In the lead up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, every week we will be producing special focuses on our collegiate groups who will be performing at the world’s largest amateur arts festival in 2012. In the first of seven editions, we’re looking at two-time ICCA runners-up, Out of the Blue.
The boys from Oxford have been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe since all the way back in 2003, their very first year performing in C Venues’ C (-1) venue, with their first performance to merely 9 audience members! How times have changed since! Between 2006 and 2009, they achieved Fringe Sell-Out Awards and therefore opted in 2010 to move to C Venues’ then largest theatre, C Plaza, located on George Square, where they became the biggest selling show in C Venues that year – another Sell-Out run. Last year, they opted to work with Pleasance and achieved yet another Sell-Out run, their fifth in a row. Clearly the boys have gained a significant following in their nine years of participation at the Festival.
“An emotional performance” – Broadway Baby, 2006 (*****)
“Infectiously charming…reached levels of emotion Sting could only dream about” – Broadway Baby, 2007 (*****)
“Exquisite harmonies” – ThreeWeeks, 2011 (*****)
The boys are moving to Assembly @ George Square this year, a 500-seater venue, which is another big step up in terms of audience, but one the boys are very confident of handling. “We’re sure it will be a positive experience for us, our audiences, and the student presence at the Fringe in general,” says co-producer of their Edinburgh show, Dominic Stockbridge. He adds: “A lot of student acts are rising to prominence and we really hope to be part of that. It’s so great to see student stuff get taken seriously, especially as, when you think about it, students in acts now are probably going to evolve into professionals in acts in only a few years’ time.”
What to Expect?
Out of the Blue are one of those consistently good groups that never fail to put on a good show. When I first saw them in 2010, they completely blew me away with their wall of sound and their fantastic harmonies. The very fact they have been allocated to one of the largest venues at the Festival is testament to the reputation they carry throughout the UK, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed if you found yourself attending their show. They are a sure fire bet to make your day, whether through their infectious energy, immaculate blend or merely the thought of several Oxford students prancing about on stage. I’ll be going to see them at least twice. I’d advise you all to do the same.