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A quick look at history will tell you a lot about why the city’s working so well today. Flagship acts like Radiohead have paved the way for a whole host of more recent bands including Foals, Youthmovies, and Stornoway, not to mention the constant infl ux of ultra ambitious students, who ensure some of the bloodiest battle of the bands competitions in the country.


There’s an amazing local scene – pick up a free copy of Nightshift (available in most venues and record shops) for interviews, features and listings. It’ll tell you pretty much everything you need to know on a monthly basis.


There are venues of all sizes all over the city, from the intimate Port Mahon to the recently redeveloped Oxford O2 Academy (previously the Zodiac). The mid-sized Cellar is a good bet for catching bands before they break, as are the Wheatsheaf and Jericho Tavern. College bars are sometimes invaded by bands of varying quality so it’s often worth keeping an eye on what’s going on closer to home, and remember that proximity to London means you’re never more than an hour or so away from the biggest name’s latest tour.


Comedy


Oxford has produced the talents of Alan Bennett, Michael Palin, Rowan Atkin- son and Dudley Moore, among many others. Of course, the comedy scene at Oxford is an exciting and ever-growing aspect of University life, with plenty of opportunities on offer for keen specta- tors and participants. The most famous and popular of the University comedy troupes is undoubtedly the Oxford Revue, a sketch group that has created more comic stars than you can wave a stick at (honestly, we’ve tried). Oxford also boasts one of the most outstanding improvised comedy groups in the Oxford Imps. Every Imps show promises to be a brand new, completely unscripted hour of hilarity and high energy, with the cast wowing audiences all over Oxford with their quick wit and fun games. All in all, comedy in Oxford is booming and there’s no excuse not to get involved in one way or another.


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