This year, we have 37 passionate festival teams, taking over towns across the UK and putting on multi-venue festivals in October. Each festival is totally unique, but together they contribute to one massive line-up, making Oxjam the UK’s largest grassroots music festival.
Here’s the lowdown on our featured festivals, including artwork, lineups, venues, why you should go and where you can get tickets from. Don’t forget, you can also keep up to date by signing up for Oxjam news.
When? 13-14th October
Where is it? Friday evening opening party – Why not bar and lounge; Saturday daytime live music event – Aberystwyth Students Union concourse; Saturday afternoon Bierkeller – Rummers wine bar; Saturday evening main Event – Aberystwyth Students Union main room; Saturday night closing party – Pier Pressure
Who’s playing? On Friday we have a Jordan Richards DJ set, followed by local artists and headliners Lost Like Alice and Brenig on Saturday, with a genuine Oompah band at the Bierkeller. Saturday evening we have The Riff (who have a 6,000 strong following), Sound of Summer 2017 winners Soulhole, the Stangs and two great student bands – The Backers and Frozen Youths
What can people expect? A massive party, cheap drinks, Oxjam cocktails on sale for £2, everything reminiscent of Oktoberfest (beer, music, food etc), incredible live bands, more cheap drinks, glitter and cake, all for Oxjam.
Why should people go? To raise money for Oxjam, to support the newly created Aber University Oxjam Society, to discover some incredible upcoming artists and bands, to consume a large amount of alcohol (if you want!) and have a great time.
Where can people get tickets? Early bird discounted tickets for main event on sale now, less than 25 tickets left, at WeGotTickets
Any upcoming fundraisers? Freshers Fair on 25th September at Aber Students Union: Come and sign up to join our society currently consisting of over 30 members and become a volunteer for just £4. This money is split between our fundraising account for Oxfam and money that will be used to provide an after party as a thank you. Maybe you just want to chuck some money into our donation buckets or maybe you want to purchase a main event ticket? We have got you covered.
We also have an Oxjam open mic night on October 1st at Rummers wine bar and Oxjam on the Pier on October 7th with live acoustic singer songwriters outside of Snooker on the Pier. Both are free entry.
When? 7th October
Where is it? Taking place across three of Bath’s finest venues – The Bell Inn, The Nest & Moles.
Who’s playing? We have a huge range of artists covering a host of genres, everything from punk, metal, rock, indie, funk, reggae, blues and acoustic. Be sure to check out Jamma de Samba, a group of upbeat drummers who know how to put on a show – full of samba drumming and carnival flare, bringing the atmosphere straight from Rio de Janiero. Also, Verdisa, with their electric blend of rock, funk, reggae, blues and beyond. Headlining Moles is Empire, a five piece rock band from the South West of England, dubbed by Kerrang as ‘The best new voice in Rock!’.
What can people expect? Lots of amazing and varied music from great local talent, supported by the best local venues and businesses – all working together to make an unforgettable night.
Why should people go? You’ll be contributing to an amazing cause, helping people get the support and facilities they need!
Where can people get tickets? At WeGotTickets.
When? 14th October
Where is it? 17 venues in Beeston cluding The Star (headline sponsor), The Gallery at Bartons, White Lion, Hop Pole, Crown, The Berliner, Rye, The Malt Shovel, Bean Coffee Shop, Greenhoods, Rudyards, Chilwell Methodist Church (choir fest) and Beeston Parish Church (Operatic Arias)
Who’s playing? Mainly acoustic acts in the afternoon including folk, indie and folk-punk and choirs at the Methodist church; a variety of heavier acts after 6 pm(ticket/wristband required) covering a host of genres including punk, indie, heavy rock, ‘covers’, DJs, folk-rock; ‘operatic’ concert at the Parish Church from 7.30 (separate ticket required)
What can people expect? A fantastic range of music over 12 hours in a wide variety of venues: coffee bars, pubs and bars plus the iconic Bartons Bus Garage and two churches. We have nearly 100 acts performing for you.
Why should people go? This is now a fixture in the local community calendar – in fact, it is probably the BIGGEST event round this way! At £8 in advance it is a ridiculously cheap evening out and the quality and range of the music is stunning. And, of course, you will be contributing to the brilliant Oxfam.
Where can people get tickets? £8 each from Oxfam Books and Music on Beeston High Road, The Guitar Spot on Chilwell Road (‘Operatic’ tickets at £10/concessions) from John Kirk Hi-fi on Chilwell Road); all tickets available on line from WeGotTickets.
Any upcoming fundraisers? After the Takeover we have Classical Oxjam on 11 November at Beeston Parish Church and the Oxjam Ceilidh at The Royal British Legion Social Club on Friday 24 November.
