Summer of Music with Make Music In Abingdon

Make Music In Abingdon – Gigs All Summer

We are back again with a summer of events.

Monthly showcase events will take place at the Loose Cannon Taproom on the 3rd Thursday of every month. These provide an opportunity for local performers to showcase their original or unusual covers to an attentive audience, and for local live music lovers to experience some new music. Doors open at 7:30pm with first act starting soon after, so please arrive early to catch all the performers. Entrance is free, but donations are encouraged to cover the expenses involved in putting on these events. Reservations can be made via the Loose Cannon Taproom web site.

The first event is on 21st April and features:

  • Hogerswolf : Andy Hogger writes original folklore prog rock inspired songs. His second EP “Catrice & The Others Than They Are” is being launched on 29th April.
  • Alcon Blue : Brand new 4-piece funk/rock band, serving up soulful song-lead originals
  • Firegazer : Original alternative folk. Or in the words of Oxford’s Nightshift magazine “Dark inventive folk”. They have just released a new album New Beginnings which you can find on Spotify

More information will be coming soon about the future dates including Make Music Day on June 21st which will include workshops and performances in the afternoon and gigs in the evening at various venues around town.

Note that acts listed on the poster above are subject to change.

Remember also that Abingdon has a good live music scene

  • Live music up to 4 times a week at the Old Anchor including open mics, showcases and good local bands and solo performers.
  • The Brewery Tap has live music every Saturday evening from 9pm and Sundays from 5pm featuring all kinds of styles and genres
  • Northcourt Music at Abingdon Football club which has top tribute acts and more.
  • Music at the Unicorn which has a program including some of the UK’s top mainly folk based performers.
  • Other venues include Nags Head (most Friday evenings), Kings Head & Bell (most Saturday evenings), Tipsy Mercer (most Saturday evenings) and occasional gigs at Royal British Legion, Spread Eagle, Broad Face, White Horse.


We are thrilled to let you know that we have made arrangements with Loose Cannon Brewery, and we will host five music nights in their great taproom. These nights will give you the chance to experience three different local acts, and they serve as fundraising for our big Make Music Day in June.
Free entry!
Do pop down for some great beer and music.

Make Music Winter – Musicians Wanted

For our Make Music Winter Festival on 21st December we have some available slots during the day for musicians.
We are looking for mainly – but not exclusively – original music, and we can cater for semi-acoustic setups (no full drum kits and the like).

There will be live music on from 2 pm and until 8-9 pm, and it will take place in two rooms in The Guildhall:
Smaller acoustic acts in The Old Magistrate’s Court and slightly bigger/louder acts in the Roysse Room.
If you would like to apply for a slot (30-45 minutes) at our Make Music Winter festival, then fill in this Google form before 7th December, and we will get back to you shortly after that.

Make Music Abingdon is a non-profit organisation working to get more original music showcased in Abingdon and to encourage music making. Our objective is also to make music accessible to all, which is why we never charge people to attend our events.

We do not have a big budget but rely on grants and donations, so we cannot pay you a big fee, but we can offer you some free snacks/drinks and hopefully a bit of “petrol money”

Sam Prince

Sam Prince
Sam at his Jazzy Kind of Day event.

We are deeply saddened by the news that Sam Prince died unexpectedly on September 24th.

Sam was a driving force behind Make Music Abingdon since we started in March, and he had such a positive no-nonsense can-do attitude about everything – fuelled by his love of music and his wish to encourage more music in our community. He was an absolute joy to work with and had a wicked sense of humour. He kept getting new ideas about music events, and Sam was the one to suggest a monthly showcase of original music – our YMSA events. We had our first one only on the Sunday before with Sam taking videos of the acts and planning for future events and how this and that could be done. 

We will dedicate the forthcoming YMSA events to Sam’s memory.


Your Music Showcase Abingdon

Your Music Showcase Abingdon
My Music Showcase Abingdon

Make Music Abingdon wants to encourage music making in Abingdon! That’s our main purpose really.

Therefore we have started a monthly Your Music Showcase Abingdon (YMSA) event.

It takes place on a Sunday afternoon, with 2-3 featured acts who will present some of their original songs to an attentive and friendly audience. 

We will present a variety of genres, instruments and ages, and we hope you will help us spread the word and encourage local music makers to get in touch.

It takes place in The Old Magistrate’s Court in The Guildhall, Abbey Close.
The event is FREE and for all ages. We encourage donations to help pay for the room hire and to split between artists.

There is a bar/cafe.

See the events menu and our Facebook page for more details