- Tickets: £11/£10 in advance, £14 on the door
- Company: Ran Kan Kan
- Extras: This is a standing gig.
Celebrate spring dancing to the funkiest music to come out of Latin America from two great bands, with the exuberant sound of Colombian cumbia from Manos pa’ Arriba. They are teamed up tonight with Ran Kan Kan, Oxford’s Cubanista big band, playing Son Montuno and mambo classics from Cuba’s Golden age.
Birmingham-based Manos pa’ Arriba play a feisty selection of Colombian cumbia with an ocassional foray into wild Balkan rhythms. The latest off-spring of Birmingham’s thriving World Music scene, they started Manos so that Birmingham would not miss out on the carefree and infectiously rhythmic, exotically alluring music of cumbia which is taking London by storm.
“It’s such great music, it’s so high energy, and you can dance however you feel and fancy,” affirms lead singer Ellie Midhani.
Born from a meeting of latin rhythm lovers and horns player at a Cuban music workshop in 2011, Ran Kan Kan has a growing fan base who regularly pack out gigs at OFS. This 24-piece Oxford based big band will bring you the very best of Cuban son montuno and mambos and new versions of classic old tunes for you to dance to.
DJ Badger will keep the Old Fire Station dance floor tropical until midnight with African Caribean Latin dance tunes.
DJ from 8pm
9pm Ran Kan Kan (45m)
10:30pm Manos pa Arriba (60m)
Parking & Access
There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.
The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.
If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.Car parks in Oxford Blue Badge information Public transport in Oxford
Patrons with a disability are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 263990.
There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.
There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place) and Studio space via lift. All spaces in the building are wheelchair-accessible via lift apart from the Theatre balcony and the Loft. If an event is in the Loft, this will be clearly stated on the event’s web page.
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We try to programme as much accessible work as we can.
The Glass Will Shatter, Wednesday 15 April, 7.30pm. Click here.
Jeremiah, Wednesday 6 May, 7.30pm. Click here.
Fragments, Friday 22 – Saturday 23 May. Click here.
Juliet & Romeo, Friday 27 March, 7.30pm. Click here.
Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters, Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm. This show also has pre-recorded audio description tracks available. Click here.
A video showing the foyer, the theatre door and the accessible toilet, from the George Street entrance.
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).
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