The Oxjam charity music festival is coming to Chester in October, with a range of  local acts performing to help raise money for Oxfam’s fight against poverty. Oxjam events take place all over the country, run and organised by volunteers who know and love their local music scene.  Since the first Oxjam in 2006, more than 55,000 musicians have played to over 1.35 million people at around 5,100 Oxjam events nationwide. Oxjam has raised more than £2.5 million in total for Oxfam: enough money to buy 100,000 goats or provide safe water for 1,500 schools.

Last years event was a big success, with over 70 artists performing . David Weir, one of the team of dedicated volunteers told me how he got involved:  “After studying at the University of Chester and graduating in Popular Music Performance I stumbled across the fantastic  opportunity to work with Oxjam online one evening. After a series of meetings, myself and a team of close friends were off to conferences to learn about Oxfam’s incredible impact worldwide and discovering how we can fundraise whilst supporting and celebrating our local music scene. ” A range of events have already taken place this year : in June students from the university’s Popular Music Performance course launching the fundraising at Alexanders.  The “24 Hour Big Busk” took place at various sites around the city centre on the 31 July/1 Aug. A core team of six performing twenty four hours of non stop music and raised over £1000. Finally the bandstand takeover over the weekend of 8/9th August with ten artists entertaining visitors to the riverside. “So far we’ve raised over £1500 for Oxfam and as the Oxjam Chester Takeover Festival approaches we hope to double that figure!” says David.

Coming up in October:

 Girls Rock Night  @ Cellar Bar – Saturday 3rd October 
 Downstairs at the Cellar Bar with performances from Liverpool’s ‘Indigo Moon’ and ‘Katie and I’  alongside local Chester trio, Peaness . There will also be a short presentations about the ongoing work women do behind the scenes worldwide for Oxfam. (£4 / £3 students)
Broken 3 Ways will be at Telfords
Oxjam Official Festival Launch Night @ Telford’s Warehouse – Friday 16thOctober 
The Galactic Funk Militia, Broken 3 Ways and Lyons & La Zel will launch the takeover festival with “hot funk and raw Ska punk” promising to ” devastate the party goers at Telford’s”, in a good way.  (Free before 9pm, £4 afterwards / Donations encouraged)
Oxjam Chester Takeover Festival – Saturday 17th October – Across Chester City Centre
Tickets: £6 / £5 for students (with student ID) – Alexander’s / The Commercial / Ye Olde Kings Head / The Lock Keeper
The  multi-venue, multi-arts festival will take place from the 2pm – 7pm (our ‘Family Fun Day) with local acts of all genres entertaining festival goers, then from 7pm onwards the event will be strictly 18+ for our main events. Acts on the bill include Mersey Wylie, Paddy Clegg, Green Room, Carl Foulkes Jones, and The Drive. The ticket box office will be at Alexander’s :
 For more info about Oxjam :
With thanks to David Weir

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