Music is a big part of the event, with something for everybody.


Wantage Silver Band

The Wantage Silver Band is an amateur brass band organisation, based in the small market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire. The organisation currently comprises 8 bands, possibly making Wantage the largest brass organisation in the country.  Wantage Silver Band provide entertainment to local audiences through concerts and open-air events such as summer fetes, and compete in county and national/area competitions. Occasionally we travel further afield for contests of particular interest, or for holidays combined with scheduled concert performances.

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Open mic event - held in the Lions beer tent. 

Music - Witney Carnival

Our ‘resident band’, Mid Life Crisis opens and closes the event, but there are slots throughout the afternoon. If you fancy coming along and entertaining the audience, then book a slot on the day.

Music - Witney Carnival

There will also be lots of other music going on in the beer tent to include solo artists and Ukelele bands.


Live music throughout the afternoon is provided by the children’s charity 7 C’s Foundation, a charity which believes that all children can be helped through difficult times with music.

The 7 C’s Foundation teaches its students to play a range of musical instruments. Those who come to see some of their bands performing will see a glimpse of the diverse styles, genres, ages and abilities.

Oxford Caledonian Pipes and Drums  

Marching music from a group of musicians who are dedicated to keeping traditional music alive. It is made up of friendly people of all ages and different backgrounds from Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties, all with a common interest.The band appears at events such as the Oxford Lord Mayor’s Parade, Didcot Remembrance Day service and various fetes and carnivals.

Witney Carnival Music



Ian Giles has been involved in the folk music scene locally, nationally and internationally for nearly fifty years.

Originally a singer of traditional songs, his interest in all aspects of folklore led him to becoming a founder member of Oxfordshire based bands. Magpie Lane and The Oxford Waits, an early music group specialising in 17th century ballads and tunes, the folk duo Tyburn Road and music hall trio Auntie Mary's Canaries.
He also loves to busk across the county and you may well have seen him in Witney playing lively dance tunes on his squeezebox.