Anti-poverty music festival returns to Glasgow

Image of someone holding an Oxjam sign

Anti-poverty music festival Oxjam is set to return to Glasgow on Saturday 13 October.

Oxjam, now in its 12th year, is the UK’s largest grassroots music festival which is made up of hundreds of volunteer-led music events hosted in support of the international anti-poverty organisation Oxfam.

Oxjam Glasgow Festival will take over multiple venues across the city, showcasing some of the country’s hottest up and coming talent, including the award-winning Calum Ingram, The Well Happy Band and Lisa Kowalski.

Tickets to Oxjam Glasgow will be free, with attendees being encouraged to donate what they can to Oxfam on the door.

The event will be the last hosted by Oxjam Glasgow Manager Lindsey McGhie, who has been running the festival as a volunteer for the past seven years. Over her period in charge, Lindsey and her dedicated team of fellow volunteers have raised just over £17,000 to help change the lives of people living in poverty around the world.

Lindsey said: “I’m convinced this is going to be the best Oxjam Glasgow Festival we’ve ever done. I’ve always been really inspired by the Oxjam ethos that local music really can have global impact: Oxjam is all about celebrating great music in support of a great cause.

“By coming along to Oxjam Festival Glasgow, not only do you have the chance to catch some of Scotland’s stars of the future, but you’re also doing your bit to raise money for Oxfam’s lifesaving work.”

Since Oxjam’s inception 12 years ago, more than 60,000 musicians have played to an audience of 1.5 million people across the UK, raising £2.8 million to support Oxfam’s vital work.

Oxjam regulars The Well Happy Band are looking forward to returning to the anti-poverty festival. Alaine Walls from the band said: “The Well Happy Band are pleased to be involved with Oxjam again this year.  We believe no-one should suffer living in poverty, no matter where they’re from. Oxjam is a great example of how music can help people and communities all across the world.”

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

Notes to Editors:

  • Oxjam Glasgow kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 13 Full details are available here:
  • 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.