Music Preview: Oxjam Festival 2011

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Music Preview: Oxjam Festival 2011

Over 20 unique gigs and club nights are taking place across London throughout October as part of Oxfam’s annual Oxjam music festival. Bound by a love of music and fundraising, volunteers are booking and promoting local musicians, DJs and comedians across London to raise money for the charity.

Now it its fifth year Oxjam has already raised over £1.5 million for Oxfam, with an aim this year to achieve £350,000 nationally. But those expecting typical indie gigs in sweaty venues should think again - previous Oxjam events have taken place at the super club Matter in the O2, and even on the top of Ben Nevis!

Oxjam 2011 got going with a series of gigs in the converted Oxfam shop in Dalston featuring performances by Fat Boy Slim, 2011 Mercury Prize nominee Ghost Poet and Suede’s Brett Anderson. We saw wonderfully intimate performances amongst the vintage shoes and CDs by Benjamin Francis Leftwich and rising star Gabrielle Aplin.

The highlight of London’s events are the Oxjam Takeovers, a series of gigs across multiple venues in a specific area with one wristband giving access to all events - think the Camden Crawl or Stag and Dagger festivals. This year’s Takeover locations include Stoke Newington, Brixton, Shepherds Bush, Chiswick and many more locations, each featuring the cream of the area's grassroots artists.

Volunteers book all the artists and venues themselves, with training and advice from high profile industry professionals including Live Nation and The Academy Group available to promoters.
 Oxjam Manager, Nick Bryer, said, “it's local promoters who know their area and its artists that really matter and it’s this grassroots approach which makes Oxjam such a success.”

As well as the Oxjam Takeover events one-off gigs and club nights are taking place across London with all music tastes covered, including Jazz nights, Techno events, and of course some indie gigs in sweaty venues. We've identified three events reflecting Oxjam’s diversity, but there are plenty more taking place near you. Events can be found through the Oxjam site:

Stoke Newington Takeover - October 22.

Artists include the XFM John Kennedy supported Kat Vipers: A genre hopping Hackney artist with a bleepy Keyboard. At Jack and the Box, the 1Xtra showcased, and Rinse FM DJ, Shox, brings dubby electro to the Takeover. More details available through the Stoke Newington Takeover website. Tickets £5.

Lockside Lounge, Camden, Dance and Tecno DJs - October 8

DJs include Chris Stanford (Jaded / Lost Souls) Ben Gomori (Data Transmission Round-up) Sam Hedworth & Darren Lee Fenton (Motion) Milton (Electronic Sessions / Do Not Disturb). £5 donation on the door, doors 8pm. Lockside Lounge is at 84-87 West Yard, Camden Lock Place NW1 8AF.

Bread and Roses Clapham, Comedy Club - October 6
Comedy from: Howard Read - CBBC's Little Howard's Big Question , Ellie Taylor - ITV's Show Me The Funny, Tommy Rawson, Matthew Giffen, Stu Turner, with resident hosts Leanne Scott & Sion James plus free lollypops. Tickets £7 adv, £9 on the door. Doors 7.30pm. The Bread and Roses is at 68 Clapham Manor Street SW4 6DX.

Oxjam takes place throughout October at various venues throughout London. Details of events near you can be found here.

By Dave Newbury

Last Updated 29 September 2011


Nice post, Dave. And particularly useful given how clunky the Oxjam website is. Finding it really hard to see what's on when.


A quick plug for Oxjam Walthamstow on October the 19th:
Its at The Standard Music Venue (as featured in Inbetweeners) which is due to close in 7 weeks after 25 years. Featuring an eclectic mix of live music from spoken word, indie, soul and pop for the bargain price of 36.

of an eleven night run of his solo show at Camden’s Roundhouse, the
highly acclaimed PolarBear leads the line up.  From the London
Literature Festival, feature length spoken word pieces and regular
appearances on BBC Radio 1, 3, 4 & 6, Steven Camden aka PolarBear
plots a charming path between hip-hop and spoken word. "You must go and listen to this man's work" John Hillcock, XFM

Melting Ice Caps - Tales of love, loss and betrayal.Barbarossa aka James Mathe, blessed with a gorgeous voice and a
knack for tying lovely melodies to melancholic lo-fi electronics, . "a voice to die for and
tunes to kill for" - Scotland On Sunday
Akira The Don was
formally signed to Interscope records and has just released his Stephen
Hague produced 2nd LP "the Life Equation".

Oxjam Islington

Just a quick plug for the first Oxjam Islington Takeover on 22nd October 2011 at the following venues, The Islington Assembly Hall, The Library, The Hope & Anchor, The Kings Head Theatre Pub, The Slug & Lettuce, The Wenlock & Essex and The Old Queens Head.

