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Oxfam Presents the Sweet Sounds of Oxjam

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- Month long music festival hits capital

OxjamOxfam's 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 UK's 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 London's 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 can't 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

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.

Wednesday, 4 October
Plan B bar, Brixton Road
Riverstate is a band featuring three brothers who have been making music together for nearly 15 years. The indie rock five-some are just starting to break out in the British music scene, and have a sweeping and melodic sound that's been compared to Joshua Tree-era U2. For fans of Keane and Coldplay.

Kyshera Oxjamathon
Sunday, 8th October, 1 p.m.
Lark in the Park, Islington
This alternative rock band claims they are going to abandon a set list and play an improve gig "bereft of any pre-prepared music for as long as they can stand." The event should prove interesting, especially later in the evening. Attend for a more experimental gig experience.

15 October, 7 p.m.
The Spitz
Revere is an eight-piece band out of London that evokes their influences Godspeed You Black Emperor and Jeff Buckley. If you're a fan of Starsailor, check this show out. The line up will also feature Monotaxi, The Vibrants and No Mind.

Emergency Breaks
Saturday, 21 October, 8 p.m.
93 Feet East,
UKP7 before 11 :00 p.m.; UKP10 after
This intense club night will feature a number of DJs and performers and promises: "break-dancers, fire-eaters, magicians, burlesque dancers, and an array of eye-catching, mind-expanding visuals to enhance and complete the occasion... it's gonna be one hell of a party!"

Cafe De Paris
25 October, 7 p.m.
Caf´┐Ż De Paris
It bills itself as "London's most glamorous venue," and if you can get in you'll see it host some of the UK's best unsigned bands supporting three female performers in the industry. The event will also feature some celebrity guest DJs and 'A' list stars.

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- Stephanie Hall

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