A Party with a Purpose


Saturday 9 July 2022

Supporting musicians

Not for profit……. For the love of music


BBC Introducing Music

Thame Town Music Festival teams up with BBC Introducing 

Thame Town Music Festival is delighted to announce that BBC Introducing will be part of the festival.  The free festival held in Thame town centre and 8 other venues attracted an estimated 12,500 visitors to 2019's event.  In 2022 the organisers are adding a special dedicated BBC Introducing stage to highlight the young, emerging talent.  The stage is to be curated by radio presenter Dave Gilyeat and his team at BBC Introducing in Oxford.

Dave commented: “We are really happy to get involved with Johnnie and Thame Town Music Festival.   I’ve always noticed how they’ve given slots to several bands we’ve supported over the years, which has been great, so we’re delighted to become part of the cause!  There are some fantastic new acts coming through and we are dedicated to helping achieve the opportunities, recognition and success they deserve.

Festival Director, Johnnie Littler said: “We are thrilled to be working with Dave and his BBC Introducing Oxford team to help showcase great new music from the area.  It is part of our mission to give emerging talent a platform to perform and reach a new and wider audience.  We have found a kindred spirit in Dave who has long been a vigorous champion of new acts and the best of the new breed.”

BBC Radio 6 Music DJ, Tom Robinson, who was an early supporter of TTMF added: “I’m delighted this great festival is going from strength to strength.”

Well done Thame Town Music Festival and BBC Introducing – a great partnership!


2019 Festival Summary

TTMF19 saw over 12,500 visitors enjoying a fantastic day of original, live music all over Thame!

The Songwriters’ Workshop Friday 12th July, Thame Oxon 

The Songwriters’ Competition - Friday 12th July, 19:30–22:30, Christchurch, Thame Oxon

The competition was followed by a private gig with Luke Concannon

The Classical Concert - Friday 12th July, 19:30 – 21:30 St. Mary’s Church, Thame Oxon

The Festival - Saturday 13th July 12:00 – 23:00, over 60 bands and 12 venues, all over Thame, Oxon

There was also a Photography Exhibition at Thame Museum from Saturday 13th Juy 2019. This was a curated exhibition of photographs from previous Thame Town Music Festivals.

About the Festival

The inaugural Thame Town Music Festival (TTMF) was held in July 2017 and attracted an estimated 8,000 visitors to Thame over the course of the day.  The main stage audience reached a maximum of 2,500 during the performance by Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) at 20:00.  TTMF18 expanded the scope of the festival to include a classical concert, a songwriters' competition and a music industry convention aimed at supporting and educating musicians to help them understand how the music business works, make useful contacts, network with peers and gain advice on advancing their musical careers.  An estimated 9,500 people enjoyed fantastic live music throughout Thame closing with an amazing set from the headline act, Dr Feelgood.

We believe

Original, live music is an important part of our cultural life.  We see the creation of music as giving a voice to expression and a source of joy.  We believe it is our role to try and help musicians and artists to be able to bring their music to as wide an audience as they can. We believe there are many talented artists working in specific, non-mainstream genres, with very limited budgets in regional areas who we can help through creating performance opportunities and introducing them to a supportive infrastructure and appropriate advice and introductions in the music industry.

Principles of organisation

We remain committed to the principles initiated in 2017 namely:

  1. We will treat everyone as we would wish to be treated
  2. We will do each task as well as we can
  3. We focus on music, particularly original and authentic music.

Objectives of TTMF

  • An annual event which attracts new and established musical artists which supports new and original music and musicians.
  • A high quality, authentic, friendly and supportive musical experience with clear differentiation from other small festivals
  • To further enrich the cultural life and reputation of Thame as a vibrant, diverse, and enthusiastic community and to support the local economy and small retail businesses particularly Thame High Street
  • To give artists a platform to perform in a quality setting to a supportive and engaged audience
  • To continue the First Thursday Music Club mission of promoting live music performance in Thame

The First Thursday Music Club

Thame Town Music Festival is organised by the First Thursday Music Club which started in 2010 with the objective of giving unknown and inexperienced musicians and artists a chance to perform in front of a live supportive audience. Our belief is that 15 minutes playing in front of people is worth a week practicing in your bedroom.  Over the last 8 years we have showcased over 700 acts to a combined audience of over 10,000.  We have gone on to host stages at Towersey Festival and Beaconfest.  In 2017 we started out own multi venue, multi genre Town based festival in Thame, Oxfordshire and attracted over 8,000 visitors to see 58 acts across 9 venues.


The event is funded through sponsorship, grants (Thame Town Council), venue and stall fees, advertising and merchandising revenue.It is organised by the First Thursday Music Club limited on behalf of Thame Town Music Festival CIC which is a non-profit making Community Interest Company limited by guarantee and run by unpaid volunteers.