The Oxford Rabbit Hole Music Festival
12.30pm - 11.30pm
The Victoria Arms
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.
It's all about the music!
With a delicious 13 course meal of Americana, Funky Reggae, Alt Pop, Country, Jazz, and Folk. It's going to be a great day! See the line 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. Google maps shows is a 2 minute walk through the fields (see picture grey dotted line below).
Note: no parking is permitted anywhere on the lane down to the pub.
Please park on Mill Lane and then walk to the The Victoria Arms. when you park on Mill Lane with fields either side, it is a 2 minute walk through the fields to The Victoria Arms. If you want to drop off people, you will be able to drive down the lane to the pub but you will not be allowed to park in the car park if it is full.
No parking: keep clear pub lane clear for emergency services.
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.
Tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased online or on the door (cash only please).
£5 early bird tickets are available online for a limited period. Click here to buy early bird tickets.
Free entry for children aged 10 or under.
On entry you will receive a festival wrist band. Gates open at midday.
The After Party
Hungry for more?
The music outside will stop at 10pm, but there will be an after party with more live music inside the Victoria Arms from 10pm – 11.30pm.
The Rabbit Hole Stage
The Cheshire Cat Stage
22:15: Fireworks Finale!
22:20 The Mad Marston Hares
Expect a mad celtic knees up!
The will be offering food on site and an outside bar (other drinks available!).
The Victoria Arms will be providing their usual menu and BBQ, but we’re also pleased to have Obanzai-pan-asian catering offering delicious authentic Asian dishes from Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. The menu includes noodles or rice with chicken teriyaki, chicken curry with salad and pickles. Vegetarian/vegan and wraps option available.
The new landlady Ruthie will be providing additional toilets to minimise queuing.
Fun for the kids
The Victoria Arms will have it's bouncy castle up all day, and face painting at set times.
Please go to our parking section for information on parking.
Freeths LLP is proud to be the legal sponsor of the 2016 Rabbit Hole Festival. We a leading law firm with a national reputation for handling commercial and personal matters for a wide range of individuals, businesses, institutions, and third sector organisations. Our clients face complex challenges in various environments and they come to us because they need lawyers that have the experience and expertise to solve problems quickly and successfully. Visit our Freeths website to find out how we can help you.
Now in our 50th year, 001 are absolutely Oxford’s FAVOURITE taxi! We’re Oxford’s only “tech first”, “service first”, “fare last” Taxi company, with a fleet of 300+ Vehicles, ranging from Eco Friendly Hybrid’s, Executive Mercedes, to 8 Seater Mini buses. No matter where your journey takes you, 001 has you covered! Our state of the art Mobile App is like Uber for Oxford but better! Users can order a taxi, track its progress, and pay by card, cash, or on account, or users can you the same service online via our Web booker software on our website. We regularly support Festivals of all sizes in the Oxfordshire area, and this year we are very proud to be working with the Rabbit Hole Festival.
Camerados are a social movement who believe that the answer to all our problems is each other. We want to beat loneliness and tough times with "friends & purpose" which happens when we all look out for one another. Music is a wonderful way of bringing people together and we are very excited to be supporting the Rabbit Hole Festival this year. We are currently growing our public living rooms across the UK and soon the US, we have one at the Ark T Centre, 10 Crowell Road, Cowley! Come and grab a badge and wear the C, it means I help you and you help me.
Our sponsors helped give us a starting point, but there is a huge amount of work that goes into organising a festival such as this. A good festival needs a good team. Let’s take a minute of thank those people:
Founder and CEO
Played by Ed Reckitt
Played by Isabella Papa
Played by Kelly Daish
Played by James Cunningham from Black Frog Studios
With support from
Ruthie, landlady of The Victoria Arms
Steve Lockwood Sound Engineer from Black Frog Studios
James Serjeant Sound Engineer from Flash Harry Sound Systems
Backline provided by Master Rhythm Studios
Staging provided by StarTech Productions
Authentic, delicious Asian food provided by Obanzai-pan-asian catering, and BBQ and resturant food provided by The Victoria Arms.
Oxford Rabbit Hole Festival 2017: live music in a relaxed style
Rabbit Hole Music Festival will take place again this year on Saturday the 9th of September 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. “The youngest we have this year is Lucy Mair at just 19 years old – she is an amazing singer”.
“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: This year they have acts delivering reggae, latin, country, alt-indie, pop, jazzy soul, rock ‘n’ roll, eastern European and Gaelic. 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 14 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. We’ve shown that good music can co-exist with kids. 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 be raising money for local charity Restore. Will they repeat the amazing firework finale like last year? You’ll have to come and see!
Cast and Credits
Oxford’s Rabbit Hole Festival 2017 wouldn’t be possible without the support of local businesses Freeths Solicitors, 001 Taxis, and charity Camerados. Ed would also like to thank BFS Records for providing free sound engineering services for the Cheshire Cat stage, and thank Master Rhythm Studios for providing guitar amplifiers for the main stage.
Key information: Oxford Rabbit Hole Festival
When and where:
Saturday 9th September 2017, 12 noon – 23:30pm, The Victoria Arms Mill Lane, Old Marston OX3 0QA
A one day music festival, family friendly
10 different genres.
Bouncy castle and face painting.
Asian dishes provided by Obanzai-pan-asian catering, plus pub restaurant food and BBQ provided by The Victoria Arms pub.
£7.50 on the door, £5.00 early bird. Free for kids aged 10 or under.
Full Details of bands with music videos, http://www.rabbitholemusicevents.co.uk/#artists-banner
Location & parking: http://www.rabbitholemusicevents.co.uk/#parking
Strong vocals, bluesy riffs, and a ‘not to be missed’ performance by rock ‘n’ roll band Paves – big things are happening for this cool rock band who have just completed a UK tour.
Faith i Branko
An Eastern European Balkan knees up brought to you by Faith & Branko – who have performed on Radio 3, and whose album Gypsy Lover achieved No. 11 in the European World Music Charts and top 20 of the WOMEX Record Label Awards 2016. Read the review by the The Guardian.
Dance a la Plage
Catchy indie pop from long standing Oxford band Dance a la Plage.
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.
Zhana & Jae
Expect to be wowed by these stunning twin sisters! - their natural talent produces captivating harmonies and powerful vocals. Don't miss this *very* special acoustic performance.
A Little Bit Country
This dynamic duo have a great vibe, great harmonies, and they sound, well.... a little bit country!
Meet this colourful Neo-Soul collective formed of jazz and soul musicians.
The Wonder Rabbits
Folk, county, blues, and pop covers from the very tight cover band The Wonder Rabbits.
Ox Latin Combo
Latin vibes from Ox Latin Combo.
Abingdon Community Choir
A 35 strong choir deliver amazing arrangements of popular songs.
Acoustic performances also by:
Susi Illingworth, Marc Sarazin and Javier Guevara
MUSIC VIDEOS ON THE RABBIT HOLE FESTIVAL WEBSITE