Martha to headline Oxford’s If Not Now, When? festival

Indie punk quartet Martha have been announced as headliners for Oxford’s DIY festival If Not Now, When? Now in its 3rd year, the all-dayer will take place across 3 stages at the East Oxford Community Centre in Oxford on September 14th 2019. Tickets are currently at an early bird price of £18, and are available at wegottickets.com/ifnotnowwhen

If Not Now, When? revealed the first look at the lineup this weekend, with Martha – whose excellent third album came out this weekend – leading a bill full of the country’s top alternative bands and the best of what the local scene has to offer. They’ll be joined by angular post punk legends Bilge Pump and London noise poppers Chorusgirl.

Here’s the lineup, as we know it so far:

Martha (headline)

Bilge Pump

Chorusgirl

Pet Crow

Nervous Twitch

Natalie Evans

Secret Power

Theo

Junk Whale

Murderach

The first lineup announcement from If Not Now, When? 2019

Also, as the lineup is still fairly small, let’s do this properly – here’s a précis on every band we know is playing so far:

  • MARTHA

Durham’s finest DIY punks have just released their third album – and it’s exactly as chock full of unstoppable hooks and irresistible songs as we’ve become used to from this band.

  • BILGE PUMP

Post punk noise rockers from Leeds, who first formed in the mid 90s. Two decades on and they’re still producing music that’s full of angles and sharp edges, as they showed with their first album in ten years, We Love You.

  • CHORUSGIRL

London’s post-punk pop quartet Chorusgirl released their second album Shimmer and Spin last year – building on their 2015 self-titled debut with a new collection of sparse, dreamy indie pop songs.

  • PET CROW

Garage rockers from Derby, whose 2017 debut album saw them invited to join the likes of Menace Beach and Modern Rituals on tour.

  • NERVOUS TWITCH

Leeds punk rockers, equal parts The Ramones and The Runaways. Their third album I Won’t Hide saw the band venturing into new wave territory with no small amount of success.

  • NATALIE EVANS

Kent singer songwriter, whose intricate guitar and harp work lends her simple, beautiful songs a beguiling complexity.

  • SECRET POWER

London outfit, born one of DIY Space for London’s legendary First Timers seasons. Recently on tour with Big Joanie, they bring their brand of R&B-influenced post punk back to Oxford.   https://forthesakeoftapes.bandcamp.com/album/secret-power

  • THEO

R&B pop from this Oxford singer songwriter. Theo’s a big part of the city’s excellent Young Women’s Music Project, which provides a supportive and inclusive space for young women to make music.

  • JUNK WHALE

Big hearted indie grunge from Oxford, who are building up to their debut album release at some point soon with support slots for bands like Doe, The Beths and Chorusgirl.

  • MURDERACH

Oxford singer/producer, whose stripped back, dreamy track February matches a woozy R&B style over electronic beats to provide a perfect 4am track.

 

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