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Riverside Charlbury lineup

Here’s our provisional 2024 band list

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Art Lagun

Art Lagun likes to tell people he played acid house in Oxford first, at house parties in the summer of ‘88. And everyone hated it. Undeterred he still pops up to play sets of dance music where the importance of a tune still matters, along with enraging bands with his regular incisive reviews for Nightshift. Expect a fitting musical journey to close this year’s Fringe stage.

The August List

A six-piece powerhouse of joyous noise that spans psych, folk and rock. That sound holds tight songs of nature’s frailty and the human condition. Through the making of three critically acclaimed albums they have played shows across the UK and Europe and have opened for Gwenifer Raymond, Trembling Bells, and The Lovely Eggs. Their last album, ‘Wax Cat’ garnered the best reviews of their career, including five stars from R2 magazine and plays on BBC6 Music.


Back together after 25 years. All girl loudness, with much fun and energy. All the old classics and some new gems mixed in.

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bedd are a six-piece band from Oxford. With reverb-laden guitars and analogue synths, bedd create a melancholy nostalgia, carefully constructing huge swelling arrangements. Often veering from intimate conversational vignettes, to massive slabs of shoegaze noise, bedd try to make sense of the beauty and fragility of life against the backdrop and certainty of pain and loss. Their debut ep 1⅞ was released on beanie tapes to glowing reviews: ‘Its pleasant shortness is to its credit’ ‘The five songs, overall, slightly outstay their welcome’ But also: ‘I Whoo yeah’ is a devastating six-minute lilt through grief.’

Dada Paradox

Named for the 20th Century European art movement, Dada Paradox was originally comprised of Ian & Liza Roure, former front persons of defunct New York City powerpop band the Larch (1998 – 2015 “catchy, lyrically brilliant psychedelic new wave rock” – NY MusicDaily.) Having relocated to Oxford, UK in 2017, Dada Paradox’s Progressive Retro-Pop continues to deconstruct the psychedelic pop, rock & folk of the 60s, 70s & 80s transforming the elements into an eclectic soundtrack for the present world. Now Louder! As of May 2022 the band has expanded to include the brilliant rhythm section of Nick Evans on drums and Chris Bayne on bass. The four piece have begun to appear in rock venues of Oxford and rehearsing material for the first full band recording…stay tuned!

“Majestically Jangly”“Brilliantly lyrical, darkly funny”- New York Music Daily

“…slacker pop with an Anti-Folk edge for the anti-Trump movement” – Nightshift

The Deadbeat Apostles

Steeped in classic 60s and 70s R&B, Soul and Blues-Rock but possessed of a modern vim and vigour and a heavy dose of pop, this popular Oxford 6 piece bring the party.


Dubwiser is a legendary Oxford based, four-piece roots-reggae dub-party band featuring singer Jonas Torrance, drummer and producer Spider J with brothers Eddy (bass + keys) and John Smythe (guitar). They have shared stages and supported many of the biggest names in the business including the Wailers, the Skatalites, Dreadzone, Horace Andy and Mad Professor. Dubwiser’s music is a celebration of the British Caribbean family experience and a grateful recognition of the gift of a multicultural society and they have the word, sound and power of a true reggae band. Turn up and Smile Plenty!

The Faith Healers

The Faith Healers are a rock trio formed in 2022, with Mark Miles on guitar and vocals, Anne Alix on bass guitar and vocals and Martyn Jones on drums. They offer melodic rock songs, with hints of blues and soul influences. They released their first album Why I Don’t Believe in May 2024.

Grizelda Pughe

Grizelda Pughe is a one-man project brought into being by self-styled curator of the absurd, Ben Singleton. It came after years of toiling at the creative grindstone looking for a direction to turn the inner world of imagined music into a physical reality. Believing that Grizelda happened to him as much as he created it and describing performing the songs as a possession either by a subconscious voice or some external entity. Grizelda draws influence from diverse set of artists like; Tom Waits, FKA Twigs, Aphex Twin, Frank Zappa, Luciano Berio, Stravinsky, Cardiacs, Lee Scratch Perry and the Dead Kennedy’s.

The HS Showdown

Remember SLIPSTA? Remember HEADCOUNT? No? Oh well, we’re going to play you some of those songs so you can see what you missed first time round!


