Leicester Oxjam Takeover
Saturday 31st October 2015
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This one day festival of music saw 128 acts, performing across 11 stages and performance areas, in venues in the Cultural Quarter of Leicester. Bands, singers, acoustic artists, poets and rappers gave festival-goers a wide range of genres to choose from.
Blessed with good weather, the day drew people into the event where one wrist-band gave them access to all the venues throughout the day, from midday to midnight. The line-up was drawn largely, though not exclusively, from the huge pool of music talent in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The rationale for the event was to raise funds for Oxford Famine Relief (Oxfam.) Oxjam Music Festival is the name given to a national series of events taking place throughout England Wales and Scotland during the months of October and November with some events also taking place in the summer. The first Oxjam was held in 2004 and since then has taken place each year in the UK.
The first Oxjam Leicester 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. Since then it has become part of the city’s annual calender of festivals and events. In the years that followed, Leicester became one of the biggest Oxjam events in the country having more acts and raising more money than anywhere else.
Over the next few days Music in Leicester will be bringing you a host of photos and reports (on this page) on performers that took part in today’s festival.
Music in Leicester’s media team for Oxjam 2015: Angela Turner, Keith Jobey, Kevin Gaughan, Renaud Mary, Trevor Locke, Trevor Sewell.
Venues running Oxjam gigs were The Ale Wagon, Dielectric, The Exchange, Manhattan 34, Midas, The Shed, The Soundhouse and there was a stage in Orton Square.
Photos of Oxjam
Many, many photos of Oxjam Leicester 2015 to come on this page; see Kevin Gaughan’s photos from Oxjam.
Oxjam Takeover – 31st October.
In the meantime, see our reports on previous Leicester Oxjam festivals:
Entry to all of the venues was by Wristband purchased from the festival office on the day; this was located at the Exchange bar opposite Curve theatre.
Participating venues: The Ale Wagon, Dielectric (opposite Athena theatre), The Exchange Bar, The LCB Depot (Rutland Street), Manhattan34, Midas Bar (Yeoman Street) The Shed (both stages), The Soundhouse, and there will be a stage in Orton Square.
Page last edited: 7th November 2015