When? 28th October
Where is it? Based mainly in The Triangle in Bournemouth across 7 venues including The Four Horsemen, Smokin’ Aces, Ojo Rojo, Eden, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Blue Line Studios and Chaplins & Cellar Bar in Boscombe.Who’s playing? Each venue will be hosting a different genre from americana to singer/songwriter, and indie/alternative to pop punk, plus an Oxjam Rising stage for local up and coming musicians. Headliners include Mother Ukers, Mikey Ball & The Company, Catch Fire, Hello Hawaii, Tara Flanagan, and Jonny Phillips.
What can people expect? This year we have a CRACKING lineup! With some of the best local talent, and some awesome bands from further afield (such as Germany!). Great tunes, fun vibes, and all for an amazing cause. There’s also some other fun activities like face painting, vintage clothes stalls, cake sales and… an appearance from the Dorset Ghostbusters!
We’re also brewing our own specially made Oxjam beer at Brewhouse & kitchen… mmmm, tastes like a good cause!
Why should people go? All proceeds are going straight to Oxfam, and for the chance to see 45 acts for £10 whilst helping others across the globe, how can you say no? Each act has been hand-picked; guaranteeing something for everyone, and all within walking distance!
Any upcoming fundraisers?16th October, 7:30pm – Food & Drink Quiz at Circo Lounge, Westbourne for World Food Day, 22nd October, 12pm-10pm – Oxjam Festival Bournemouth Launch at Shelley Theatre, Boscombe with 25 acts over 3 stages.
When? 7th October
Where is it? Bristol city centre – Hy Brasil Music Club, Mr Wolfs, No. 1 Harbourside and Mother’s Ruin.
Who’s playing? We have a great range of bands and solo artists to suit all tastes. Fancy a bit of acoustic music? Head down to our intimate 30 person stage at Mothers Ruin. Want some full band fun? Pop along to Hy Brasil Music Club. Feel like watching a rapper with a violin? Come on down to Mr Wolfs!
What can people expect? Great music, drinks deals, raffles and games to keep you entertained!Why should people go? To enjoy some of the best local music in some lovely venues whilst supporting Oxfam.
Where can people get tickets? Its free with donations accepted! You can choose to donate on the day or here.
Anything else we should know?FREE DRINK ALERT – like and share/RT our poster online to be in with the chance of a free drink at the festival.
When? October / November
Where is it? October 14th: The Moorings, Sowerby Bridge; October 27th: The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge; October 28th: Town Hall / The Albert, Hebden Bridge; October 29th: The Trades Club, The Albert ,Hebden Bridge; November 24th:Golden Lion Todmorden.
Who’s playing? The Moorings hosts an afternoon of Acoustic music followed by an evening of up and coming Indie Rock bands (look out for Violet Youth coming over from Blackburn, Palmes and Maitlands who are also playing Oxjam Huddersfield the same evening) followed by a raucous night of rock and roll with Yorkshire rockers Lost Weekend and The Yum.
Hebden Bridge Town Hall hosts Charlie Carr quartet, Bad Pollyanna and Rook and the Ravens – a Manchester based band currently celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a series of special gigs.
Trades Club host Fold, think Public Service Broadcasting crossed with Funkadelic and Ables Army, a 3 piece with so many hooks in their tunes you could catch fish!
What can people expect? A great vibe with lots of cool music. The Trades Club in Hebden is always in “top local small venue” each year, and it’s on the “must play” list of all serious artists. We are one of the first music events at the Town Hall too, so it’s going to be special as its also Halloween weekend.
Why should people go? This time next year some of these bands will be huge and you can say you saw them before they were big. Every music genre from Jazz to Country, so something for everyone.
Where can people get tickets? www.oxjamcalderdale.org.uk or The Oxfam shop in Hebden Bridge.
Any upcoming fundraisers? Quiz night on 28th Sept / 26th October at The Albert Hebden Bridge. Come along!
When? 28th October
Where is it? Camden Assembly; The Good Mixer; Lock 17; Fiddler’s Elbow; Lockside Lounge
Who’s playing? Got a great mixture of local indie and rock acts, including past Oxjammers Toffees and those travelling from afar including Glastonbury performers Gwen and the Good Thing and pop act Maria Moss. Keep an eye out for newcomers Blythe. Also keep an eye out for marketplace acoustic performances by ukulele-led San Blas and Jasmine Rodgers.
What can people expect? A range of amazing music by a diverse set of musicians. Matched by the diversity of our venues, each with a special place in Camden’s musical history.
