Fringe Focus: The Oxford Alternotives

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 third edition, we’ll be looking at third-time Fringe-goers, The Oxford Alternotives

Fringe History

The Alternotives have now performed in two consecutive Fringe Festivals, with their debut coming back in 2010, and received sell-out awards for both their runs. One of many groups from Oxford who have frequented the Fringe in recent years, they have impressed since 2010 with their very original style of a cappella and have received excellent reviews for their performances in the last two years. They will be hoping to build on their previous successes this year.

Previous Praise

“With entertaining dancing and stunning vocals, the Alternotives are at the top of a cappella.” – ThreeWeeks, 2011 (****)
“To take something complicated and unpredictable and carry it off with such panache was something that from an a cappella perspective I was massively impressed by.” – UACUK, 2011 (9 out of 10)

This Year

The group are performing a run of 14 shows at theSpaceUK @ Symposium Hall, from August 5th-18th, 2.05-2.55pm. The group will be bringing an entirely new set to Edinburgh this year, featuring arrangements of songs such as Jamiroquai’s Canned Heat, Destiny’s Child’s Say My Name, and the Scissor Sisters’ Take Your Mama, along with a handful of more heartfelt ballads such as Michael Buble’s Lost, Regina Spektor’s Samson, and Bonnie Rait’s Can’t Make You Love Me. “Expect a brand new set of our famous skits, too!” says President Ed Crawford. He adds some rather exciting news for all Alternotives fans across the world: “We’ll be launching our brand new album, the first one for 3 years, which is to be recorded in just a few weeks time and will feature many of the songs included in the Fringe set.” The album will be available for purchase outside their show, and we’ll definitely be picking up a copy.

What to Expect

The Alternotives are just that – they provide a new, fresh and funny spin into a cappella. The beauty of the Edinburgh Fringe is that groups like the Alternotives are allowed to be themselves a little more so than during the Voice Festival UK, and as such the audience will not only be entertained by some slick, bouncy pop-tunes and some smooth ballads, but also by their hilarious skits that add that extra dimension to their performance. They won’t be the first group you think of when you book your a cappella tickets, but the fresh, original nature of this group means they should definitely be on anyone’s list of “Things to See”.

Further Information

Fringe Listing
Facebook Page
Official Website


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