As well as interactive dance lessons and workshops in the Assembly Hall, Acts include Matt Stevens, The Jude, Bow Street Revolt, My Preserver, Troubadour Rose, The Bookhouse Boys, Sweetie Pie & The Guttermen, Akayzia, Allen Smith, Andi Fraggs, Goat Patrol, Huw Price, JD Smith, Ramirez, Rhino & The Ranters, Swing Patrol, Venice Ahoy, Vintage Fly Crew, Louisubsole & Breezy Lee, The Winter Olympics, The Superficial, The Good Suns, Ae-mess, Sister Mary & The Choir Boys, Xsara, Victor Talking Machine, The Twisted Hearts, The Tomorrow Men, The Institute of Modern Love, The Standards, Shake The Belly, Elliot Mason, Static Plan, King with no Throne, Andrew McKay, Antonio Lepore, Halcyon Heart, HPM, Antoine Jarette, M.O.T, Nukebnana, Haywire Saint, Burlesque from Aurora Galore, Lady Cave, Queen V, Asahi Lashes, VJ Spankie, Ambellina Dreamer plus many more acts to be announced along with a very special guest!

Find out more and buy your tickets now:

Money raised from the Takeover will go towards helping Oxfam fight poverty through their emergency response work, development projects and campaigns for change.

Oxjam Chiswick

And don't forget Oxjam Chiswick either!

Iron Maiden’s very own lead singer Bruce Dickinson is set to open the
Oxjam Chiswick mini-music festival at the festival’s flagship venue The Hogarth
Health Club on Saturday 22nd October 2011.  


Oxjam Chiswick’s line up’s appeal lies in its diversity. From rock to folk, indiepop to rockabilly, and acoustic to hip
hop, a whole spectrum of musical genres are represented with
access via one wristband ticket giving access to the entire mini-festival from
midday to midnight.


The action will be spread across six Chiswick venues: The Gunnersbury,
The Old Packhorse, The Barley Mow and The George IV which represent Chiswick’s
pubs, the latter being the under-18s venue. Recently joined by the exclusive Soho
House Group’s West London venue, High Road House, and the world music venue for
the evening the Hogarth Health Club, music fans will move between
all venues via the Hayes FM double decker bus which will be showcasing acoustic
acts en-route


Acts include the nationally renowned vocalists Charlotte Kelly, who
has sung with the legendary Soul2Soul, and Sophie Barker - a singer best known
for her work with Groove Armada and the British downtempo group Zero 7. She is
a co-writer of the latter band’s biggest hit, ‘Destiny’, and sings the song
alongside fellow vocalist Sia Furler. Barker also co-wrote and provided vocals
for songs on the Zero 7 album ‘Simple Things’, which has sold more than one
million copies worldwide, and she is currently touring and promoting her new
double A-side single ‘A Forest/Say Goodbye’. Anoushka Lucas, who has
been so popular at earlier Oxjam Chiswick events; family guys ‘The FastLane Roogalators’;
and Irish band ‘The Geri-Patricks’, whose song sheets guarantee a sing-along,
will also be amongst the sixty performers.

On the day tickets are available in limited numbers at all venues for £12.00 each. Visit for more details.


Don't forget The Oxjam Camberwell Takeover which will now be happening across 7 great venues (Recreation
Ground, the Tiger, the Grand Union, the Phoenix, The Crooked Well, Club
Couture and The Joiner’s Arms; each hosting a programme of music, stand
up, comedy and dance - from soul to rock and everything in between.

include The Mouth of Ghosts, Glyphs, After The Ice, Sonenia & the
Soul, The Stow, The Fanclub, Rachel Collins, The
Vibe-A-Deliks, A Little Bird Told Me, The Gits, Mama Dakas, Rokhsan,
East Road, Ruby & The Vines, Speaker Sleeper, Erik Rutterford, The
Rockets, Future Groove, Eloya, Abigail Hardiman and a whole load more...

day starts at The Tiger (12pm); comedy kicks in at 2.30 at The
Recreation Ground (& includes Debra Jane Appleby, Max Dickins, Brown
& Corley) which at 8pm then hands over to local vinyl specialists
Rat Records, who'll be hosting a full DJ line up which includes their
residents Dominic Dawson, DJ Prophane, and local boy and on-u sound man,
Tony Thorpe (Moody Boyz). We will have a dedicated family area at The
Phoenix between 3 and 5pm where the kids can go crazy while the parents

Your ticket will be exchanged for a wristband on the day from The Tiger pub - this will gain access to all Oxjam Camberwell Takeover
Festival venues (subject to capacity of individual venues). Money
raised from the Takeover will go towards helping Oxfam fight poverty
through their emergency response work, development projects and
campaigns for change.

Check out our lineup
and follow our tweets @oxjamcamberwell

you can't make it, why not donate the price of a ticket (or whatever
you want!) on our just-giving page? Your support really does make a
difference and will help us smash our fundraising target.