Oxjam Kick Off
Oxjam Music Festival launched last week with a talent-frenzied bang that saw a series of sold-out, intimate gigs illuminate the heart of Shoreditch. A unique and cosy loft space above an old rail station was transformed into an atmospheric live music venue for a handful of lucky fans each night, complete with pop-up stage and bar hosted by cocktail-demons Soulshakers. Night 1 saw rousing folk-rockers Dry the River, psych-rock group Gentlemen, and Mancunian soul-pop chanteuse Josephine. Night 2, hosted by BBC Radio 1 queen Gemma Cairney and The Fox Problem, brought urban-pop diva Eliza Doolittle, afrobeats rising star Fuse ODG, a DJ set from brooding urbanite Ghostpoet, pop darling Chloe Howl and a cappella collective The Magnets (complete with surprise performance from Ollie Locke). Night 3, hosted by BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, delivered euphoric poptronica from Blessing Force mainstay Chad Valley, alt-electronic tunes from NYPC, a DJ set from the ineffable The Invisible, and a set from anthemic dancefloor royalty 2manydjs. Acting as a fitting finale, the last night upped the ante with major league DJ sets from Zero 7, Holy Ghost! and Psychemagik, before Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs brought the week to a close b2b with Juan Maclean.
Oxfam‘s seventh annual music festival will continue throughout October with hundreds of great music events popping up all over the UK, all organised by volunteers raising money for the life-changing work they do across the globe. We couldn’t think of a worthier project to lend our event-producing hands to… a big shout out to all the Oxjammers across the UK getting ready to spread the word over the coming months. High-fives all round.
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