This year, we have 38 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? 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? 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 email@example.com.
Where can people get tickets? WeGotTickets
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.
Where can people get tickets? Advance tickets from WeGotTickets
Any upcoming fundraisers? Friday 15th September 6pm at the Royal George, Tottenham Court Road. (Details to be confirmed)