A NEW multi-venue music event, organised by promoter Future Perfect (FP), is to take place in Oxford.
Ritual Union Festival is being staged at the city’s O2 Academy (cap 1,350), The Bullingdon (280), The Truck Store (150) and The Library (50) on 21 October.
The event grew out of What Became of Us festival, which ran over two days last year at The Bullingdon and FP co-owned The Cookie Jar (350) in Leicester.
“We started the festival in Leicester four years ago and held it across two cities for the first time last year,” says FP’s Simon Bailey.
“We’ve now decided to switch it to a one-day event in Oxford. We’re expecting around 1,000 people and there’s scope to increase the capacity, but it’s all about establishing it this year.”
Among around 40 acts performing will be Black Honey, Peace and TOY.
“There’s a market for city centre multi-venue festivals and October is a good time as lots of artistes are on tour and over from abroad.”
FP also handles booking for Swx (1,800) in Bristol and will manage Dryden Street Social, a 450-capacity venue in Leicester, which opens at the end of September. Tickets for Ritual Union cost £25.