Oxford-based trio iiis (pronounced “eyes”) play home-crafted songs with heart. Expect shimmery vocal harmonies, soundscape guitars and swirly, ambient, dreamscape sounds like lazy strumming on a summer’s day. Formed in 2022 and influenced by artists such as Low, PJ Harvey and Sigur Ros, iiis are excited to be playing Charlbury Riverside festival this summer.


Anglo-French avant-garde electronic artist Julia-Sophie has repeatedly burnt everything down to the ground. Each time, she has risen from the embers transformed, forging new paths, her past casting a silhouette onto her ever-evolving creative endeavours. Previously she toured the US with artists like Blondie, Courtney Love with Little Fish, and earned millions of streams with Candy Says for songs in the films ‘Close’ and ‘Burn Burn Burn.’ ‘forgive too slow’, her deeply personal debut album is testament to her ability to yet again transform adversity into raw beauty, combining her traditional songwriting roots with her own take on experimental electronica.

The Kokroachez

The Kokroachez first played Charlbury Riverside Festival when they were just 12 yrs old and are stoked to be asked back in 2024! The four-piece alt-rock, punk-pop band have been described by BBC Introducing as “Kick Ass” – their reputation for explosive live performances precedes them! This year has been a big one for them. They have had a string of recent high-energy releases and feature on a vinyl compilation of breaking indie artists (Indie Citizens vol 3). This year they’ve headlined the o2 Academy and GloFest, have a brand new single out, “Osney Skies” and an album release planned for December.

Leon P Fields

Leon  is a musician living in Oxford, originally from Devon. Playing folk-tinged Joy Division-inspired guitar loops. If that’s a thing!!

Liv Luce

Grungester, singer, guitarist, bassist and classically trained pianist, Liv Luce aspires to create big sounds with minimal instrumentation. Based in the Dordogne (France) having played in and around the Oxford music scene (UK) since her early teens, she offers a raw, dynamic yet melodious stage show alongside drumming virtuoso, Pat Holmberg. The sound draws upon influences ranging from The Smashing Pumpkins, Tool and PJ Harvey to Debussy and Philip Glass.

Matt Edible

Matt Edible has been a jewel in the crown of Hull’s music scene for many years.  From fronting cult avant-pop heroes Edible 5ft Smiths to leading Tom Robinson (6music) favourites The Holy Orders, he has consistently produced memorable and captivating music.

In recent years, Matt has focused on his own Matt Edible & The Obtuse Angels project – their debut album Stairgazing inspired the American alt-legend Josh T. Pearson to proclaim Matt “The best thing out of Hull since the Humber Bridge!”

Over lockdown Matt went to work on the follow-up album – The Optometrist – which will be released in January 2025.

Max Norton

Max Norton is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Songs of hope, change, and having a good time are the central themes of his work. Max wrote, recorded, produced, and played every instrument on these debut songs. Drums will always be the anchor to his songs along with lyrics that transport the listener to a timeless place. Max grew up in Tampa, Nashville, and now resides in London.

The Mighty Redox

The Mighty Redox are the half punk/half hippy staples of Oxford music, playing upbeat psychedelic workouts of pure energy.With 6 albums released, the band is now working on it’s seventh-‘Love’s A Demon’. It’s pure party music for festivals, venues and people of all ages.
Current line-up comprises Sue Smith, vocals and percussion, Phil Freizinger guitar and flute, and the cracking rhythm of Sandro Crucioli (bass) and Rick J Nash(drums).

Santa Carla Band

Newbies to the Oxford music scene Santa Carla are looking forward to making their live debut at Charlbury Riverside Festival this year. Formed from the ashes of well-loved Oxford band Wonderland, the 5-piece blend soaring melodies with buzzing guitars. The band’s influences are broad and cover the spectrum of Cocteau Twins, Jane’s Addiction & The Chameleons. Fans of Anna Calvi, 90’s indie with a new twist and 4 dimensional post punk will be well catered for.

The Subtheory

The Subtheory make cinematic, downtempo music with beats, bass, guitars and ethereal, haunting vocals. Trip hop bumps up against alternative electronic music to create a backdrop for Cate’s poetic lyrics. Releasing their debut album on Aug 2nd, to follow their string of critically acclaimed singles.


