Oxfam’s nation-wide music festival kicked off with an almighty bang last week, marking the ninth year of OXJAM with a launch at Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel, curated by industry polymath and BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. Soul-baring disco-pop sensation Indiana kicked off proceedings, riling up the crowd for Nottingham’s architect of sun-drenched, percussive tunes, Bipolar Sunshine. Effervescent poptronic duo The Ting Tings headlined, playing their first live UK show for their third album ‘Super Critical’, and delivering a mix of classics and new material, before the night came to a close with a set from Maribou State b2b Pedestrian. Big thanks to BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and Phil Taggart, manned the decks in between sets.
Yet again we were thrilled to work with Oxfam on such an important cause, kickstarting hundreds of music events across the country put on by volunteers with a passion for music, all raising money for charity. Throughout October, more than 800 venues, 6,000 volunteers, 5,500 musicians and 180,000 audience members will help Oxjam to raise at least £350,000 for Oxfam’s important work around the world. The highlights of this month-long festival will be the Oxjam Takeovers, a series of city-wide mini-festivals taking place in 55 locations across the UK, on the weekend 18th/19th October. During this weekend, some 2750 bands and acts will perform to an audience of more than 60,000.
To find out what Oxjam events are going on in your area this October, visit www.oxfam.org.uk/oxjam