Routledge organises its own gig night in Oxford to a sell-out crowd and raises plenty of cash for the Prince’s Trust
In June 2012, Routledge and its brothers and sisters in Taylor & Francis Journals joined the Million Makers challenge. This is an ambitious project run by The Prince’s Trust which challenges businesses across the UK to raise money for charity, the aim being to get together a cool £1,000,000 overall. We are hoping to contribute our own amount to this pot.
There are eight members of this year’s Million Makers team and each has been tasked with running a charity event. Ideas include a Halloween party, a trip to the races at Ascot and a bring and buy sale. There was only one thing I was going to do … get together a load of great Oxfordshire-based bands, charge £5 on the door at The Wheatsheaf in Oxford, and give people the chance to rock out for a solid four hours. And so Wheatstock 2012 was born!
Despite the pub vetoing the offer of free madeira cake to punters (there was a cake brawl two weeks ago), the crowd was nontheless wowed by the slide guitar skills of local bluesman Richard Brotherton. Following closely on Richard’s heels were the young rockers Hell’s Gazelles (pictured) who blew everyone away with their Rob Halford-esque vocals and AC/DC riffage. Great stuff.
The three closing acts on the night offered something for everyone. Quadrophobe, from Wantage, offered up a thick slice of jazz-infused ska-pop featuring lyrics touching on themes including how to break up with your beloved aboard a space rocket.
Fuzzy Logic Baby were definitely the wild card on the night, with their fusion of ska, reggae and indie rock, something I don’t think any of us had heard before! The phrase ‘does anybody speak Martian?’ was indelibly ingrained in everyone’s vocabulary by the end.
And to round things off in style, the crowd were treated to Oxford-based rockabilly maestros The Long Insiders (pictured below), whose sexy vocal style and atmospheric guitars certainly got feet tapping and heads nodding. Thank you to everyone who turned up on the night. Your generosity means everything!