Hot Chip Preparing For Intimate Scottish Gig

Posted by Jamie Livingstone Head of Oxfam Scotland

10th Oct 2012

Hot Chip

The Oxfam Music Shop in Glasgow is gearing up to host Hot Chip and their Scottish fans as part of Oxjam, the UK's biggest charity music festival, and is even recruiting 'bouncers' for the first time.

The band will 'takeover' the shop on Byres Road on Friday 12th October for a one-off gig.

The shop will be converted into a mini-music venue, where the band will be playing an exclusive DJ set from 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Their recent release, In Our Heads, on new label Domino, is being acclaimed as their best album yet.

The band will invite local friends to join them on the decks to spin their favourite records and they want fans from across Scotland to come along from 12pm.

Tickets are free but entry is first come, first served. The Oxfam Music Shop is at 171 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TS.

As well their own songs, the band will select some hidden gems from the shop itself, as they warm up for their own sold-out concert in Glasgow on Friday night. The band will also create some "recommended by Hot Chip" racks of vinyl for fans to pick and choose from.

Andrew McWhinnie, Manager of the shop, said: "We've had bands playing in here before but we've not had an international star like Hot Chip before. We're going to have to have stewards for the first time! It's certainly won't be our usual Friday.

"We've had bands playing in here before but we've not had an international star like Hot Chip before. We're going to have to have stewards for the first time! It's certainly won't be our usual Friday.

"There's been loads of interest in the gig so we are hoping to squeeze in as many people as possible, but it's a case of getting here early to make sure you get a spot.

"It's a great chance for Scottish fans to get to see them performing up close, and we plan to keep the tills open for folk to pick up some good music at the same time."

The Oxjam festival runs throughout October with hundreds of fundraising music events put on by volunteers across the country, with a passion for music and charity.

Gigs range from large-scale festivals to local sponsored busks, combining to produce the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK.

Oxjam's flagship events are the Oxjam Takeover - multi-venue, wrist-banded festivals that take place across the UK. This year, Takeover events will take place in the following locations in Scotland: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, and Shetland.

Laurie McIntosh, Oxjam organiser in Scotland, said: "It's fantastic to have Hot Chip here in Scotland to promote Oxjam. There are loads of gigs right across the country - from international stars like Hot Chip to up-and-coming local bands who are really worth seeing.

"It's fantastic to have Hot Chip here in Scotland to promote Oxjam. There are loads of gigs right across the country - from international stars like Hot Chip to up-and-coming local bands who are really worth seeing.

"But it's not only about the music, we really hope this year's festival will raise as much money as possible to help Oxfam fight poverty here in Scotland and overseas."

During October, more than 800 venues, 9,000 volunteers, 7,000 musicians and 150,000 audience members will enable Oxjam to raise at least £350,000 for Oxfam's work.

For more information, please visit www.oxfam.org.uk/oxjam.

The Glasgow Takeover event is taking place on October 19th at Flat 0/1 in Bath Street.

For details visit: www.facebook.com/OxjamGlasgowTakeover

Blog post written by Jamie Livingstone

Head of Oxfam Scotland

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