DJs &/or live bands every night. One of Oxford's best venues for live music (and more recently, comedy), catering for a wide range of musical tastes, having an emphasis on hiphop, funk, D&B, Latin jazz & indie. Previously heavily DJ-orientated, recently moving more toward live gigs & flourishing with a tight new soundsystem.
Opening hours: Open til 3am Mon - Sat, til 2am on Sunday. Next events at The Cellar
There are sofas, Cocktails & Live music events
Capacity: 250. Sofas & Cocktails. Late licence till 3. Equipment Spec.: Good PA, good monitoring, very good engineer. Available for private hire
Frewin Court, off Cornmarket St
Godspeed, Annero, Last Rites, Black Tish II, The Omnivibes, Tridem, De'Mask Thyself, Crows Reign Sat 25 May: 5-11pm
Extracurricular Sat 25 May: 10pm-3am
The Manatees, Zander Sharp, Heman Sheman Tue 28 May: 9pm-3am
Freerange Wed 29 May: 10pm-3am
Kyshera Sat 1 Jun: 10pm
Mordecai, Kyshera, Man Make Fire, Minimata Sat 1 Jun: 7-10.30pm
Subverse Presents @ The Cellar Wed 5 Jun: 10pm-3am
DJ Afrika Baambaata Thu 6 Jun: 10pm-3am
Laid Blak live at Skylarkin' Soundsystem Fri 7 Jun: 9pm-3am
Toliesel, Jordan O'Shea, Sier Pin Sky, After The Thought Sat 8 Jun: 7-11pm
Intrusion Tue 11 Jun: 8.30pm
Wara Fri 14 Jun: 10pm-3am,
Cigdem Aslon, Maqam Sat 15 Jun: 7.30pm
The Indelicates album launch PLUS The Mechanisms. Tue 18 Jun: 7.30pm
Artful (Formerly Artful Dodger), Rude Kid Tue 18 Jun: 11pm-3am.
Swings & Spangle, Kinjanunt, Danny Way Wed 19 Jun: 11pm-3am
The Severed Limb at The Big Ten Inch! Fri 21 Jun: 9pm-3am
Richard Herring, Wil Franken Tue 25 Jun: 7pm
Deerhoof Thu 27 Jun: 9pm-3am
Mother Corona, Kobosh (New Zealand) and Komrad Wed 3 Jul: 7pm doors, 7.30pm start
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The Cellar is without doubt at the forefront of the Oxford music scene, being independent, in touch with the youth, and about music more than just money.
Probably about the best night in Oxford is Bossaphonik, monthly on a Friday, having firmly made its mark on the world/jazz circuit, and so always hosting world class live music acts...
There are also well established regular nights for DnB, Hip Hop,Indie rock and Reggae.
Keep up with what's happening on their website, as well as their facebook page.
The Cellar is certainly my 1st port of call in Oxford for music.
Makepeace (Unverified), 13/06/12
I saw Shearwater here on 2 April and was blown away (more by their music than by the Cellar itself to be fair, but still!). I enjoyed the intimate atmoshpere, the staff were friendly and you could get reasonably priced drinks - everything you need for an excellent night out. The sound system/ acoustics seemed to be much better than in the past. Definitely will return. Hope Shearwater (and Julie Doiron) will too!
Claudia K-P (Unverified), 04/04/12
I think most people in Oxford are familiar with The Cellar. They've managed to hold on to their identity and precious independence whilst so many venues in Oxford go corporate through pressure from big chains and breweries. It's even happened all down the Cowley Road so hats off to the Cellar for keeping it real right in the heart of the city where the competition is fierce.
I saw Friendly Fires play here years ago way before they became so big and The Foals and Young Knives always played here back in the day.
The Cellar's music policy is head and shoulders above anywhere else, across all genres, the venue is simple, no nonsense and laid back, they welcome everyone and the staff are respectful to nights such as The Goth night. Their Comedy night is top notch and most importantly their beer is cheap!
Keep up the good work!
Ghosty (Unverified), 18/11/09
The Cellar gets better and better (and busier and busier).
Listings on the website, on the board outside and in Nightshift make it a little easier to know what's on now. Stand-out night has to be Rollercoaster vs. Chicks with Decks (usually on the last Saturday of the month but do check) when live bands earlier in the evening give way to DJs playing a fantastic selection of indie, punk and just generally cool music to dance like a loon to. Bar is reasonably priced for central Oxford, with a selection of cocktails, several lagers and bitters and every Glasto-goers favourite tipple, Brothers Pear Cider, an exclusive in Oxford, I think? The only downsides are the loos (not great, let's be honest) and the overpowering smell of bath bombs and soap emanating from Lush, directly upstairs!
Becky (DI User), 23/10/06
Quickly establishing itself as one of the centres of musical life in Oxford, The Cellar offers a wide range of specialist nights with an emphasis on Hip Hop, Funk, DnB and Latin Jazz although all types of music are represented. Previously heavily DJ orientated the venue has been moving much more in a live direction and is flourishing with a tight new soundsystem. One for the musos.
Stand Out Nights: Bossaphonik (usually every other Wed) - top quality live latin jazz and funk. Big Hair - local & new indie/rock bands followed by DJs. Sketchy (every other Fri) scratching, hip hop and funk. Usually live bands at the weekend. Keep an eye on the listings because they can be pretty fluid.
Jack (Unverified), 19/07/05
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