We are now holding our first Friday events in The Gladiator Social Club on Iffley Road, (admission charges apply), and our Sunday events at The Tree in Iffley (admission free). Both venues are fully accessible.
About the Gladiator Club
Our Friday evening events are held in the function room of the Gladiator Social Club. The room we use at the back of the club. Use the main entrance on Iffley Road and walk through to the backroom where the gigs are held and which has its own licensed bar with surprisingly good bar prices. The lounge and bar at the front of the club is strictly for Gladiator Club members only.
The Gladiator Social Club
265 Iffley Road
Oxford OX4 1SJ
The Gladiator Club is fully accessible, including toilets, and the function room is has its own fully licensed bar with very competitive prices. There are no card facilities at this venue. Admission to the event and the bar is cash only.
Getting to The Gladiator
The Gladiator is on the corner of Percy Street and Iffley Road. It is on the number 3 bus route, (Magdalen Road bus stop) so really easy to get to. On-site parking is reserved for Gladiator Club members only and roadside public parking is very limited, so please use public transport or taxis if at all possible.
About the Tree Hotel
Our Sunday social events are held at The Tree in the quiet suburb of Iffley. The events are held in the main bar or, weather permitting, in the garden.
The Tree Hotel
63 Church Way, Iffley
Oxford, OX4 4EY
The venue is accessible, and offers a range of Indian food. The grassy garden includes seating areas and a covered area making it very family friendly.
Getting to The Tree
The Tree is on the corner of Church Way and Tree Lane. It has its own car park at the back of the venue (entrance on Tree Lane), and on a Sunday afternoon there is plenty of kerbside parking available in the surrounding roads. If coming by bus, take one of the number 3 routes along Iffley Road and get off at the Iffley Turn stop. From there it is a short walk, about 500 meters, to The Tree.
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 our events, and everyone is welcome. Just turn up and pay at the door.
Can I pay by card?
At the moment it is cash only for admission to the gig, and the Gladiator bar is also cash only. For our free Sunday sessions at The Tree, you can use cards at the bar.
Can I buy tickets online?
When online ticketing is available, we will include a link to the ticket agency in our events listings.
Do I need to bring ID?
You don't need any form of ID to come into the gig, but if you are lucky enough to look like you could be under 18 and want an alcoholic drink, then yes, bring some sort of photo ID and take it as a compliment when bar staff ask to see it.
Is there a smoking area?
For health reasons, both smoking and vaping is prohibited, but for Gladiator events 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 and vapers to step outside for a few minutes to enjoy a cigarette. The Tree has a spacious garden where smoking is permitted.
Can I bring my own drinks?
Sorry, no. You cannot bring in your own drinks. We are using venues which have their own bars and which provide a wide range of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, at competitive prices. The venues are hugely supportive to us, making it possible for us to hold live music.
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.
Can under 18s attend your gigs?
Yes, both The Gladiator and The Tree are family-friendly venues, though persons under 16 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult, and licensing conditions strictly require that anyone under 18 does not purchase alcohol, and does not consume alcohol. There is a good selection of soft drinks though.
Can I bring small children to the gig?
Yes, but please take care. Gigs are dark and noisy places, and we don't want someone stumbling on them or knocking them over in the dark. There is a lot of tempting shiny electrical equipement and cables around the performance area so try to keep them well away from that too. Sound volumes are high so I recommend younger children wear ear defenders or use disposable ear plugs, (free ear plugs are available at the desk).
Is seating available?
Both venues have plenty of seating available, but it will be informal seating at tables, not theatre-style seating. If you need to be seated, or need tables moving to accommodate a wheelchair etc, please let us know and we will always do our best to make arrangements for you.
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?