Welcome to Red Square's Tinderbox Festival site for 2012.
This year's Festival will be held on Saturday 16th June.
Gates open at 12 noon, and the music starts at 1pm.
The maximum capacity for this year's Festival is 250 people. To order tickets in advance please go here.
Herein and hereabouts you will find lots of (hopefully!) interesting information and links about the Festival.
But let's start with a bit of explanatory blah.
Are you sitting comfortably.......?
Then we'll begin.
Red Square's Tinderbox Festival is an eclectic mini-micro festival of challenging music set in unchallenging, positively embracing surroundings, at a fantastic canal-side location in Cropredy, Oxfordshire.
We install a stage, a decent PA system and some engagingly twinkling lights. We dial up a bit of sunshine, and then we invite some bands and musicians that we like to come along and play.
In June 2010 we ran a trial one-day mini-festival-cum-birthday-party. The event proved such a success, with both bands and audience, that, by the next day, we had agreed to repeat the format annually.
One thing we found very interesting was the way that people who had never been exposed to this kind of music enjoyed both the music and the day itself. It seems that the setting of a small, outdoor festival creates a user-friendly context for improv and helps to overcome some of the suspicion that often greets experimental musics. After all, if you're lying in a field in the sunshine with a glass of wine and a nice bun, whilst some crazee cats are busy circuit bending on stage, it's somehow all seems a little less threatening.
We want Tinderbox to be a place where musicians can meet, hear what one another are up to and exchange ideas (and gigs), and where the audience can dip their toes in some pretty cutting-edge sounds whilst relaxing in a sylvan idyll populated by bouncing bunnies and frolicksome badgers.