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'Simply Sliding' along the Thames

Simply Sliding along The Thames

Bank Holidays are usually reserved for relaxation and DIY - but the guys behind Oxford nights Slide and Simple use it to put on a floating club.

Despite the far from favourable weather a hundred chatted, drank and raved as resident DJs of the two nights played on deck.

The fully stocked bar and the friendly, family atmosphere helped everyone come together.

Strangers were drawn together by the bond of electronic music.

One first-time boat-goer said: "It is a wicked concept, and a fantastic party. I've never been to anything like it and seeing the faces of people on the bank as we go past is priceless!"

As well as August Bank Holiday, the party also takes place during the May equivalent, which tends to host greater numbers with the added boost from students.

The music policy reflects their nights on-land under the broad umbrella of 'House'.

As the boat set-sail the energy and atmosphere gradually rose, and not to be stopped at the relative early hour of 10pm, the party continued at Baby Simple, Cowley Road.

If twice-a-year isn't enough for you, or you fancy doing it a little bit differently, Slide can help you organise your own.

Equally both Slide and Simple - often combined as Fuse also alongside Eclectricity - continue on dry land in the Autumn and provide the environment for some of the UK's and world's most famous DJs.

The likes of Simian Mobile Disco, Kissy Sell Out, Mowgli and Style of Eye will all grace our historic city before the end of the year.


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