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Leicester Oxjam Takeover 2010

This article was originally published in Arts in Leicester magazine and is included now, as part of  our archives project.

Music raises funds for charity. Oxjam breathes new life into Leicester’s live music. Oxjam is a month-long music festival organised for the charity Oxfam. All around the UK, hundreds of music events are being organised to raise funds for the charity. These events are put on by people who know and love their local music scene.

This is our report on the 2010 Festival held in Leicester.

Kevin Gaughan sums up the day (see below)

The Oxjam Takeover festival took place in Braunstone Gate on Saturday 23rd October 2010. It was an astonishing success, both musically and in raising nearly £16,000 for the Oxfam charity.

With three stages playing so...

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News 2014

News 2014

This is the old home page for the news section, for articles up to the end of 2014.

From the beginning of 2015, all news items will be published as posts or added to specific postings such as ‘news about bands in 2015’, and so on.

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News items for 2014

27th October

Leicester venue to cease operating

Lock42, the music venue located on Frog Island, is to cease to operate. The owners of the building in which it is situated – Stayfree Music – have decided to close it down...

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OBS March 14

Saturday 14th March 2015

Original Bands Showcase

at The Musician

On stage tonight:  Aztec Temples, Little Dead Town, Heavy Town (guest band), Last Half, Beneath The Lights and We Are Puzzles.

Returning from his week-long stay with Richard III, Trevor Locke catches up with music and tackles the back-log of reviews (Saturday 28th)

This was one of the first-round heats of the OBS. When I arrived at The Musician I found people queueing to get in. Must be a good night, I thought. True enough;  the place looked crowded all night.

Aztec Temples

Aztec Templates at The Shed, 7th March 2015 Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

Aztec Templates at The Shed, 7th March 2015
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

The first slot can be a challenging one; the room might not have warmed up; people are still chatting to their friends or waiting at the bar for a drink...

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Saturday 17th January 2015


The all-dayer held at The Shed is a play on the name of the metal festival: Bloodstock. Today’s gig featured some of the metal and hardcore bands currently playing in Leicester and nearby areas. This was held on the main stage upstairs.

Bands playing today: Halfway House, Perception, Basilisk, Rituals, This is Turin, As Empires Burn, Ashes of Maybelle, Coloured by Numbers, Drowning Grace, Icons, Vera Grace, Red Seas Fire, Lock and key.

The first band started at just after 2 pm. The audience immediately got dancing – a wild flailing of arms and legs and other impressive moves that suggested it would be a good idea to choreograph a modern dance event based on this kind of music.

Halfway House, a five-piece hardcore band from Leicester were first on stage...

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