Oxford Rabbit Hole Music Festival
The Victoria Arms
Saturday 1st September 2018
1.30pm - 10.45pm
|Early Bird||Ages 13 - 16||12 & under|
Rabbit Hole Festival is a one day music event that promotes the talented musicians in Oxford. A family friendly event, the festival brings music, fun, drink & food to you in a relaxed style.
Live music across two stages
With a delicious 12 course meal of Blues, Latino, Brass Funk, Americana, Folk, Acoustic pop, Jazz, and Celtic. It's going to be a great day! See the timetable.
General admission (ages 16+) tickets are £8.50 on the door and early bird tickets are £7.50.
Tickets are £7.00 for ages 13 - 15, and free for children aged 12 or under.
Where to get tickets
You can buy tickets online but to get an early bird ticket you need to go the The Victoria Arms or Hair By Mark Dancer.
Tickets will also be available on the door - Cash only on the door, thank you.
|General Admission (Ages 16+)||£8.50||Available on the door and online (booking fees apply).|
|Early Bird (Ages 16+)||£7.50||Available from The Victoria Arms in Old Marston or from Hair By Mark Dancer.|
|Ages 13 - 16||£7.00||Available on the door and online (booking fees apply).|
|12 & under||Free||No ticket needed.|
On entry you will receive a festival wrist band. Gates open at midday.
Fireworks & After Party at 11pm
Hungry for more?
Music on the main stage will finish at 10:30pm, followed by fireworks and an after party with Mad Marston Hares.
Oxford Rabbit Hole Festival 2018
Full Circle Blues
Short Notice Jazz
Ox Latin Combo
Zhana & Zae
Pheobe Rose & Friends
10:45pm: Fireworks Finale
After Party @ 11pm: The Mad Marston Hares
Expect a mad celtic knees up!
Situated on the banks of The River Thames, this year’s Rabbit Hole Festival will take place in the beautiful grounds of The Victoria Arms in Old Marston, Oxford.
The Victoria Arms
Oxford Bus Company X13 or 13 runs every 10 minutes between Oxford City Centre and Abingdon, stopping in Marston.
The 14A is far less frequent but also runs through Marston via the City Centre and the JR hospital. It’s then just a short walk (10 minute) from the bus stop.
By bicycle or by foot
The pub is tucked away by the river, set back from the village, so it makes a pleasant walk. Take the footpath from the back of Oxford University Parks, or from Marston Ferry Road. Alternatively, you can simply enter via Mill Lane.
Hire a punt for the day from The Cherwell Boat House and punt to the festival.
By car – A40 (Oxford ring road)
The easiest way to get to The Victoria Arms is via the A40 ring road. If you are coming from the Headington and the ‘hamburger’ roundabout, join the A40 to head west towards Summertown and North Oxford. After two miles, take the side turning off the A40, signed posted to Old Marston.
If you are coming from the A34 (North West Oxford) take the A40 towards Headington and East Oxford. After about 2 -3 miles, take a side turning off the A40 ring road, sign posted Old Marston.
By car - Internal to Oxford
The Victoria Arms in Old Marston is situated in between the John Radcliffe Hospital and Summertown. If you’re in Oxford and coming by car you will want to head towards Summertown/JR Hospital direction, but check your map to see how to get to Old Marston - OX3 0QA.
Parking: At the pub (limited)
It is now possible to park in the orchard (the grassy area next to the main pub car park). However, we still expect parking to be very limited so we strongly recommend parking on the main road - see details below. Parking is available on the road past the pub entrance - this road is a dead end, there is plenty of room for parking (picture below).
As you approach the turning to the The Victoria Arms, you will be on Mill Lane - DRIVE PAST the entrance and park on the road where you start seeing fields either side. The road eventually becomes a dead end.
Note: no parking is permitted anywhere on the lane down to the pub.
The lane down to the Victoria Arms must be kept clear AT ALL TIMES - this is so that emergency services can gain access if needed.
Please do not park on the small road down to the the pub as this will need to be kept clear for emergency vehicles. No parking is permitted on this lane.
Fun for the kids
The Victoria Arms will have it's bouncy castle up all day, and face painting at set times.
Food & drink
The Victoria Arms will be providing their usual menu plus a burger hut, a hog roast, and Caribbean street food. The Victoria Arms offers a large range of beverages including ale on tap and a wide selection of gins. Check their website for details.
