Tandem Skills Camp
In 2018, we began to develop the festival’s volunteering opportunities into a formalised programme of workshops and skills-development activities. Nominated festival-build activities are advertised as public workshops in particular skills, such as woodworking, painting and design, and cooking for large numbers. Joining Abingdon and Witney College as an adult education provider in 2018 has allowed us to progress and formalise these activities and provides some financial support to the project. In 2019 we aim to formalise the Skills Camp as a major project, increasing participation in the programme. We will also be partnering with CAG to deliver the Skills Camp.
InTandem with Tap Social
Tandem Collective and Upcycled Sounds present a monthly concert series beginning in December 2018. The performances will be held at Tap Social Movement, a Botley brewery turned new music venue. We are collaborating with Tap to build staging infrastructure and use Tandem’s PA system to make this a great Oxford city venue. The monthly concert nights are planned to continue one Wednesday each month, with lineups curated by Upcycled Sounds. Upcycled Sounds and the Tandem Collective aim to support the music scene in Oxford by providing a new performance space for both local and touring acts, and will promote events based around a wide variety of music genres.
The festival team organises a series of monthly concerts at the wonderful Silvie Cafe on the Iffley Road called Tandem Sundays. These have been sell out events so grab your ticket for the Tandem Sunday #3 on 2nd April and check out our Facebook event.
In 2015, we hosted a monthly afternoon workshop followed by a cosy, acoustic evening concert in Hill End’s Barn – a little slice of Tandem Festival throughout the winter, bringing audiences together to learn about environmental and social issues and explore new music. Workshops ranged from apple-pressing to shanty-singing, and the concerts brought in artists from local street-musicians to upcoming London bands. Tandem Sundays also saw the first Oxford Bus Company Tandem Express shuttle bus through the city to Hill End! Tandem Sundays are still going strong – check out our Facebook page for more information!
InTandem with OVADA and HUBBUB: Pumpkin Festival
After the first Tandem Festival in 2014, the team partnered up with trailblazers Good Food Oxford, national environmental organisation HUBBUB, and local modern art gallery OVADA to be part of the first ever Pumpkin Festival – now an annual fixture in cities around the UK. This sustainable festival consists of a weekend of music, dancing, workshops, exhibitions, and food to get us all thinking about food waste – and it’s all based around autumn’s most misused vegetable, the pumpkin. 2016’s Pumpkin Festival was better than ever, and we’re proud to still be a part of it!
InTandem with Hill End: High Dorm Residency
A few months later, we were to be found in Hill End‘s High Dorm… the Tandem team took over an unused building at Hill End for the High Dorm Residency. A temporary recording studio and concert venue sprang up in Hill End’s most remote space, and for 3 months hosted 2 album recordings, a number of workshops and open music sessions, and a sold-out concert. The space was also used for rehearsals, writing retreats, yoga, and festival planning, taking an empty building and turning it into a hive of activity for the cold winter months.
Events and Music Curation
Tandem Festival has become known for high-quality eclectic music programming, and we’ve been asked to curate musical stages at various events around Oxfordshire. Most recently, we’ve had Tandem stages at Oxford’s Big Green Day Out and BBC’s Countryfile Live.
Tandem in the Garden
In June 2016, we brought Tandem Festival into the city centre for a special one-off event with Restore, a charity supporting those with mental health issues. We had a beautiful summer party with all the amazing goodness of a Tandem Festival packed into Restore’s city-centre garden, and raised over £3000 for charity!