Yesterday evening, four a cappella groups from around the country combined to create a wonderful blend of voices and music – before going to the bar, getting drunk and trying their hand at karaoke!
The Voice Festival UK, the organisers of the annual collegiate a cappella competition that takes place in March each year, organised the event, and despite the relatively small paying crowd, a good time was had by all.
In The Pink, one of Oxford’s all female a cappella groups, kicked off proceedings, the highlight being their rendition of Rose by The Feeling. The Oxford Gargoyles, the winners of VF-UK in 2010, were next, followed by a somewhat depleted group of the Oxford Belles, who despite their small number of participating members, still performed a wonderful version of Snow Patrol’s Run. The Alleycats finished things off with Chris Brown’s Forever and All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers, which involved a rather memorable moment of audience participation.
To close, all four groups took to the stage and performed a very special version of Forget You by Cee Lo Green, which went down like a storm.
And then – to the bar! It was an a cappella infested C Venues Bar from around 8pm onwards, with all the groups sticking around for a drink or two. There was even an appearance from a couple of The Other Guys and The Accidentals from the University of St Andrews.
There was also karaoke going on in C (+2), and the Gargoyles in particular were more than up for some of that. They were certainly better than most of the other participants over the course of the evening.
The general consensus was positive – despite the lack of publicity leading to few tickets being sold, the members of the groups themselves had a very good night and believe a lot of benefit was gained from the experience. The chance to socialise and meet new, like-minded people; to advertise and give samples of your own shows; and to generally have a great time.
I enjoyed myself, and as far as I could tell, so did everyone else.