Michael Gee is the Festival Manager for Oxjam Sowerby Bridge. After running an amazing Oxjam last year, he is doing it again in 2019. I asked Michael 3 questions about what it’s like to be a Festival Manager. What’s rewarding about being a festival manager? None of this happens without you and your crazy idea to go for it! We’ve all got our own ideas on how we can make Oxjam a success but it’s down to you to make yours happen. The sense of accomplishment from seeing your events come to life, with all your artists performing and your volunteers making your plan come together is amazing. You really will be working with people from all walks of life to achieve some real good for your local music scene, your community and the world. It’s not every day you get to say that! What
After organising his first ever Oxjam gig last year at Tap Social in Oxford, 15 year old has gone on to form his own music promotions company, Pink Badger Music, and record a debut EP. He even performed at this year’s Oxjam Festival Manager Conference in Oxford and totally blew us away! We caught up with him to find out more about his experiences with Oxjam, and how with people like Max, music really can make a difference.
“We love the local Leeds music scene and busking is a big part of that, so we just wanted to join in and get out on the streets”. Oxjam Festival Leeds launch the Oxjam Busk 2018, where hundreds of musicians and music lovers will be pitching up and busking against poverty this August.
There are so many reasons why gender representation is struggling to be where it should be. Festival organisers get the majority of the blame, and to some extent, they should be challenging themselves to do better. But it’s a domino effect. - Becca Vafeas
Over the weekend we welcomed this year’s group of inspiring Oxjam Festival Managers to Oxford for their Oxjam Induction. Over the course of two days we held talks, workshops and panel Q&A’s to introduce our wonderful volunteers – travelling from all over the UK – to their new role, and to the exciting journey that lies ahead!
It may only be January, but Oxjam18 starts now. That’s because this week we opened applications for Festival Managers, starting our search for this year’s crop of inspiring volunteers who will pull the strings and organise massive multi-venue music festivals all across the UK in October. Here are our top 6 reasons to apply.
Mercury nominated, chart topping, festival headlining disco-popsters Metronomy took time out from their busy touring schedule (including an appearance at Bristol’s Simple Things Festival later that night) to raise the roof in the Cotham Hill shop before the penultimate Oxjam Festival weekend.
Taking time out from his tour with the mighty Emeli Sande, former Britain’s Got talent contestant Calum Scott delighted fans with a secret Oxjam Session and a preview of his latest single “You Are The Reason” at Oxfam Newcastle.
The enthralling Marika Hackman was the latest artist to lend her support to Oxjam 2017. She played an intimate gig at the Oxfam shop in Dalston on the same day she released the video for her latest single 'Times Been Reckless".
Welsh duo Into The Ark headed down to their local Oxjam Festival in Cardiff to play a very special headline set at The Big Top and support Oxjam 2017. We were there to catch all the action.