BIG news this week for festival-lovers.

More than 15 years after Radiohead’s triumphant homecoming show in South Park, the Oxford park is to once again play host to a major music event.

Called Common People, the non-camping festival will see bands playing three stages over the course of two days on May 28 and 29.

It is run by the team behind one of the world’s highly-rated music festivals, Bestival on the Isle of Wight – who have a proven track record in staging quality events, which should calm any fears following the fiasco of last year’s ill-fated ‘Oxford Oxford’ festival, also planned for South Park – which was axed a week before it was due to start date due to poor ticket sales.

A Common People event was staged earlier this year in Southampton, and the Hampshire city will host a similar event the same weekend as Oxford, with some acts playing both festivals.

The first tranche of acts are expected to be named next week.

Organisers have assured us there will be a decent contingent of Oxford acts on the line-up as well as some spectacular headliners.

Tickets are expected to cost below £27.50 + booking fee, per day Watch this space.

* Since its launch 15 years ago, one-day festival Audioscope has raised more than £29,000 for the homelessness charity Shelter. On Saturday this year’s event takes place, in a new venue – The Bullingdon.

As always, the line-up is impressive, featuring electronica legends Plaid, synth genius Gazelle Twin, Oxford art-rockers Kone, the UK’s loudest band Part Chimp, prog-kraut veterans Guapo, the hypnotic Kogumaza, Londoners Taman Shud and Dave Heumann, who performs as part of his debut European solo tour with members of Trembling Bells and his former band Arbouretum.

They follow such illustrious previous bookings as Public Service Broadcasting, Four Tet, Wire, Damo Suzuki, Silver Apples, Clinic, and Michael Rother of Neu!

Tickets are £15 in advance from