Now that the improv jazz solo of Oxjam’s opening extravaganza is over, the country’s biggest music festival settles into a smooth 4/4 groove for the second week. The focus shifts away from the basement of Dalston’s Oxfam – where the likes of Norman Cook and Jarvis Cocker entertained the sweaty masses – to the festival’s meat ‘n gristle, namely, the laying on of fantastic nights by enthusiastic music-loving promoters all working hard to reach Oxjam’s £1 million fundraising goal.
These events look particularly worthy of your hard-earned spending money:
- Oxjam Live at the Marquee Club: The legendary venue, in its new Covent Garden surroundings, plays host to a night of indie-rock from the obligatory definite-articled bands (The Torn, The Velcros, The Fins) and tops it off with a performance by jerk-sauce toting, reggae-loving Renaissance man Levi Roots.
- Oxjam @ Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes : The Lanes is already one of Londonist’s favourite nightspots, so any excuse to get yourself down there should be snapped up. If you’ve never tried it out, this is the perfect opportunity. Friends Of The Bride, Chauffeur Driven Aviator and Little B are all performing.
- A more cerebral night is on offer at The Princess Alexandra in Crouch End, where the Oxjam Quiz Night will be teasing and tickling the minds of north London’s more confident musos. Prizes courtesy of the Oxfam shop on Park Road, N8.
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