Oxford's Bring Your Own Music night! An open mic style night where the audience brings their favourite tracks to share


What is it?

We love discovering new music, and the best way to discover is to share.

Listening Parties are a space to share the music you’re passionate about. You’ll discover something new and meet new people through their music choices.

How does it work?

Listening Parties are temporarily going online. We’ve tried out several platforms for communal listening and decided to try Zoom for our first virtual Listening Party. 

Like an open mic, let us know when you sign up to attend if you’ve got something to share. We’ll be using Zoom’s audio-sharing function, so you just need to be able to play whatever it is you want to share on your computer and everyone will hear it. 

We’ll limit contributions to 4 minutes each so that we can fit in lots of contributions. We encourage you all to introduce your track, tell us why you’ve chosen it, what is special about it to you.

We’ll also have an open Spotify playlist setup that you can add to during the event, if what you hear inspires you to share more - the night’s bespoke playlist will then be available to listen to again, to go back to find anything jewels you discovered.

Oxford Audio Consultants, who have supported our Listening Parties over the last year, will once again be supporting the event with advice on how to get the best sound setup for your home listening - with that you’ve got, or perhaps supplemented with delivery of something from their showroom to your home.

Please sign up through eventbrite as usual, and we’ll send you a link to join the Zoom call and further instructions for participation.

Edition 6: Music of Resilience

This edition of Listening Parties was scheduled as part of the 18th Oxford Human Rights Festival. The theme for this year's festival is Resilience, so we've taken that as our theme this time. The theme seems more relevant now than ever, despite changes since we first planned the event.

Share with us tracks that help you keep resilient, remind you of good times, embody strength and solidity, or connect to resilience however you feel it.

Our track for starters is: Old Time Musicians, from Gerry Diver’s Speech Project. It lifts our spirits and speaks of the resilience of musicians, traditions, and music itself through generations.