Why should people go? Raise money for Oxfam while listening to some great music. We’ve got some really interesting newcomers playing alongside our headliners so makes for a great mix of talent.
When? 7th October
Where is it? Five venues in Cardiff city centre: Full Moon, Fuel, Big Top, Undertone and Cardiff Speaker Hire.
Who’s playing? Loads of amazing artists including Them Dead Beets, Excellent Skeleton and Tommy & The Trouble. Lots of different genres and something for everyone.
What can people expect? Great music from local talent, lots of variety, street food, and (most importantly) a great vibe.p>
Why should people go? To raise money for Oxjam, to find some sweet new music and to help keep the live music scene going #SaveWomanbyStreet .
Where can people get tickets? At WeGotTickets!
Any upcoming fundraisers? Oh yes, look out for our pub quiz on 14th September, a secret rave on the 23rd, music & cocktails on the 24th and the official launch party on 29th September.
When? Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October
Where is it? Hayle Rugby Football Club
Who’s playing? Indie-rockers The Rezner help kick start the Friday line-up, alongside the mighty Rosie Crow Band [‘Siouxsie & The Banshees and Cyndi Lauper having a sing-off with Kate Bush’ says Q Magazine.] Add to this the innovative Breakbeats of Cakeboy, the funky, soulful rock of Snake Oil Remedy Band plus The New Groove, and a host of young talented singer-songwriters. Sunday afternoon shifts down a notch with St. Day Daylight Community Choir & a chance to jive with Ceroc in Cornwall. Finishing with Strawdogs Party Band, this event is a real celebration of music and talent from Cornwall.
What can people expect? Recently highlighted as one of the 10 must-see gigs in Cornwall by Cornwall Live, Oxjam Cornwall is a chance to catch some of the most exciting and innovative young acts on the Cornish music scene.
Why should people go? Oxjam Cornwall is one of only two Oxjam events south west of Bristol. A chance to discover new talent, rock your socks off and support the work of Oxfam. Weekend tickets are only £15 – fantastic value.
Anything else we should know? Join our team! Do you love live music? Get involved with Oxjam Cornwall. We are seeking volunteer stewards for weekend shifts and marketing team members to help us sell tickets in advance. Contact Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can people get tickets? WeGotTickets
When? 14th October
Where is it? 7 venues in Glasgow City Centre though there could still be more! So far we have Art School, Firewater, Variety Bar, Shenanigans, The Griffin, Flat 0/1 and Lucky 7 Canteen all confirmed.
Who’s playing? Our festival has all sorts of music including hip hop, rock, indie, pop, reggae, dub and techno Something for everyone.
What can people expect? A showcase of over 50 of the best musical talents from Glasgow and the West of Scotland. A jam-packed 12 hours of music all in aid Oxfam and fighting poverty across the globe.
Why should people go? To catch amazing performances from multiple performers while raising money for Oxfam.
Where can people get tickets? £10 (+bf) advance tickets are available from our official ticket partner WeGotTickets. The link for tickets changes on October 1st when our tickets go up to £12 (+bf) to http://www.wegottickets.com/event/416687.
When? 14th October
Where is it? 10 Venues in Islington: The Library, The Old Queens Head, Wenlock and Essex, Kings, Oxfam Music & Bookshop, Slim Jims, The New Rose, Radicals & Victuallers, Kings Head Theatre Pub.
Who’s playing? There’s a plethora of musical genres on offer. From Funk to Folk, Punk to Pop and Rock to Reggae, there’s something for everyone. Including the following: Sam & The Womp known for their UK No.1 single ‘Bom Bom’, Mercury prize-nominated shoegazer Maps, Alice Pisano, Ant Smith-The Game Cat, Bee Bakare, Black Dog Hat, Calmcarl, Graham Jones, Half Penny Pass, LOCKS, Matthew Idea, Patti Page and loads more.
What can people expect? Following last year’s record breaker, we’re celebrating our lucky 7th birthday and turning the amp up to eleven! With over 100 bands across 10 venues, join us for a full day (and night!) of live entertainment. New favourites will join old favourites, to rock your blinking socks off at The Oxjam Islington Festival 2017.
Why should people go? Anyone joining us on the 14th October will get to listen to some sweet music, discover 10 incredible venues, and most importantly, to raise lots of money for Oxfam’s global development work.
Anything else we should know? Last year, Oxjam Islington broke the national record for an Oxjam festival, raising £25,295.
When? 21st October
Where is it? Based in Sheffield City centre in and around the cultural quarter (the train station end of the city). Venues include some old favourites from previous Oxjams and some new ones too!