Fun for the kids
A bouncy castle and face painting will be on-site all day.
The landlady Ruthie will be providing additional toilets to minimise queuing.
Please go to our parking section for information on parking.
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Oxford Rabbit Hole Festival: live music in a relaxed style
Rabbit Hole Music Festival will take place again this year in the beautiful grounds of The Victoria Arms in Old Marston, Oxford.
Share the passion
Set on the banks of the River Thames, Rabbit Hole Festival delivers a day of live music in a relaxed family-friendly style. Music is a passion of the festival’s founder, Ed Reckitt, and is the beating heart of the festival. But, it’s how it’s delivered that makes it so special! Ed welcomes all to the festival and strives to have a low ticket price so money is not a factor for those who attend.
Once upon a time
Back in 2014, Ed held a garden party as a private event. It consisted of one stage and all 6 bands agreed to play for a jacket potato from the BBQ. Ed expected around 30 guests, but it was easily double this number enjoying the festivities. One year later Ed, with help from his friend Karl, held the event at the much larger premises of The General Eliott pub in South Hinksey, Oxford. At a personal cost of £4,000 to Ed and Karl, it was marketed as a free event and counted close to 900 visitors on the day.
Garden party turns festival
“I can’t really believe that in 2014 I held a garden party, and now we have a fully-fledged festival and almost 500 Facebook followers” says the founder. “It’s a lot of work, but great when it comes off.”
“Trying to get funds is difficult, but I’m really pleased we’ve managed to secure sponsorship to help with the costs”. The story of how this festival came about, and the personal passion and determination to make it what it is now, is truly inspiring.
‘The world’s a stage’
Ed firmly believes there are many amazing acts on our doorstep here in Oxford, but recognises that not everyone has the opportunity to see these artists who often gig on week nights. “I feel proud to be able to showcase talented acts in Oxfordshire, and in particular provide a stage for those young up and coming performers”, Ed says.
“I’m keen to curate a line-up that is both varied and accessible” said the founder. Inspired by WOMAD festival, Ed aspires to have as many different genres as possible in his one day event, including blues, rock, folk, latino, country, celtic, and jazz. The 30 – 45 minute sets keeps things interesting.
Can’t do It without YOU!
It is, of course, not an easy task organising an event that needs to go up and down in a day, has 10+ acts and 350+ people attending. However, the founder says it’s the musicians and those who attend that make the festival what it is. “It would be nothing without the people of Oxford”, he says. “I am grateful to everyone who comes, and I’m pleased they enjoy it so much. Making it accessible to all, including families, is important to me. A lot of thought goes into selecting the right bands to ensure the quality of music is high, but it's not just about the music. We are serious about what we do and delivering the best experience”.
The festival will have a bouncy castle and face-painting this year, and will will also repeat the amazing firework finale like last year.
Cast and Credits
Strong vocals, bluesy riffs, and a ‘not to be missed’ performance by rock ‘n’ roll band.
Selina & the Howlin' Dogs
High energy feel good funk from these experienced musicians.
Danceable feel-good reggae vibes with smooth female vocals from Zaia.
Lucy's song writing combines aspects of contemporary acoustic-pop and jazz. Her first single of 2017, Midnight Car Ride, was released to critical acclaim and was 'track of the week' on BBC Introducing.
A Little Bit Country
This dynamic duo have a great vibe, great harmonies, and they sound, well.... a little bit country!
The Wonder Rabbits
Folk, county, blues, and pop covers from the very tight cover band The Wonder Rabbits.
Ox Latin Combo
Latin vibes from this party band.
Abingdon Community Choir
A 35 strong choir deliver amazing arrangements of popular songs.
Acoustic performances also by:
Susi Illingworth, Marc Sarazin and Javier Guevara
RHF 2016 saw performances by:
StoryTeller, Little Red, Kastaphor, BMW, The Great Western Tears, Cigani Knees Up, Alphabet Backwards, Nick Higton, The Heavy Dexters, Matt Beesley, Papu Nui, Trev Willams, The Wonder Rabbits, Holly Redford Jones, and the after party provided by The Mad Marston Hares.
RHF 2015 saw performances by:
The Epstein, Balloon Ascents, Great Western Tears, Matt Chanarin Band, Matt Winkworth, Illustrious Sambistas, The Howlin' Taildraggers, and The Wonder Rabbits.