Acts including Eliza Doolittle, 2manydjs, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Skream, NYPC, Dry The River, Chad Valley, Fuse ODG, Chloe Howl, Roosevelt, Josephine, Kindness, Zero 7 (DJ Set), and Jessie Ware-producer Dave Okumu from The Invisible will launch the month-long Oxjam Music Festival from Monday 23rd until Thursday 26th September with a series of exclusive performances in London to launch the seventh year of UK's biggest charity music festival.
For the first time in five years, these gigs move away from an Oxfam shop floor to a completely new location. By night, a unique loft space in Shoreditch will be transformed into a gig venue, hosting intimate performances for a handful of lucky fans, and tickets are on general sale today.Venue details will be revealed a week before the gigs, with money raised through sales going towards Oxfam's work.
The confirmed line-up announced, is:
Monday 23 Sept: Dry the River, Roosevelt, Josephine, plus support
Tuesday 24 Sept: Eliza Doolittle, Fuse ODG, Chloe Howl, plus support
Wednesday 25 Sept: 2manydjs, NYPC (formerly New Young Pony Club), Chad Valley Dave Okumu
Thursday 26 Sept: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs b2b Skream, Kindness and Zero 7 (DJ Set).
Tickets for these exclusive one-off performances cost £15 and all profits go to Oxfam's lifesaving work around the world.
These four gigs mark the launch of the Oxjam music festival; 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, 6,000 musicians and 180,000 audience members will enable Oxjam to raise at least £400,000 for Oxfam’s important work around the world.
The highlights of the month-long festival will no doubt be the Oxjam Takeovers, a series of city-wide mini-festivals taking place in 60 locations across the UK, from Shetland to Plymouth, on the weekend of 19th - 20th October. During the weekend, some 2500 bands and acts will perform to an audience of more than 60,000. In addition, for the first year ever music is taking over the shop network with selected Oxfam shops across the UK encouraging people to buy and donate music, all of this helping the charity raise money, through music.
Oxjam Takeover events will take place in the following locations:
London: Brixton, Chiswick, Clapham, Croydon, Kingston, Notting Hill, Peckham, Shepherds Bush, Islington, Shoreditch, Dalston, Kilburn
South East: Brighton, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Norwich, Cambridge, Luton, Colchester, Bedford, Reading, Oxford, Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Milton Keynes, Didcot
South West: Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Cheltenham, Bournemouth, Plymouth, Torquay, Exeter
Wales: Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen
Midlands: Birmingham, Lichfield, Stoke on Trent, Shrewsbury, Beeston, Mansfield, Leicester, Lincoln
North: Huddersfield, Sheffield, Manchester, Bury, Liverpool, Lancaster, Newcastle, Sunderland, Bradford, Leeds
Scotland: Shetland, Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Aberdeen
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.
Eliza Doolittle, speaking about the gig, said, "I love playing intimate gigs, being so close to the audience makes it a really unforgettable experience, even more so when the purpose of the gig is to help raise awareness of something as brilliant as Oxjam. This 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.”
2manydjs, commented, “We've found a fair few records in Oxfam shops around the UK, so have been in some way or another supporting the charity for years! But this is our first time playing an Oxjam gig and we want to encourage people across the country to get involved in the festival and buy records at their local Oxfam."
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