Diana Vickers,Gabriella Cilmi, Johnny Borrell, and The Charlatans

tickets on sale today for secret London Oxfam shop gigs for Oxjam

published: Thu 2nd Sep 2010

Diana Vickers

Friday 1st to Sunday 31st October 2010
various locations around the UK, UK
varies - depending on event
last updated: Thu 7th Oct 2010

Stars including Diana Vickers, Gabriella Cilmi, Razorlight's Johnny Borrell, The Horrors' Tom Furse, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Pearl and the Puppets, Four Tet and The Charlatans will launch the month-long Oxjam Music Festival from Monday 27th September with a series of exclusive, intimate performances in a specially-converted Oxfam shop in London.

Diana Vickers
The shows, which be limited to just 200 audience members per night, run from Monday 27th September to Thursday 30th September, and tickets will go on general sale from Friday 3rd September. Many more acts are still to be confirmed for this unique series of gigs in a charity shop.

A London Oxfam shop will stage a series of exclusive, intimate performances, among the books and clothing on the shop floor itself to launch the charity's month-long Oxjam music festival.

The Oxfam shop in London, whose location remains a secret until the week of the gigs, will become an Oxjam shop for the week, selling the best second-hand music in the city during the day. During the evening, it will be converted into a gig venue, playing host to these intimate performances in front of a just a handful of fans lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket.

The confirmed line-up so far, with more to be added, is: Monday 27 September: The Charlatans (plus special guest Tom Furse from The Horrors), dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip plus more TBC. Hosted by BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens.
Tuesday 28 September: Diana Vickers, Gabriella Cilmi, Pearl & The Puppets
Wednesday 29 September: Johnny Borrell plus more TBC
Thursday 30 September: Four Tet plus more TBC

Tickets to the shows will be limited to less than 200 per night, and will go on sale from 9am today. To buy tickets click here. Tickets for these exclusive one-off performances cost £25 and all profits go to Oxfam's lifesaving work around the world.

The charity shop gigs officially launch the Oxjam month of music, which runs through the whole of October. During October, more than 950 venues, 2,000 volunteers, 6,000 bands and musicians and 135,000 audience members will enable Oxjam to raise £500,000 to help Oxfam fight poverty. Oxjam is a festival with a difference: thousands of fundraising music events are put on by ordinary people - from large-scale festivals to local sponsored busks - making it the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK.

To find out what Oxjam events are going on in your area this October, visit www.oxfam.org.uk/oxjam or call 0300 200 1255.

Former X-Factor star Diana Vickers, who headlines Tuesday night's Oxfam shop show, said, "Oxfam shops have always been one of my favourite places to hunt for a bargain, so to be performing in one will be a thrill for me. The best thing, though, is that everyone who takes part ? from singers like me to musicians, promoters and audience members ? is the real star of Oxjam. It's exciting to think that anyone can get involved and every single gig will help to raise loads of money to change lives around the world."

Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, whose new band performs on Wednesday night, said, "Playing intimate shows up close to the audience is very important to me, and to do it in an Oxfam shop will be very special. Our gig is only the beginning of a movement of thousands of gigs, club nights and events right across the country, all raising money to fight poverty."

The highlight of the month-long festival will be the Oxjam Takeover, a series of city-wide mini-festivals taking place in 31 locations across the UK, from Aberdeen to Bournemouth, on the weekend of 23 and 24 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.

Faithless will perform at one of the highlights of the volunteer-organised events, with a special show on 1 October at the Coronet in London, supported by a cast of dance music stars.

Since 2006, more than 36,000 musicians have played to an audience of over 750,000 people at almost 3,000 Oxjam events, raising in excess of £1.2 million to fight poverty around the world. Oxjam 2010 is expected to take the total past £1.5 million, enough to buy safe water for 1.6 million people, 750,000 bags of seeds or 60,000 goats.

Friday 1st to Sunday 31st October 2010
various locations around the UK, UK
varies - depending on event
last updated: Thu 7th Oct 2010


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