Formed in early 2019, Down Not Out are a pop-punk four piece from Cheltenham/Worcester. DNO are led by front woman Jo who also plays lead guitar. Jo is joined by Char on rhythm guitar, Amy on bass and Ryan on drums. Down Not Out delivers a fun and upbeat experience with every listen but their songs often have deeper meanings. The very name signifies the band’s belief that nobody should ever give up fighting for what they believe in or for what they feel is right. The band draw inspiration from the early 2000 alt rock / pop-punk scene and bring this high tempo and angsty energy into each performance. Being music lovers themselves, the relationship the band have with their fans is a huge factor in why they do what they do and always try to give as much back as possible. DNO fight for the underdog and their music is for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t fit in.


Jo Oliver Down Not Out singer songwriter vocals lead guitar

Jo Oliver

Vocals • Lead Guitar

Jo has always adored music. Her first performance came at the age of two in front of a packed dentist waiting room somewhere in Birmingham when she sang a one-woman rendition of Hakuna Matata and has been making people listen to her sing (willingly and unwillingly) ever since. She always unknowingly loved pop punk and alternative music, gravitating to Blink-182 on her sister’s NOW! CDs and the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtracks. This was closely followed by the discovery of My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and Paramore and thus began her everlasting emo phase. Jo spent many years honing her songwriting skills, indulging in genres from the obvious pop punk to country and folk inspired. In her free time Jo’s other interests include photography/videography, video games, cooking/baking and reading.

  • Favourite Bands: Fall Out Boy and Paramore
  • Favourite Song: Fall Out Boy - I’ve Got A Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth
  • First Concert: Paramore, Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall, 2007
  • Guilty Pleasure: I don’t really feel guilty about my eclectic tastes
  • Interesting Fact: I was part of a crowd recording for an Aardman film

It’s not about forcing happiness, it’s about not letting sadness win.

Dan Campbell, The Wonder Years - Local Man Ruins Everything

Char Lewis

Rhythm Guitar

Charlotte began playing pots and pans when she was a child and her mum knew from a young age she was going to enjoy making noise. Despite being the tallest member of the band at 6'3" she is not the basketball player she likes to imagine she is, and can be found in her spare time playing video games and dancing with her dogs in front of the mirror to 90's pop ballads. Char can play the drums and bass and has been playing the guitar for the last 6 years striving to be like her idols. Char takes inspiration for her guitar playing from bands such as Green Day and All Time Low and is hugely inspired by Brendon Urie.

  • Favourite Bands: Green Day & Panic! At The Disco
  • Favourite Song: Green Day - Still Breathing
  • First Concert: Slam Dunk Festival 2013 Wolverhampton
  • Guilty Pleasure: Cher (I'm not even ashamed)
  • Interesting Fact: I have 3 separate rings of colour in my eyes

Music is the soundtrack to every good and bad time we will ever have.

Alex Gaskarth
Char Lewis Down Not Out guitarist rhythm guitar
Amy Penny Down Not Out bassist bass guitar

Amy Penny

Bass Guitar

Amy first starting playing bass in secondary school in order to compete with a friend, and it quickly became her favourite pastime. While she also enjoys some harder rock, she always finds herself drawn back into the world of pop-punk - growing up on such bands as All Time Low, My Chemical Romance and You Me at Six. As well as bass, she also plays acoustic guitar and occasionally breaks out the ukulele. Outside of music, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, playing video games and watching Netflix trash!

  • Favourite Bands: My Chemical Romance and Avenged Sevenfold
  • Favourite Song: The Pretty Reckless - Goin' Down
  • First Concert: My Chemical Romance - 2011
  • Guilty Pleasure: 80’s disco
  • Interesting Fact: I taught English in China for 6 months

It's better to be hated for what you are, than loved for what you're not.

Kurt Cobain

Ryan Stewart

Drums • Backing Vocals

Ryan started playing drums in 2018 after years of writing music and performing as a vocalist. A part time law enthusiast and a full time nerd, Ryan works in law and spends his free time either playing sports, video games or sports video games. Ryan truly believes that New Found Glory are the pioneers of pop-punk and Dave Grohl is his hero. He also plays guitar and bass.

  • Favourite Band: New Found Glory
  • Favourite Song: Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue
  • First Concert: New Found Glory, Nottingham Rock City circa 2003
  • Guilty Pleasure: Bastille (Dan Smith)... just because the rest of my Spotify is all pop-punk
  • Interesting Fact: I once had a top 100 comedy podcast on iTunes

You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons

Dave Grohl
Ryan Stewart Down Not Out drummer drums