Coming up at Klub Kakofanney

Corona Virus Update

We are all concerned about the current Corona Virus epidemic and have to consider the risks that our Klub Kakofanney gigs represent to band members, audiences, and the Wheatsheaf staff. You are all our friends and we don't want to put any of you at risk. We have decided to err on the side of caution and suspend the upcoming shows until we are confident that the gig is a safe space for everyone. We are sure you will understand why we have taken this decision, and rest assured we will be back once we know it is safe to do so. Please watch this space for updates, keep in touch, and most importantly, take care of yourselves, your families, and your friends through these difficult times.

About the Wheatsheaf, Oxford

Most of our events are held at the Wheatsheaf, a pub in the centre of Oxford. The Friday night events, and the occasional special event such as the New Year's Eve party are held upstairs, in the music venue, and there is normally an admission charge. The Sunday events are held in the ground floor bar, and admission is free.

The Wheatsheaf
129 High Street
Oxford OX1 4DF

The Wheatsheaf is located just a few minutes walk from Carfax in the centre of Oxford, close to all the major bus routes, and about 15 minutes walk from Oxford rail station.

The ground floor of the Wheatsheaf is wheelchair-accessible. The music venue on the first floor is accessed by a flight of stairs which is well-lit and wide enough for two people side-by-side. Unfortunately, the building has no lift.

Age restrictions
Please note the Wheatsheaf is a licensed premises, and it is required to operate a strictly 18+ admission policy. We regret that persons under the age of 18 cannot be admitted to any gigs at this venue. This applies to both audiences and performers. People aged 21 or under are advised to bring appropriate age verification ID.

More information about Klub Kakofanney events

Who founded Klub Kakofanney
Klub Kakofanney was founded by Phil Freizinger and Sue Smith, back in 1991, at a time when there was very little independent music and few music venues in Oxford. Its mission then, and now, was to support and encourage the independent music scene and unsigned musicians in Oxford, to provide a stage for both upcoming and established bands and artists to play. It is run on a not-for-profit basis, and staffed entirely by volunteers with a shared interest in original live music. We encourage bands to support one another and share backline where possible, to maximise performance time.
Do I need to book in advance?
No. For most of our events you just need to turn up and pay at the door. If we think an event might be sold out, we'll make sure we mention it in our listing of the event. Most months though, you can just turn up and pay at the door.
Do you have to be a club member?
No, it isn't a membership club at all. Anyone can come to Klub Kakofanney events, and everyone is welcome. Just turn up and pay at the door. Please remember though that our regular venue, The Wheatsheaf, is licensed premises and has an 18+ policy.
Can I pay by card?
At the moment it is cash only for admission, but you can use cards to buy drinks in the ground floor bar. If you find you have come out without cash, there are cashpoint machines for all the major banks in Cornmarket, just a couple of minutes walk from the Wheatsheaf.
Can I buy tickets online?
When online ticketing is available, we will include a link to the ticket agency in our events listings.
Is there a smoking area?
No, but we operate the hand-stamp system so that anyone who has paid to come in may leave and re-enter the venue as often as they wish, so it is easy for smokers to step outside for a few minutes to enjoy a cigarette.
Can I bring my own drinks?
Sorry, no. You cannot bring in your own drinks. The Wheatsheaf provides a wide range of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, at normal bar prices.
Am I too old for rock music?
You are never too old, and you will find people of all ages at Klub Kakofanney events. We pride ourselves on our inclusiveness, creating a safe space, and everyone is welcome. You can dance, you can talk to people, or you can stand quietly and soak up the atmosphere. Its entirely up to you.
Is seating available?
There are only a few seats available in the upstairs venue and most of the audience stands. However, if this is a problem and you need to be seated, please let us know and we will do our best to make arrangements for you. In the ground floor venue, there is more seating available.
Will the music be too loud?
It will definitely be loud, but that is part of the joy of live music, that it infuses every part of your body. Many professional musicians and frequent gig-goers use earplugs at gigs to protect their hearing. We don't want anyone to suffer hearing damage, so if it feels too loud to you or you have forgotten your earplugs, please ask us for some disposables.
Can I take photographs?
Yes, of course. Please restrict your photos to the band members on stage, and to your own friends and family. Please avoid using flash photography in the faces of the musicians while they are playing.
Are the Sunday sessions open-mic?
No, bands and musicians are booked in advance and have a proper time slot. Please read the document "Information for bands and musicians".

Important information for bands and musicians wishing to play at Klub Kakofanney

We get a lot of people asking us for gigs, and we only run a limited number of events each year. Please do not include us in bulk mailshots asking for gigs. If you want to play for Klub Kakofanney, please make sure you read our information for bands before you contact us.

Information for bands and musicians