we are an oxford club night playing indie pop, northern soul, tamla motown, girl groups, and sixties heartbreak
next date: we're on summer break now, but will return in the autumn!
The Smiths * The
Supremes * The Go-Betweens * Dusty Springfield * Belle & Sebastian
* Love * Tammi Terrell * Aztec Camera * The Ronettes * Orange Juice
* Beach Boys * The Temptations * Velvet Underground * Felt * The Shangri-Las
* Primal Scream * Otis Redding * The Field Mice * Dexys Midnight Runners
* Camera Obscura * The Four Tops * Melba Moore * The Orchids
How Does It Feel
To Be Loved?
We're on summer
break now but will return in the autumn. See you then!
A great piece on HDIF in Oxford by Cat Clark in The Oxford Student. Thank you!
OXFORD’S MUSICALLY inclined have long been willing to put in the time and an extra fiver to embrace the Tube and head towards London for a good night out. While we all appreciate the ample legroom and air conditioning, it is always nice when the mountain comes to Mohammed and a club night of HDIF’s calibre decides that it should pay us a visit instead.
With a music policy to die for and guest DJs ranging from Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch to Felt’s Phil King, expect a night of indiepop, sixties girl groups, Northern Soul and Motown, all enhanced by the awkward, exuberant dancing of the city’s twee brigade, as once a month the skinny ties come out in force to pick their vintageheeled way towards the Jericho Tavern.
The venue is a mix of leather sofas and raised dancefloors and while the cameras screening your best moves to the screens in the bar are a little unnerving, after a few (admittedly pricey) drinks you will forget all about them. Requests are welcomed, although the DJing is normally spot on, second-guessing what the crowd wants to hear before the crowd really know themselves. Do not expect to hear the usual indie mob pleasers though.
The Killers have no place at HDIF, the emphasis being firmly placed on fun retro classics and fey nineties pop anthems. In the club’s own words, “We love guitars that jangle, we love footstomping melodies and huge choruses.” Good times then, this is the closest you will come to being loved by a club night.
Guardian Indie Pop
feature 2004 - excellent piece about indie pop and HDIF
Hilarious piece about HDIF from the Big Issue - "This, it would seem, is where young librarians go to let off steam"
What the ladies and gentlemen of the press have said about the club:
convention. Unusual but it works" - The Guardian Guide (number
four club of the week), 15/6/02
A great review of
the John Peel Tribute Night on LondonNet.Com
"Ta again for
helping me find the holy grail of nightclubs!"
Thank you all!