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IWD 2019- Three Ways UK Festivals Are Working To Be More Inclusive

It’s easy to get bogged down in the doom and gloom of the current global climate, so in honour of International Womens Day we decided to bring attention to three great organisations that are working to make the music industry more inclusive of women, non-binary and trans people. It might even help a few of you musicians out!

Keychange Initiative

First off the is the Keychange Initiative, who made headlines in 2018 by getting 45 festivals, including Kendal Calling and our very own Oxjam, to pledge a 50/50 gender split in their lineup by 2022. They are an international organisation dedicated to accelerating the change in the gender divide of the music industry. Glastonburys’ Emily Eavis, responsible for booking all of the main stage acts at Glastonbury, is a Keychange Ambassador. To find out more about the Keychange Initiative and the incredible work they do click here:


Next we have ReBalance, a scheme run by Festival Republic, the company behind Download, Latitude and Reading and Leeds. ReBalance is a three year programme that started in 2018 which offers female artists funding for one weeks recording in a professional studio. A new artist is chosen every month, at the end of the year selected artists chosen by a panel of industry professionals will be offered a slot at a Festival Republic or Live Nation Festival. Not only this, but they’re offering sound technician apprenticeships in order to address the severe imbalance of women in the technical side of the industry. To find out more or how to apply, follow this link

Yorkshire Sound Women Network

YSWN is a local organisation started by women in the sound technology industry in order to address the gender and racial inequality in the industry.  ‘Our mission is to support a flourishing industry which welcomes, encourages and progresses the inclusion of women at all levels from studio floor to board room, and reflects the diversity of its participating communities.’ They provide women and girls with the opportunities and access to facilities that will help them to break into the sound technology industry. They welcome women, non-binary, agender and gender varient people in their meetings. For more info click here

Also have a look at for events celebrating International Womens Day 2019!

The music industry has always been notoriously unrepresentative of minorities, but in recent years steps have been made to lesson the gender divide. These are just two examples out of hundreds of incredible organisations fighting to make the music industry move in a positive direction towards equality.

Venus at Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Photo by Amber Morris, @a.m.art_



Need Festival Fashion Inspo? Look No Further

Stuck for ideas for what to wear to your fave festival? We’ve put together some outfits from the Oxfam Wastesaver to help you catch the vibe of the festival you’re headed to, just add wellies (which we also sell)!

All these outfits have been pulled from Festival Shop stock, so if you like something keep an eye out, you might just be able to pick it up.

We’ve started off with possibly the most hyped festival of all time; Glastonbury. This year the first batch of tickets sold out in a record breaking 30 minutes! For outfits think boho chic, Woodstock vibes, Coachella but if it rained in California. We’ve pulled some Levi 501 shorts worn open ala Kylie Jenner paired with a 70’s style paisley shirt and some brown *real leather* cowboy boots. Because all our profits go straight into ending poverty you can get some quality footwear without contributing to carbon emissions caused by cattle farming.

Next we’ve got an outfit for Boardmasters AND Leeds fest. The sports luxe trend is still in full swing at these festivals and we have all the sportswear brands you could dream of ready for the festival shop. Pair some sustainably sourced brands with a fun bucket hat and the pinnacle of practicality: a bum bag, and you’re ready to go!


Next we’ve got Bearded Theory and Womad, where we go for a comfy, practical hippie vibe. It’s all about chilling out and looking after the environment at these two super chill, family friendly festivals. So pick up some airy balloon trousers, we promise they’ll be the most comfortable things you’ve EVER worn and settle down for a culture packed weekend.

At Latitude we’re taking inspo from the queen of style herself, Lana Del Rey. A little bit baddie and a lot delicate fabrics and florals. We’ve paired this super cute floral lace playsuit complete with bell sleeves, with an upholstery bomber to add a little bit of an edge.

Rock isn’t dead at Download Festival, we’ve got a whole range of leather, denim and band tees to take down. Here we’ve paired some on-trend patent snake print with a tee from the Kings of Thrash Metal, Metallica. Throw on your fave leather jacket (or buy one from our shop) and you’re good to go!


We hope you got some decent inspiration from our picks, if you do buy something in the Festival Shop, don’t forget to tag us with #foundinoxfam for the chance to get featured on our page!


