Grow Playlist – Oxjam Exeter Festival 2019

Grow Playlist – Oxjam Exeter Festival 2019

You may have heard of the ‘Second Hand September’ campaign last month, organised by global charity Oxfam – and kudos if you took part! This month, Oxfam has another series of events in the diary that everyone, particularly musos, can get involved with called “Oxjam”. 

Oxjam is the UK’s largest grassroots music festival that is dedicated to eradicating poverty around the world, with all money raised going to Oxfam. These funds allow the charitable organisation to continue supporting its main cycles of work; emergency response, development and campaigning. Since the festival’s inception, more than 60,000 musicians (notable artists include Annie Mac, Foals, Example, Joy Orbison and so on) have played to an audience of 1.5 million people, raising well over £2.8 million to support Oxfam’s vital work. 

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The Oxjam Exeter team are ready and raring for the big day – Saturday 26th October – which will host a one-day festival across Exeter Phoenix and St.Davids Church. The festival will showcase an assortment of handpicked live bands and acoustic artists from across the county, throughout Exeter Phoenix. Plus, a handful of guest speakers in Studio 74 and traders/initiatives to browse.

Shuffle along to St.Davids Church and you’ll hear the immense sound of three glorious choirs, followed by the Oxjam charity raffle. Not to mention, there will be cake…

To give you an insight of the unmissable talent that will be performing at Oxjam this year, you can expect Grow Playlist features such as Hip Hop artist Louis J Walker and Dark-Wave trio, Fusea. Exmouth-born Country Pop singer, Poppy Fardell (pictured), is cruising from London for the festival too which is a huge treat! On top of that, the lineup boasts a variety of bands including Telstar, Quorum, Heelie, Kindred and Charlstonray are just some to name; along with acoustic artists such as Izzy Warren, Jake Loosemore, Abel & Eade and more. 

Being a part of the Oxjam team this year has been rewarding in many ways, but there’s no better feeling than being amidst a packed-out, pleasing festival, event or gig that you’ve helped build from scratch! I may be biased, but the team has got a very special day in-store, with a huge community and environmental focus; “there will be something for everyone” adds production manager, Merryn. Overwhelmed by the extensive support we’ve received from artists, volunteers, sponsors, friends and family pledging their time to make Oxjam a memorable experience, we are truly thankful. Tickets are £6 from Exeter Phoenix or online.

If you’d like to be the Grow Playlist feature of the month, pop me an email becky@ripenana.com. You can keep up to date with my Spotify playlist “GROW FEATURES”.

You can find more information, tickets and the full lineup on the Oxjam Exeter Festival website www.oxjamexeter2019.wixsite.com/musicfestival or social media channels @OxjamExeterFestival

Written by Becky Grinham
Oxjam Logo and photo of Poppy Fardell by BAFFLED
Photo of happy women by Dan Medhurst

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