Oxjam Sessions: Everything Everything
Oxjam’s massive month of music started earlier than usual this year, as both our Hackney and Manchester teams held amazing festivals over the weekend. Both were a great success and helped introduce us and their respective communities to the best in local, grassroots musical talent. To celebrate, we also released details of some very special events coming your way over the next few weeks, with the likes of Annie Mac, Metronomy, Into The Ark, and Marika Hackman all performing.
It started though with a secret show in our Canterbury shop with indie heavyweights Everything Everything. They took take time out from their By The Sea preparations (where they were headlining the festival at Dreamland in Margate that evening) to play a special Oxjam Session for us and treat fans to as intimate a performance as they will ever likely see in a tiny, packed Oxfam shop.
Eight years ago Everything Everything performed as an unsigned act at Oxjam Manchester, and so we were delighted to have the Mercury Nominated band return to support Oxjam with this very special show, and perform a set that included fan favourites “MY KZ, UR BF”, “Distant Past” and “Run The Numbers”. They are proof that the best-selling festivals headliners are today’s grassroots acts. As bassist Jeremy Pritchard said: “Oxjam Music Festival really supports local music. Local venues gave us the platform to practice, find our sound and get noticed in our area. 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.”
Thanks to all those who came out and supported Oxjam 2017 and make this a special event. For those who missed it, here’s a gallery and video from the day . Don’t forget to find your nearest event and be part of this year’s nationwide festival.