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BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 05 October '16
Fatboy Slim and Mystery Jets celebrate Oxjam festival’s 10th birthday
Superstar DJ Fatboy Slim has kicked off Oxjam music festival’s 10th birthday celebrations with an intimate gig in the Dalston Oxfam shop.
Records, clothes, books and hardware were moved from the shop to make way for a stage and speakers to create an extra-special music venue on 03 October.
The gig launched Oxjam Music Festival, with hundreds of gigs of every size and genre now set to take place across the UK throughout October.
The events are organised by volunteers to showcase the best local bands and musical talent to raise money for Oxfam’s work to end poverty. Some 2,500 musicians are expected to play to more than 100,000 people.
10 years of Oxjam
Hosting Oxjam launch parties is part of the Dalston Oxfam shop’s heritage. Over the past decade, the shop has featured the biggest names in the UK music scene, including The Kooks, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, Skream, Four Tet, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, 2manydjs, and Ghostpoet.
Since it started 10 years ago, more than a million people have been to an Oxjam gig, helping to raise more than £2.5 million – that’s enough money to supply fresh water to 2.5 million people, or the population of Greater Manchester, one of the largest metropolitan districts in the UK.
‘I’m delighted to be playing at Oxjam’s tenth birthday. The festival is an amazing opportunity for local bands and gig organisers to raise the profile of local talent and by doing so help people fight poverty. October is set to be a musical month to remember thanks to Oxjam.’
Indie rock band Mystery Jets are supporting Oxjam by touring Oxfam shops around the UK until 14 October. They’ll be selecting and spinning vinyl, signing records and posing with fans for photos at Oxfam shops in Leicester, Preston, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Cambridge. They will also be performing at the Reading shop and there will be opportunities to win tickets to their gigs throughout the Oxfam shop tour.
‘We’re super excited to be running an Oxfam Shop Tour. For us an Oxfam shop is the ‘go-to’ place to get our vinyl and find new inspiration for our tracks. Oxfam shop music selections are unlike other music shops, in that you never quite know what diamonds you might find in each shop. We’d love for fans to get involved in our Oxfam Shop Tour by coming down to the shops to see us.’