Oxjam takes over Camberwell

A voluntary workforce will run this year’s Oxjam Camberwell Takeover, one of 40 mini music festivals that will take place across the UK in October, to raise money for Oxfam, writes Paul Watson.
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The Oxjam Camberwell Takeover is one of 40 mini music festivals that will take place across seven UK venues on October 22 to raise money for Oxfam. An array of talented artists and musicians, including The Vibeadeliks; Speaker Sleeper; Eastroad and Rokhsan, will perform to more than 1,000 people in total; and all bands, performers, crew and staff will be donating their services to Oxjam for free.

“People’s willingness to show support was clear from the beginning,” says takeover manager for Camberwell’s Oxjam, Michael Armstrong. “Given the production team now extends across seven venues, with fundraisers, a marketing team and a festival crew staffed entirely by volunteers, it’s been quite overwhelming. To date, we’ve managed to blag the kit, PAs and venues for free.”
 The Oxjam Takeover is expected to be the highlight of the month for Oxjam, one of the UK’s biggest music festivals, as a series of city-wide mini-festivals will stretch across the UK, from Aberdeen to Bournemouth.
 Oxjam is Oxfam’s month long music festival, which happens across the UK throughout October. Since the first Oxjam in 2006, there have been more than 3,000 Oxjam events nationwide, raising more than £1.5 million for Oxfam: enough to buy 13,000 emergency shelters, 60,000 goats or 900 classrooms.
 This year, 800 venues, 11,000 volunteers, 900 musicians and more than 200,000 audience members are expected to take Oxjam’s total money raised to over £1.8 million.
 “Given Camberwell wasn’t completely untouched by the madness on the streets in August, it feels like an incredibly positive way to assert community voice,” Armstrong (pictured left) reflects. “But this is a much bigger issue that is literally killing people in less developed countries than this one.”
 This year’s Camberwell venues are: The Recreation Ground; The Crooked Well; The Phoenix; The Joiners Arms; The Tiger; The Grand Union and Club Couture.
 Tickets are available in advance from We Got Tickets, priced at £7.50. Alternatively, you can purchase a wristband on the day at The Tiger, Camberwell Green, for £10.




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