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Oxjam set to kick off month-long charity events


Story by Jack Foley

THE UK’s biggest music festival – Oxjam – is set to kick off this weekend (September 30/October 1) in support of Oxfam’s ongoing charitable work.

Acts like Kasabian, Scissor Sisters and Hot Chip have pledged their support for the charity event, which has so far involved more than 12,000 people organising musical stunts, record-breaking attempts and club nights, gigs and concerts across the country.

Over 1,000 events have been confirmed with an estimated £500,000 so far pledged for the charity’s work.

As part of their input, Kasabian have attempted to form a string quartet, while the likes of Scissor Sisters, Embrace, Hot Chip, De La Soul and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly have all announced live dates in support of it.

The Futureheads even went busking on the London Underground as part of their contribution.

Further events taking place throughout October include Buskathon, a 24-hour, non-stop busk being held simultaneously in 10 cities across the country, as well as a UK karaoke record attempt in Manchester.

In London, for example, rapidly-emerging band Riverstate will play the Plan B bar in Brixton on October 4, while DJ Biggg Paul is to host TOTALLY FUNKT for Oxjam at SIN on Friday, October 13.

The London Oxjam Grand Slam at ULU on October 22, meanwhile, is a massive concert featuring the cream of the UK’s unsigned bands (13 of them), plus 2 DJ’s and a hilarious compere.

Kicking off at noon, it boasts 11 hours of pure musical entertainment for anyone who can last that long!

Commenting on the support for Oxjam so far, Gareth Simpson, of Oxfam, said: “We see Oxjam as a kind of Live8 in your back garden – every single person who gets out there and gets involved is the real star of this festival.

“Together, we can all do our bit to fight poverty and enjoy some great new music at the same time.”

To find out what Oxjam events are taking place near you during October, visit the website or call 0870 850 6246.