Oxjam returns to Scotland with top line-up of local bands

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Oxjam music festival is returning to Scotland with Takeover Festivals happening in both Edinburgh and Glasgow on Saturday 14th October. 

Oxjam, now in its 11th year, is the UK’s largest grassroots music festival which is made up of hundreds of volunteer-led music events. Oxjam celebrates local music whilst raising vital funds for Oxfam and helping to change the lives of those living in poverty around the world.

The Scottish festivals will showcase some of the country’s hottest up and coming talent, from Busker Rhymes to The Ronains.

Oxjam Glasgow will take over multiple venues across Sauchiehall, Scott and Bath streets. Each venue will be dedicated to a different genre of music, including rock, jazz and hip hop. Advance tickets cost just £10 and give you access to all of the venues.

Oxjam Glasgow Takeover Manager Lindsey McGhie said: “One of the most exciting things about Oxjam is the diversity of events on offer. This year’s Scottish line-up really does have something for everyone.

“By coming along to Oxjam you not only have the chance to catch some of Scotland’s most exciting new acts, but you’re helping to raise money for Oxfam’s lifesaving work. Our local gigs can and do have global impact.”

The Ronains are set to play as part of Oxjam Glasgow. Having had regular radio play and with their new EP due out later this year, guitarist and vocalist Jim Reid is looking forward to playing. He said: ‘We’re really excited about being part of this year’s Oxjam Festival. This is the second year we’ve been involved. Not only is it a fantastic celebration of up and coming talent, but by being part of it we know we’re also supporting Oxfam, a charity that does so much for so many, worldwide.”

In Edinburgh, Oxjam will be kicking off at 12pm with over 15 acts including The Rich and Ghost Dance Collective, taking to stages at Sneaky Pete’s, Opium and the Mash House, with a special stage at the Grassmarket. Tickets for the day are £10.

Oxjam Edinburgh Takeover Manager Karl Wood said: “It is always an absolute pleasure to bring the Oxjam Edinburgh Takeover to life. Together we host an excellent showcase of local acts, proudly supporting Edinburgh’s budding new artists and Oxfam’s life-changing work.”

Advance wristbands for Oxjam Glasgow are £10 and are available now: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/416683

Tickets for Oxfam Edinburgh are £10 and are available now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oxjam-edinburgh-takeover-2017-tickets-37785377080 

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For more information please contact Rebecca Lozza, Media and Communications Officer, Oxfam Scotland, on 0141 285 8875 / 07880785159 or RLozza1@Oxfam.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

  • Oxjam Glasgow kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 14th. Advance tickets are £12 from October onwards. Tickets on the door are £15. Tickets can be exchanged for wristbands from the box office at Glasgow Art School from 1pm on the day.
  • Born in 2006, Oxjam- whose motto is local music, global impact- has grown to become the country’s largest grassroots music festival. The money raised at Oxjam gigs go towards Oxfam’s work helping people escape poverty and stay alive in emergencies.
  • Oxfam is currently supporting millions of people- including those facing starvation in East Africa, fleeing war from Syria to South Sudan, and recovering from earthquakes and hurricanes in the Americas and Asia. It is also fighting for the rights of people living in poverty all over the world.