Oxjam: A new form of festival

by Sam Hofer on May 19, 2015

The Will Jeffrey Band Oxjam Notts

By Sam Hofer

You might be wondering; what the heck is Oxjam? And why does it sound like having too many oxen in the barn at once? Actually, it’s something quite different than that. It is a music festival of sorts. One unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Well, except for the 1.3 million people that have been to an Oxjam event. Chances are, if you live in the U.K. you have seen one for yourself.

(Related: BUKU Music and Arts Project)

Oxjam is simple. A month long music festival with no one physical location. But rather, many locations all found, played and supported by volunteers who love to get people moving to local bands and to get those bands the exposure they deserve all while supporting the charity of Oxfam.

Oxfam is a charity similar to the Red Cross, but based in the UK. They want to deliver the relief and provide comfort to those in distress on a global scale and to do that, they need funds, and a lot of them. That’s where the Oxjam events come into play. They are set up all over the UK and are locally run and played and slowly collect large sums of money to be given to the Oxfam organization. Incredibly, the Oxjam concerts have given more than 2.5 million Lbs. to the Oxfam cause since 2006; their year of inception.

(Related: Rock By The Sea)

The Oxjam music festival is a new model for the whole music festival system and gives a new way for underground bands to be heard and loved, all while raking in millions of dollars to an amazing cause.

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