Gappy Tooth Industries
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What is Gappy Tooth Industries?

Gappy Tooth Industries was formed in 2002 with the intention of promoting artists and encouraging creativity.

With our monthly showcase events we aim to provide an outlet for anyone wanting to perform or exhibit their material. No genre (or medium) is privileged within this space, in fact we endeavour to always juxtapose contrasting interests so as to present as varied a night as possible.

Anything is up for consideration providing it falls within boundaries of time, space and the law!

What's that supposed to mean?

We do this gig once a month and it has an odd line-up. "Come for the black metal, stay for the string quartet", that sort of thing. We very occasionally also have spoken word artists or other non-musical acts somewhere in the whirlwind of genres.

Why don't you do a normal night, like other promoters?

Because that's what other promoters do. No point doing anything unless you can justify it as essential, is there?

Sounds good, where is it?

Upstairs at The Wheatsheaf, Wheatsheaf Yard, Oxford. Link to Facebook Link to MySpace Show map

The Wheatsheaf is probably Oxford's best-loved small venue, and considered to be a treasure by the local music fraternity...and their bar is reasonably priced, too. They even serve a decent pint of Brakspear.

And when?

Our night happens on the last Saturday of every month. Doors are at 20.20, the first act usually starts at about 20.45, and we try to have it all done before 23.00, so everyone can get the last bus home, or retire to the downstairs bar for a final beer.

Because the last Saturday in December isn't a great day to be booking a gig, we skip that one. However, most years we end up putting together a Winter Warmer weekend festival earlier in December to compensate: the venue and nature of the event changes every year.

How much?

£4.50 on the door for our standard nights. Cheaper advance tickets are available. We try to keep the price down - we're one of the cheapest nights in the Wheatsheaf, and a darn sight cheaper than going to see some over-hyped guff at the Academy, eh. Blooming drinks costs a fortune there, too.

What do you do with all the vast profits?

Vast profits! Cute. But, anyway, GTI is a non-profit organisation, and once costs have been covered, the excess is shared equally amongst the performers.

Do you do guarantees?

Nope, what you see is what you get. We split all profit between the performers, but we don't guarantee any fixed sum, and we don't supply riders, or anything extra like that. And, yes, that means if nobody turns up to the gig you get nowt - our average door take is easily healthy enough to pay all the acts a good few quid, but fate can be a cruel mistress, so don't mortgage your house to come and perform!

Performers get a small guestlist, though.

What do I do if I want to get involved?

Just whisk us something to watch/listen to/experience so we can see what you get up to. Contact Us, or send us a good old fashioned demo CD (we always like that):

Gappy Tooth Industries
126 Balfour Rd

Absolutely any style is considered. We get tons of contacts though, so not everyone will get a gig, and even those who do wait a while as we always have a shortlist bubbling away, if that's not a hideously mixed image. Which it is. We tend to book our gigs three months in advance.

So, in short, if you contact us saying, "We want to play a gig on Thursday 12th next month, and all you need is to do is give us £300 and a lobster vindaloo each", we'll ignore it. So don't bother. We try to acknowledge every serious contact, however.

Do you put on acts from outside Oxford?

Yep. An average night will feature two acts from Oxfordshire, and one from beyond. We've had great performers from Australia, Canada, Germany and all over the place, as well as regular visitors from London, Birmingham, Bristol, and all points in between.

Can I play more than one gig?

No. We try never to repeat an act at our normal monthly events, to keep things fresh. Part of our mission to be Oxford's most exciting promoters, and all that. Individual performers have turned up in various outfits, though.

I have this thirty piece voodoo jazz harp ensemble...

Sounds great, frankly, but we might not fit you in The Wheatsheaf.

The spec of the venue is...


Approx 12m2

Allen & Heath Zed-24

DBX 1231 (FOH)
DBX 121 (Monitors)
Yamaha Q2031 (Monitors)

QSC EX 2500
QSC S3000
Cloud and Samson Amps powering Monitors

4 x Wembley Bass Bins 18" Subs (500W RMS each)
2 x 212B Mid tops (2 Way, 600W RMS, Frequency response (-3db) 45Hz -20KHz, Max SPL 127db)

TC Electronic M300 FX
4 x DBX 266XL Compressor/Gate

BSS FDS360 2 way Crossover

Various Mics including... Shure SM58, Shure SM57, Shure PG 56, Audix OM2, Audix OM7, Sennheiser E 604, AKG D112

Why don't you do a student discount?

We used to. But we'd get about one student every two months on average. So we stopped. Market forces, chum. It's a really cheap night out as it is, anyway.

I'm a photographer/engineer/PR genius/stage designer, can I get involved?

Probably not, but thanks for the interest. We have pretty much everything we need supplied by the GTI team or the Wheatsheaf. People have occasionally designed posters for us, so get in touch if you fancy that, but please note a) it'd be for your portfolio only, we can't pay you, and b) we only do black and white photocopies of posters at work when nobody is looking.

Gappy Tooth Industries is quite simply the greatest thing about Oxford music, and quite possibly the greatest entity in Oxford's long and glorious history

Yeah, sounds about right. Thanks for noticing. Obviously, we'd never have made such a claim ourselves, but seeing as it was you...

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