Supporting grassroots music since 2006
Oxfam has a rich musical history, dating back to 1963 when John, Paul, George and Ringo supported Oxfam’s Hunger Million Campaign at the height of Beatlemania. The Rolling stones also got involved the following year by donating a guitar to our Christmas appeal.
Fast forward to 2006 and Oxfam hosted its first ever music festival – Oxjam. With the aim of creating a network of music-loving people across the UK and raising money to fight poverty and suffering around the world, Oxjam has gone on to host more than 60,000 musicians playing to an audience of 1.5 million people.
It has also seen a host of high profile artists and names lend their support, with the likes of Metronomy, Annie Mac, Four Tet, Simian Mobile Disco, Ghostpoet and Boxed In having all performed at Oxjam launch events.
We’re also dedicated to providing a platform for unsigned up-and-coming bands too, and over the years have built a reputation for breaking bands into mainstream consciousness. See below for some notable alumni.
Foals, Everything Everything, Young Fathers, Drenge, Nai Harvest, Afrikan Boy, The Sherlocks, Esther Joy, Mystery Jets, Slow Club, Tall Ships, Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip, Is Tropical, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, NZCA Lines, Benga, O.Children, Example, Declan Mckenna, Little Smiz, Dry The River, Slow Club, Joy Orbison, Misty Miller, Throwing Shade (Nabihah Iqbal), Jane Weaver, Sundara Karma, My Panda Shall Fly, Abe Vigoda
Everything Everything played Oxjam Manchester in 2006 and have since gone on to headline festivals across the globe, releasing four albums and picking up Mercury and Ivor Novello nominations in the process. Bassist Jeremy Pritchard said: “If we hadn’t had the opportunity to perform on small stages earlier on, we would not be where we are now. Just by going to an Oxjam gig you are helping keep your music scene alive, whilst spotting new music and supporting the vital work that Oxfam does.”
“It’s a great feeling playing to an intimate audience. After touring in bigger venues, sometimes it’s nice connecting with a smaller audience where you can see the whites of their eyes and feel a unique type of energy. Oxjam is an amazing experience to be involved in, truly” – Ghostpoet