Friday, 2 September 2011

UK's biggest ever charity music fest comes to Shepherd's Bush

This Halloween, DJ’s including Radio 1Xtra CJ Beatz, T4's Georgie Okell, Nigel Thomas (of The Foxes) and musicians Saint Saviour (ex Groove Armada), KAYA, BUIL_DINGS, Lifestyle Recordings, Instill, Avius, Animal Circus, The Little Pictures, Ros Coe Tanner, Rodney Culture and many more will be performing at The Defectors Weld, Walkabout, Raving Buddha, Vesbar, The Green Room and The Goldhawk as part of the UK’s biggest music festival – Oxjam. Coming to Shepherd’s Bush for the first time on Saturday 29th October, raising money for Oxfam’s work in fighting poverty and suffering around the world.

The Takeover, which I last reported on here, forms part of Oxjam’s month of music, which runs through the whole of October. Oxjam is a festival with a difference: thousands of fundraising music events are put on by ordinary people – from an intimate acoustic gig in a book shop to an epic night in a top London venue – making it the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK. Last year, more people attended an Oxjam event than went to Glastonbury.

Oxjam Shepherd’s Bush Takeover is aiming to raise £10,000 this October. I've seen some of their work first hand in Africa and Asia and I can assure you they do make a real difference.

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Georgina Marcantonio, who is marketing/organising the event, said:
“We’re really excited to be playing our part in making Oxjam Shepherd’s Bush Takeover part of a month-long musical celebration right across the country. Even more importantly, this event is all about showing that the best in local music can have a global impact too, so everyone who comes along and buys a ticket can rest assured that as well as having a great time, they’ll be helping to change lives around the world too.”
Daina Ashmore
During October, more than 800 venues, 11,000 volunteers, 9,000 bands and musicians and more than 200,000 audience members will enable Oxjam to raise at least £350,000 to help Oxfam fight poverty.

 Animal Circus
Since 2006, more than 40,000 musicians have played to an audience of over 800,000 people at over 3,000 Oxjam events, raising in excess of £1.5 million to fight poverty around the world. Oxjam 2011 is expected to take the total past £1.8 million, enough to buy safe water for 2 million people, 900,000 bags of seeds or 72,000 goats.

The highlight of the month-long festival will be the Oxjam Takeovers, a series of city-wide mini-festivals taking place in 33 locations across the UK, from Aberdeen to Bournemouth, at the end of October. During a single weekend, around 3,000 musicians will perform to an audience of more than 35,000, all raising money to help Oxfam fight poverty worldwide.

To keep tabs on Oxjam, visit or call 0300 200 1255. And in the meantime check out this act from Oxjam Brixton last year - and get the lyrics about the singer's locale!

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