Ritual Union 2017 was undoubtedly one of the highlights of last year. A fantastic selection of artists across a plethora of genres, conveniently all playing venues along the same road in the lovely city of Oxford. Luckily for us all, the event has returned, and is challenging even its own awesomeness.
Starting at the top, Mercury-prize nominated Ghostpoet will be bringing his soulful yet powerful tunes to the festival. Keen himself to not label his music as residing in a particular category, Ghostpoet has some truly beautiful tracks, merging his gentle vocals with inventive backing instrumentation.
Following on with the big names, the stunning Jane Weaver is also set to treat the Ritual Union crowd to a set of her enchanting solo material amidst her Autumn UK tour. Canadian Krautrockets (a typo, but perhaps better?) Suuns will be making the trip to encapsulate the audience with their excellent shoegaze. Plus, the mighty Mancunians Gnod will be reminding us to Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine with their furore of noise. Right on.
Punk is rife at this year’s Ritual Union, albeit of varying degrees. Warmduscher, the lovechild of Fat White Family and Childhood, are set to kick some ass with their groovy post-punk tunes. Relentless satirists LICE will also be making an appearance; after touring with the likes of Idles, need we say more? And Irish quartet Fontaines D.C. will also be supplying their brooding swagger during the day.
All this, and for the bargain price of £30? Guess we’ll see you there.