A dark atmospheric mix of early uk dubstep/ triphop, grunge and psychedelic synths

Other bands

The DB Band

The Balkan Wanderers

The Knights of Mentis

Dolly Mavis

Octavia Freud Presents Mancbeth

Prohibition Smokers Club

Flights of Helios

To read more about the bands, PLEASE buy a beautiful, high quality, highly entertaining programme – available on site!


Tom Sharp ran around the festival site on July 21st for two hours to raise money to help out. He’s nearly reached his target, so please support him!

The latest

The evening is upon us but we haven't even got started yet! Next up on that very cool main stage is....The Deadbeat Apostles5-piece soul, blues, rock and roll outfit “infused with a punk spirit that doesn’t trample too hard on the soulful rock’n’roll that is their stock-in-trade”. Angry, political, dressed up to the nines and having a ball. Their songs are a rallying cry for the oppressed and soulful calls for action whilst reminding you why music is your first love. Charlbury Riverside Festival 20/21 JULY 2024#charlbury #charlburyriversidefestival #oxfordshire #oxford #oxfordsmusicscene #oxfordshiremusicscene ... See MoreSee Less
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Final look back at your questions!🚗 Parking can be accessed at the bottom of Pound Hill, on the road to Chipping Norton (Not the cricket ground) - Post code: OX7 3QN.w3w is ///tequila.courier.brimmed - £5 for the day.🐕‍🦺 No dogs allowed except assistance dogs⛺️ No camping available 💵 Make sure to bring spare cash! The EE mast will be out so that may cause network issues.🥤 Reuse your cups!! Make sure to bring them back for some fresh beer and cider!!🍺 Last but not least, please do not bring your own booze. The festival is only free because you use the bar, lets keep it that way!We are SUPER SUPER excited to see you all tomorrow!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Last and most important question!!! HOW DO I GET THERE?By carCharlbury is approximately 15 minutes' drive from either Witney, Chipping Norton, Woodstock or Burford. From Oxford the journey is approximately 30 minutes.Parking can be accessed at the bottom of Pound Hill, on the road to Chipping Norton. (Not the cricket ground!!) Post code: OX7 3QN w3w is ///tequila.courier.brimmed £5 for the dayBy trainCharlbury is on the main London Paddington-Oxford-Worcester-Hereford line with regular hourly trains running in both directions. The journey time from Paddington is less than 1hr 20mins, from Oxford it takes as little as 15mins and from Worcester Shrub Hill the journey time is around an hour. For train times and ticket prices go to Great Western Railway. The festival site is only a few minutes walk from the railway station.By busBus services to Charlbury from Oxford and Woodstock (S3), and Witney and Chipping Norton (X9) are operated by Stagecoach. There are regular hourly services on Saturdays, but no bus service on Sundays.Information for disabled visitorsThe Mill Lane is an unmade track about 130m long. The festival entrance is another 160m along Mill Field. The Mill Field itself is a meadow, and whilst the grass isn't cut 'lawn short', it can be a little bit uneven in places. The festival site is approximately 370m end to end. The terrain is flat, with only some small undulations towards the second stage area, but there are no solid walkways on site. Disabled toilet facilities are provided next to the First Aid tent. Parking is available on site for Blue Badge holders only - you will be guided by a steward from the top of Mill Lane. ... See MoreSee Less
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Charlbury Riverside Festival 20/21 JULY 2024A couple more questions and answers for you all!!💵Please bring cash as well as your card, being prepared is better than being without a beer! 🧋 Have you bought a reusable cup over the years? Keep leaving it at home? Well this is a reminder to get it packed in your bag, ready for the weekend!!!!Charlbury RiversideFestival #Cash #Charlbury #charlburyriversidefestival #oxfordshire #oxford #oxfordsmusicscene #oxfordshiremusicscene ... See MoreSee Less
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Charlbury Riverside Festival 2024Here is your final line up!!! Remember all weekend there will be...4 stages, free kids area, crafts: Willow weaving, ironwork, stone carving, bushcraft skills, pole lathing. awesome food, brilliant drinks, also: gin! and soooooo much more!!Continue with your sun dances please.For more info visit: #charlburyriversidefestival #oxfordshire #oxford #oxfordsmusicscene #oxfordshiremusicscene ... See MoreSee Less
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