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Eliza Doolittle, 2manydjs and Skream among first acts announced to launch seventh edition of UK's biggest charity music festival

Posted by Claire Wilkinson Senior PR Press Officer

5th Sep 2013

This year Oxjam launches with one of its most diverse line-ups to date to kick-start the charity's seventh annual music festival.  Ahead of the month of events set to take the UK by storm in October, Oxjam once again presents a four-night series of launch gigs.

For the first time in five years, these gigs move away from an Oxfam shop floor to a completely new location. By night, a unique loft space in Shoreditch will be transformed into a gig venue, hosting intimate performances for a handful of lucky fans. 

Kicking things off on Monday 23rd September, folk-rockers Dry the River headline bringing their US hardcore influences and intricate acoustica to the opening night.  They're joined by Greco-Roman signing Roosevelt and rising indie-soul songstress Josephine.

Tuesday 24th sees BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney take the reigns, curating the night with The Fox Problem with a set by pop-starlet Eliza Doolittle.  Speaking about the gig, she said:

"I love playing intimate gigs, being so close to the audience makes it a really unforgettable experience, even more so when the purpose of the gig is to help raise awareness of something as brilliant as Oxjam. This gig is only the beginning of a movement of thousands of gigs, club nights and events right across the country, all raising money to fight poverty."

She'll be joined by Urban Music Award winner and Wyclef Jean collaborator Fuse ODG, edgy pop one-to-watch Chloe Howl and a DJ set by Oxjam friend Ghostpoet.  Plus, expect specially designed visuals guaranteed to capture the audience's imagination, surprise performances and live chat.

On Wednesday 25th September, Belgian mash-up maestros and stadium DJ duo 2manydjs headline. Being let loose on the record donation vaults in Oxfam Dalston, the Dewaele brothers will be taking part in "Vinyl Emporium", unearthing gems and playing them out to the Oxjam crowd the same night.    

2manydjs, comment: "We've found a fair few records in Oxfam shops around the UK, so have been in some way or another supporting the charity for years! But this is our first time playing an Oxjam gig and we want to encourage people across the country to get involved in the festival and buy records at their local Oxfam"

They're joined by electro-pop now double act NYPC (formerly New Young Pony Club) airing their new LP and Oxford's Chad Valley.  Completing the bill, Jessie Ware-producer Dave Okumu from The Invisible plays a rare DJ set. 

On Thursday 26th September to close the series it's all about two of the biggest names and interesting personalities in UK dance music - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Skream - playing a one-off 'back-to-back' DJ set. They'll be joined by Hackney's funkiest bastion of good manners Kindness, UK Disco duo Psychemagik and some low slung electronic from Zero 7 DJ.

Limited tickets for each show go on sale from 5th September exclusively from  Venue details will be revealed a week before the gigs, with money raised through sales going towards Oxfam's work.

These four gigs mark the launch of the Oxjam music festival; hundreds of music events across the country put on by volunteers with a passion for music, all raising money for charity. Throughout October, more than 800 venues, 6,000 volunteers, 6,000 musicians and 180,000 audience members will enable Oxjam to raise at least £400,000 for Oxfam's important work around the world.

The highlights of the month-long festival will no doubt be the Oxjam Takeovers, a series of city-wide mini-festivals taking place in 60 locations across the UK, from Shetland to Plymouth, on the weekend of 19th - 20th October. During the weekend, some 2500 bands and acts will perform to an audience of more than 60,000. In addition, for the first year ever music is taking over the shop network with selected Oxfam shops across the UK encouraging people to buy and donate music, all of this helping the charity raise money, through music.

To find out what Oxjam events are going on in your area this October, visit or call 0300 200 1255.


Notes to Editors

For more information or to arrange interviews or for requesting images please contact: 

Claire Wilkinson
01865 4733648

Listing Information

Oxjam Launch Series

Venue: Secret East London Location

Accessibility: Please note this is a ltd accessibility venue.  We apologise in advance for any inconvenience

Doors: 7pm

Tickets: £15 in advance only via


Monday 23 Sept

Dry the River, Roosevelt, Josephine and more TBA

Tuesday 24 Sept

Gemma Cairney in association with the Fox Problem presents: Eliza Doolittle, Fuse ODG, Chloe Howl, Ghostpoet (DJ set) and more TBA

Wednesday 25 Sept

2manydjs, NYPC, Chad Valley, The Invisible (DJ set)

Thursday 26 Sept

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs B2B Skream, Kindness DJ set, Psychemagik, Zero 7 DJ set


Festival Republic, who work with Oxfam at Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Latitude, are happy to support Oxfam's Oxjam launch events 

Oxjam Takeover events will take place in the following locations:

London: Brixton, Chiswick, Clapham, Croydon, Kingston, Notting Hill, Peckham, Shepherds Bush, Islington, Shoreditch, Dalston, Kilburn
South East: Brighton, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Norwich, Cambridge, Luton, Colchester, Bedford, Reading, Oxford, Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Milton Keynes, Didcot
South West: Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Cheltenham, Bournemouth, Plymouth, Torquay, Exeter
Wales: Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen
Midlands:  Birmingham, Lichfield, Stoke on Trent, Shrewsbury, Beeston, Mansfield, Leicester, Lincoln
North: Huddersfield, Sheffield, Manchester, Bury, Liverpool, Lancaster, Newcastle, Sunderland, Bradford, Leeds
Scotland: Shetland, Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Aberdeen

About Oxjam

  • Since 2006, more than 50,000 musicians have played to an audience of more than 1,000,000 people at over 4,000 Oxjam events, raising in excess of £2 million to fight poverty around the world
  • Previous artists who have helped kick off Oxjam in the past include Graham Coxon, Hot Chip, Fatboy Slim, Brett Anderson, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Basement Jaxx and many more
  • For more information, please visit

Oxfam and music

  • More than 600 Oxfam shops across the country sell second-hand music - double the total number of independent record shops in the UK (* There are 305 independent record shops in the UK, according to 2008 figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association).
  • Oxfam shops sell around £6 million of music every year, which equates to around 1.8 million CDs and records every year, all donated by the British public. The largest single donation was of 4,000 vinyl albums to an Oxfam shop in Devon in 2008.
  • Oxfam has been one of the lead charities at Glastonbury since 1993, raising £2.7 million through stewarding the festival and signing up more than 400,000 people in support of its campaigns at the festival. Oxfam works at seventeen music festivals across the summer, stewarding, campaigning and selling festival fashion.


Blog post written by Claire Wilkinson

Senior PR Press Officer

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