How it all began
The concept for “Simple” was born in 1999 between good friends Nick Gladwin and Sean Holbrook. After a particularly long and disappointing clubbing weekend in Manchester, Nick and Sean decided—over a much-needed cup of coffee—that there was no reason why they couldn’t put their heads together and stage events back at home in Oxford.
Simple launched soon after with a string of hugely successful bank holiday parties at the, then, Bar Baby on Cowley Road. A weekly radio show on the excellent online station, Mezzmusic, soon followed, whilst Simple also began hosting Room II at The Coven on Saturdays. Simple went on to establish its first regular monthly event in 2001, at The Cellar in Oxford.
After two years of top notch Saturday nights, Nick and Sean moved venue to the slightly larger Backroom @ The Bullingdon on Cowley Road in October 2003. The bank holiday summer parties continued, but on boats down The Thames, and the first Saturday of the month became known, quite simply, as “Simple Saturday”.
Collaborations and festivals ensued ... and today at Oxford's legendary night spot, the partying just won’t stop!