Music Venues in Oxford

Music Venues in Oxford

If you are learning guitar, it's essential to learn from the masters, and one of the best ways to do this is to see them in the flesh. Oxford's wide range of talent is showcased at the even wider range of music venues, so why not call up a group of friends, and go to see your favourite band, or even a band you've never heard of, who might turn out to be your new favourite band.

The Jericho Tavern is a modest pub serving food and drinks by day and welcoming an array of local and touring bands by night. Due to its intimate nature, the Jericho doesn't often see big mainstream acts, but this is by no means a bad thing, it is the perfect place for winding down with some folk or acoustic music, or checking out some of the new Oxonian talents that's on offer. The bands that play here get consistently high praise and the pub is a favourite with students and locals alike, all looking to hear the very best in lesser-known music. Why not head down for a few pints and see what's on offer, you might even discover something really great.

The New Theatre is a building that has had a firm place on the Oxford streets for over 170 years, going through various transformations to become the hub of entertainment that exists today. After a great many difficulties through the years, this venue now hosts ballets, operas, comedians and most-importantly, large bands playing to a sell-out audience. The New Theatre is something for the pop-lover, featuring artists such as Rufus Wainwright and Leona Lewis but this only goes to show the versatility of Oxford's venues: one night you can be hearing underground drum and bass, the next you can be enjoying a relaxing dose of popular music. With a capacity of 1800, this is the premier venue for more diverse forms of entertainment, be sure to check it out soon.

The Cellar Oxford's name gives an indication of the kind of experience that can be found at this venue, playing host to the best in underground and independent performers producing a truly unique and personal event. Aside from gigs, the venue hosts club nights with genres ranging from dubstep to hip-hop via a flood of drum n bass and garage, music that you are unlikely to hear at many other places. The independent vibe of this venue has made it popular among those who seek something radically different from the radio-friendly music that we hear on a daily basis. The Cellar's cheap tickets and even cheaper drinks make it a venue popular with most and a favourite of many, be sure to check their listings because such an independent club will sell out quickly.

The 02 Academy Oxford is probably the premier music venue in Oxford, hosting huge-name artists and up-and-coming bands alike. Having been through various guises in the past, the venue has never failed to attract crowds looking for the cream of Oxford's music scene. Local Oxford bands such as Radiohead have graced the stage, even filming the video for their breakthrough hit "Creep" there back in 1995. Rock bands, hip-hop acts and pop artists are mainstays of the venue that can host a maximum of 1000 people, making it an attraction for big artists in an intimate setting. For customers on the O2 mobile network, don't forget you can access exclusive early releases of tickets for this venue, something that will entice fans of all different genres of music for a long time to come, cementing this venue's reputation.

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