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Oxjam will be UK's biggest festival (October 2006)

Franz Ferdinand

Story by Jack Foley

OXFAM is to organise “the UK’s biggest ever music festival” in October in support of its continuing global work.

The Oxjam event has been scheduled for October when it is hoped that 2,500 music events will be staged to raise money for Oxfam.

High profile acts such as Fraz Ferdinand (pictured), The Kaiser Chiefs and Goldfrapp have already pledged their support for the idea that’s designed to keep up the momentum of major events such as Live 8.

In a statement of support, Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs, explained: “Whether it’s shaking a tambourine for hours, dancing till the break of dawn or forming a band on the spot. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. Please sign up and make a noise.”

Goldfrapp’s Alison Goldfrapp added: “We are playing lots of big festivals across Europe this summer but Oxjam is different, it’s a month long music festival where anyone can join in.

“Anyone can be part and help make poverty history through making some good noise.”

The event is being described by the charity as “31 days in October, jam packed with new music”.

A spokesman for Oxfam stated: “We’re asking musicians, promoters – in fact, everyone – to put on all kinds of music events during October to raise money for Oxfam.

“Classical, club night, mambo and metal, it’ll add up to one huge, UK-wide, Oxjam festival – raising thousands of pounds to fight poverty.”

For further information and to register an interest in taking part, click here