Who’s playing? Ooooooh we wouldn’t want to give any spoilers just yet- all will be revealed on our Facebook Page in the lead up to the festival. What we can reveal is that we pride ourselves on hosting a festival that celebrates the diversity of our local music scene and so we’re confident we’ve got something for everyone.
What can people expect? Those who have attended before can look forward to some of the spaces and faces that we’ve loved having at the festival in the past whilst we do our bit to showcase new bands and venues in the city centre. We’re sure that everybody who attends has the chance to see a new artist they haven’t seen before whilst enjoying some familiar favourites and that, to us, is the recipe for a perfect festival.
Where can people get tickets? Right Here!
Why should people go? With so many bands and venues on offer not only is the festival raising money for a valuable cause but it’s great value for money too! Check out our facebook page to see the full line up and list of venues to see what a cracking party we have in store for you!
Any upcoming fundraisers? We’ve got collabs with friends on the music scene across the city so keep an eye on our social media where all will be revealed…
Oxjam Southend Festival
When? 21st October
Where is it? The event is held in 4 different locations: The Oxfam shop, Twenty One (a new cultural space), The Dickens and Annies Bar & Bistro – All venues offer a diverse feel throughout.
Who’s playing? Oxjam Southend has a tasty selection of musical styles, ranging from stripped down acoustic solos to bands and DJs. Whatever you like, we’ve got you covered.
What can people expect? Oxjam Southend is set to be an event like no other within our seaside town. It’s a coming together of the local community supported by local venues, local artists and local businesses, all to raise money for an incredible cause. Pulling together over 30 varied artists we are hoping to create a real mix of Southend’s music lovers all for one day!
Why should people go? It’s important to support local arts and music, and when it’s combined with raising money for a charity like Oxfam GB, it’s such a positive thing for the community to get behind! Plus you can get you’re groove on and maybe have a drink or two 🙂
Where can people get tickets? Tickets are now available at WeGotTickets
Any upcoming fundraisers? Our ‘funkraiser’ was a huge success, raising over £420 on the day with local DJs, burgers from local burger joint, donuts and a record sale. Continuing from that; we have a live acoustic session at Piggy went to market in Leigh Broadway and an open record night inviting all walks of music up on the decks for an eclectic mix of tunes at Annies Bar & Bistro. RBS in Southend is having a dress down day in the name of Oxjam Southend and we are currently organising an art auction bringing together the mass of Southend’s creatives.
When? 14th October
Where is it? Old Kent Road – near Elephant & Castle, spread over two venues (venues are 15 minutes walk from each other): DIY Space For London 4-6pm and Luxford Bar 6-11:30pm
Who’s playing? A mix of original and upcoming artists from locals areas. Acoustic bands, indie bands, electronic artists and diverse dj’s from 6pm to 11:30pm. Sly Antics and Optimus Funk are a clash from two different worlds. Two venues, one day. Experience it all!
What can people expect? DIY Space is a community venue with all things creative. Luxford Bar has great food and drink deals. £3.50 beers and shots. Group deals and 3 for £12 on cocktails!
Why should people go? Come down to Oxjam Southwark festval and support your local artists and dj’s! We are here to raise money for Oxfam, while having fun! All proceeds from Oxjam Southwark Festival will go to Oxfam GB. Oxfam fights against global poverty, provides clean water to communities and teaches women how to become entrepreneurs through farming, rebuilding businesses and understanding politics.
Oxjam Stratford Upon Avon
When? 14th and 15th October
Where is it? Stratford upon Avon – Shakespeare Street, The Picturehouse, The Alehouse and Coxes Yard.
Who’s playing? We’re excited to announce that Dave Scott Morgan from ELO fame and many awesome local bands such as Trees and Queens, November Plot, Goodness Greyness Me and Troubador Circus will be performing.
What can people expect? Amazing music, poetry and unique performances.
Why should people go? To raise money for Oxjam, to find some sweet new music, and to have fun whilst doing so.
Where can people get tickets? Tickets available on the door of venues or message us through our Facebook Page to be put on the guest list.
Any upcoming fundraisers? Friday 15th September 6pm at the Royal George, Tottenham Court Road. (Details to be confirmed)
When? 20th – 21st October
Where is it? Teignmouth Rugby Club and Oystercatcher Cafe, Teignmouth.
Who’s playing? A Variety of local bands, acoustic sessions, singers, comedy acts, poets and children’s activities and entertainment all taking place over two days.
What can people expect? Local music talent, favourite local bands, kids entertainment, great food and a cabaret evening to boot.
Why should people go? To raise money for oxfam whilst giving something back to the local community and listening to some great new music.
Where can people get tickets? See our Facebook Page for full details.