Oxjam takes over Liverpool

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Bands perform at Ojam's 'Battle of the bands' in august © OxjamLpool13 Twitter

Bands perform at Ojam’s ‘Battle of the bands’ in august © OxjamLpool13 Twitter

Liverpool is to play host to the charity music festival, Oxjam, later this month.

The Oxjam Liverpool Takeover is in aid of the charity Oxfam and will see 70 local bands perform in venues across the city in a one-day event on the 19th October.

The festival will see performances from local bands, such as The Fireflies, Treetop, Dominic Dunn and Mitchel Emms from ‘The Voice’ with his band MisterNothing, among other performers.

Jenny Myerscough, festival manager, told JMU Journalism:  “It is important to include local bands for us, and to Oxjam in general because the whole idea of Oxjam is ‘local music, global impact.’”

The musicians will perform in some the city’s café bars, and will showcase a range of music from pop, rock, R&B and jazz.

The multi-venue festival has cost the small sum of £100 to put on, due to donations and sponsorship from local business. Costs have also been kept low by the large amount of volunteers that have signed up to help the cause.

Oxjam is set to raise £3,000 from the one-day ‘takeover’ and will be the pinnacle of fundraising events which have taken place throughout the city since August.

Myerscough said the festival will differ from other music festivals Liverpool has hosted before as it is purely charity based.

She added: “It gets people who might not usually be aware of what Oxfam do and makes them more aware of the problems in the world.”

All money raised will be given to Oxfam to help with their fight against poverty. The festival is a wristband only event and can be purchased from the website.

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