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03/10/06
Oxfam Presents the Sweet Sounds of Oxjam
- Month long music festival hits capital

Oxfam Presents the Sweet Sounds of OxjamOxfamís Oxjam music festival will be popping up in venues big and small all over London this month in multiple forms, including big-name bands, themed club nights, and everything in between.

Local bands and venues all over London will be lending their services to the charity by donating proceeds from tickets and cover charges to the anti-poverty charity.

The month-long, county-wide series of concerts and events is being billed as the UKís biggest ever music festival. It includes support from Badly Drawn Boy and Kasabian, and kicked off in Oct. 1 with a Teenage Fanclub gig in Glasgow.

In September, Badly Drawn Boy unofficially got the ball rolling a bit early, donating a quid for every ticket sold for his four-show stint across the UK, and encouraging other bands to join the festival. He is set to return to Londonís Bloomsbury Ballroom on November 5th and 6th.

"Oxjam offers the chance for thousands of people to use music to achieve something together, which is an idea that gets me excited," he said. "No matter how small your event, you'll be forming a part of the biggest music festival this country has ever seen. I'd encourage everyone to get involved if they can - it's as simple as picking up a guitar."

The first Badly Drawn Boy show is sold out and if Londoners canít get tickets to the second, one can support Oxjam, and maybe have a great night out at the same time, by attending any of the other events taking place in London this month.

The month-long festival is set to raise GBP500,000 and will involve 12,000 people according to NME.com

Alongside the big-name gigs are over 1,000 other events taking place around the country during the whole of October, ranging from venues offering karaoke and themed club nights to DJs and local rock bands.



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