Formed in 2019, THE PEOPLE VERSUS borrow from a variety of genres and traditions. Their combined voices and instrumental lines swoop, circle and support the beguiling voice and personality of the lead singer Alice Edwards. Each song is taut with feeling and longing, with many inspired by Greek myth and tales from Shakespeare.
Not withstanding their recent launch they nevertheless filled tents at Greenbelt and Lakefest and completed runs of small venues and festivals across the UK to enthusiastic audiences. THE PEOPLE VERSUS have since secured bookings for 2020/2021 including Cambridge Folk Festival, How The Light Gets In, and a rescheduled campfire show with The Nest Collective.
With a sold out debut EP launch, their first offering, “Ground Opening” produced by Tom Donovan, was met with excitement and critical acclaim, its opening track being played on BBC South Today and with support by BBC Introducing. With Videos for the tracks filmed by special permission in the Divinity School and Museum of Natural History Oxford.
Matt Owens (Noah and the Whale), Wounded Bear
The O2 Academy Oxford, located in an Edwardian building on the iconic Cowley Road, is a landmark spot in Oxford’s entertainment scene. With two venues, it has been hosting the best live music and club for decades.
But before being a music venue, it was a Cooperative party hall. It was originally known as The Venue and then the much-respected Zodiac, both of which paved the way for O2 Academy Oxford.
The official launch of the Academy took place in September 2007, with performances from New Young Pony Club, The Magic Numbers and Young Knives. In the first few months of opening, the venue had already attracted some big names to Oxford with shows from Editors, Foals, Elbow, Ian Brown, and Calvin Harris.
O2 Academy Oxford has continued to build on the foundations laid by the Zodiac and has established itself as one of the city’s greatest venues for live music and club nights. Some of the best gigs to date have come from Ed Sheeran, Foals, Stereophonics, Ozzy Osbourne, Babyshambles, Hozier and Royal Blood.
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