyperspace, or simply becoming God’s left baby toe-nail for a while. Since the moral backlash of the sixties, these chemicals – used for millennia in religious practices – are now coming to be hailed as the next breakthrough in psychiatry. Can we box the enigma? Probably not, but let’s give it a go. Come to learn, listen, express and undefine!
Host: Mark Juhan
A Radical History of Oxford
Ciaran Walsh, Radical Historian, Storyteller, Performer, Poet, Ranter and Anarcho-Looney, presents 'Fiery Tongues'. A Tribute to the Late Great Anarchist, Poet and Performer Heathcote Williams, King of Squatting and Graffiti: selections from -'Autogeddon', a ground breaking apocalyptic explosion against the ongoing carnage and catastrophe unleashed on the world by the car, as seen by a visiting alien life-form.
And 'The Invisible Captain Swing, Daemon of Direct Action', an historical montage of the carnivalesque resistance to the imposition of a shit world; from the revolutionary insurgency of the English poor in 1830 up to modern indigenous and environmental radical movements to save the planet. Up The Revolution!
Host: Mark Juhan
Free Speech Debate: The Sounds of Silence
“I may Disapprove of What You Say but I will Defend to the Death your Right to Say It.” ~ Voltaire
Yet in recent times, from Campuses (No Platforming) to Theatre and Film, from Facebook to Twitter, from Radio/Television to Cartoons, many prominent UK thinkers from all sides of the spectrum have been censored due to having views that diverge from the Mainstream...
Is this censorship justified? Should people be ‘shaddapped’ for their views just because they disagree with the majority and the mainstream? Should so called ‘Snowflakes’ get their way No Platforming people who disagree with them?
Parallel-YOUniversity at OddBall, with the help of you the Audience and Panelists will explore, discuss and debate this complex issue in all its aspects in a politically incorrect manner…
Host: Jeff ‘GoodJeff’ Laster
Jeff ‘GoodJeff’ Laster
Jeff is creator and host of Talk events at Parrallel-YOUniversity, The Warp Experience, and Synergy Project. He has worked in the CounterCulture since the late Sixties.
Mark graduated in Theology & Religious Studies from Pembroke College, Oxford and has just completed a masters Religion and Society at St John’s, Durham. He has been a lay chaplain and is currently applying for a doctorate in psychedelic theology. He is interested in the relationship between drugs and culture, specifically the potential of augmenting religion with ritual entheogenesis.
London to Oxford
The Oxford Tube bus service is the most convenient way to travel between London and Oxford. The company runs buses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every 15 minutes. The trip takes about an hour and 40 minutes. The nearest Oxford Tube stop to the Isis Farmhouse is St Clements’ bus stop, immediately after the Oxford Brookes University stop. The journey takes about 1 hour 40 from London Victoria.
Paddington and Marylebone both have train services to Oxford. The journey takes about an 1 hour.
Oxford City to The Isis Farmhouse
If at all possible, do not arrive to The Isis Farmhouse by vehicle. This is not only for the good of your carbon footprint, but for your own convenience! There is no parking on site. There is very limited parking in Iffley Village. This is going to fill up extremely quickly. If you can’t find any in Iffley, you will have to park in Redbridge Park and Ride, an un-scenic, 21 minute walk away from the Isis Farmhouse along Abingdon Road.
On Foot/By Bike
From Oxford Station, The Isis Farmhouse is a 40 minute walk, a 36 minute bus, or a 12 minute cycle.
From St Clements, The Isis Farmhouse is a 32 minute walk or a 9 minute cycle.
At Cowley Roundabout, turn onto Iffley Road. Turn right at the traffic lights and walk to Donnington Bridge. The entrance to the towpath (accessible by foot and for bikes) is on the left immediately after you cross the bridge. It offers ramp access down to the riverside. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp until you reach the Isis Farmhouse.
OddBall operates under a strict no drugs policy. There will be no substances beyond alcohol for sale on site, and we strongly encourage those coming to the festival to not bring anything with them to OddBall.
While the event is organised under the auspices of the Oxford Psychedelic Society, and has partnered with a number of other organisations that promote the research and better understanding of psychedelic substances and their therapeutic potential, we - like any other festival or event - are still subject to UK law.
There will be searches in operation on the gate, both to prevent drugs being brought into the festival and to ensure your safety. Anyone found carrying illegal substances, weapons, or anything that can be used to graffiti the festival will be barred entry. There will also be security in operation throughout the festival, and anyone caught using or selling substances will be ejected from the festival and may be subject to prosecution.
We also realise that a zero tolerance policy - as seen in other festivals and society at large - does not work. There will be talks and advice on drug safety and harm reduction on site, as well as a wellness tent where anyone who has taken anything can find support.
OddBall has partnered with The Psychedelic Society and PsyCare UK to provide assistance and support on site.