Oxjam Sessions: Annie Mac
Annie Mac: For over a decade now these have been two words synonymous with dance music. A household name who’s used to broadcasting her legendary Radio One show to millions of avid listeners across the UK and beyond, it’s fair to say that Annie is something of a legend. And over the weekend, at an intimate #OxjamSession in our Manchester Emporium store, she leant her support to Oxjam 2017 and totally brought the roof down.
With the Manchester festival team doing a superb job the previous weekend in bringing Oxjam to the northern quarter, the city was treated once again to what was quite frankly, an unmissable set. Come 4pm, the Oxfam Emporium on Oldham street was totally packed out with Oxjammers from all across the city, waiting for Annie to take to the decks and keep the Oxjam party going. The shop had previously hosted the awesome Mr Jukes for an exclusive #OxjamSession too, and so by now the amazing volunteers who work in store are probably quite accustomed to having high profile musicians walk in, turning the shop into a makeshift music venue.
Needless to say Annie didn’t disappoint, playing a set littered with dance, r’n’b and soul classics and getting the whole shop throwing some pretty impressive shapes. Highlights included a mass conga through the shop to Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al”, an epic dance-off, culminating in Annie Mac making a really generous donation to Oxjam 2017, and one very happy parent, introducing their 3 month old baby to Oxjam. In fact, I think they might just count as our youngest ever festival-goer.
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