Interviewing Festival First-Timers

Oxfam’s long-awaited summer of festivals has finally begun! With Common People completed, Download downloaded, and Bearded Theory grown, groomed and exquisitely styled into hazy, hairy memories, three festivals are down with twenty more to go – that means plenty more chances to get involved. But what is it really like going to a festival with Oxfam? What does being a campaigner or steward actually involve? To find out we chatted to Zara and Mike, Oxfam festival first-timers, about their experiences so far this summer.


Zara – First-time festival Campaigner at Common People and Download

So Zara, what can you tell me about the campaign this year?

Well, we kicked off really well at Common People then Download, and the campaign’s called ‘Water for Life’. We’re talking about Oxfam’s WASH work around the world and highlighting to festival-goers, who have to walk for water across the festival site, how hard it would be to walk 8000 steps a day just for water that’s often dirty. Getting them to stand in solidarity and spread the word for the one in ten that still have to do this by posting a picture of their shoes with our #stepsforwater and texting STEPS to 70066.

So Common People was a good start to the season then?

Yeah definitely, we had a glitter stand at our base, that was fun to chat people and engage them with the campaign whilst glittering them up. Being a campaigner you also volunteer for 6 hours in the day then get evenings off to enjoy the music together so that was great too!

What was campaigning at Download like in comparison?

Download was different because it was more of a roaming role which meant exploring the festival more in the day, though like Common People everyone was really lovely! Download’s also more my music taste, I loved Avenged Sevenfold and Guns and Roses, plus the amazing Oxfam shop that I managed to pick up some bargains at.

Download festival

Aside from being able to hear some great music and explore the shops, what would you say the biggest perk of campaigning is?

I like talking to people, and campaigning allows you to open up important conversations. The campaign this year is so relatable as well, everyone understands that water’s important, so it’s easy for a relaxed chat. Also, it really gives you the confidence to talk to anyone about anything, and about the great work that Oxfam does – so it’s a win win! The facilities and extras are of course fantastic too.

“The meal tokens and free coffee were certainly a big perk for me!”

Without a doubt, and with the campsite you know you’ll always have somewhere that’s sociable but still have a bit of your own space, and there are showers, and the toilets are nicer – they have toilet paper which is helpful if you’re like me and drop your wipes down the loo!

Which festivals coming up are you most excited about going to?

Reading! Fall Out Boy and Dua Lipa are playing so definitely Reading, 2000 Trees, but I’m also excited to try festivals that may not be my usual thing like WOMAD, I’ve heard really good things about WOMAD.

(Photo credit: Emma Carney)

Mike, Head of Festivals – First-time festival Steward at Bearded Theory

What kind of things did you do on shift?

On the first day I was helping people find their way into the festival, and then checking up on them in the campsite. The second shift was an overnight shift in a fire tower looking out across the campsite. Another role was Oxbox response, delivering tea and batteries, whatever people needed – there are loads of other things you can do like checking wristbands but the main thing is representing Oxfam by being friendly and providing a good experience.

What did you like best about stewarding?

The variety of the work and also the opportunity to meet some really interesting people, they’re just such a welcoming community that’s passionate about helping people and also about music.

So the being part of the Oxfamily was a highlight for you?

For sure, on your shift you all come together and you’re working as a team to ensure people are safe and having a good time in a fun environment, so I really enjoyed the team side of it all. Everyone’s so passionate about the job and enthusiastic to help. One of my favourite shifts was in Oxbox going and delivering tea, I went around with a trolley delivering tea on the night shift and I’ve never seen people look so happy about seeing someone, it was great.

Which festivals coming up are you most excited about going to?

I deliberately picked festivals that are quite different, I’m looking forward to Latitude that has a really good comedy line up and we’ll have the water tank to support our Water For Life campaign, then I’ll be going to NASS which has a bit of a skater crowd, then St Paul’s which is very different again, it’s a one day Afro-Caribbean festival – so I’m looking forward to them all really!

Chatting with Zara and Mike, what became clear was how being part of a community like the Oxfamily keeps you coming back for more. What also stood out was the variety of ways to be a part of this community. Whether you feel your calling’s as a steward or campaigner, can’t wait to skate this way to RUN DMC at NASS, discover new underground bands at 2000 Trees, or embrace the wonderful world music festival of WOMAD – the Oxfamily will have a festival for you!

From the Field, Oxbox out!