There’s a real buzz around Beeston as fundraisers, musicians and the local community gear up to smash through the £100,000 barrier at the amazing phenomenon which is the Oxjam Takeover this Saturday 13th October.
With more performers applying than ever before, this promises to be the biggest and best Takeover yet with a stellar line up of 127 artists and bands, 19 stages and 12 hours of quality music and happiness! There’s absolutely everything you could want on the bill!
It all kicks off in the Square at midday with a return visit from Rock Choir who took the town off guard with a surprise flash mob last year. From there you’re spoilt for choice – there’s rock, pop, jazz, soul, blues, Americana, indie, post punk, reggae, singer-song writers, djs and community choirs; there’s even Hungarian folk rock fusion, a samba troupe, and a barbershop octet!!
And don’t forget to check out the Silent Disco back by popular demand, this year at the Victory Club from 8pm. If you get peckish, new for this year, there’s a variety of delicious street food stalls on Chilwell High Rd, and between The Star and the White Lion pubs.
If you haven’t heard of Oxjam, it’s one of the UK’s biggest music festivals, in which communities across the UK come together to celebrate local music by organising their own events in aid of Oxfam. With a mantra of “local music global impact” the town has built Oxjam Beeston to a much loved annual festival, and is proud to have raised over £85,000 since it began 7 years ago. This makes it probably the most successful Oxjam in the country – a staggering achievement when you find out it’s all organised by a small team of committed volunteers, with no previous professional experience as festival organisers, who pool their individual skills to create the fantastic phenomenon which is Oxjam Beeston!
What’s more, all the musicians perform for free, and on Takeover day the team is joined by about a hundred volunteers who sell tickets, collect donations, run sound systems, manage venues – and carry out all sorts of other jobs that need doing!
Local business, schools, churches, the university, and other community groups give their support too in various ways – providing venues, technical equipment, raffle prizes, free publicity, and help with ticket sales. And of course the public do their bit by buying tickets, coming along to enjoy the events, and digging into their pockets for loose change to put in the collection buckets.
Oxjam Beeston is hugely indebted to its Headline Sponsor, for the second year, popular local The Star Inn Beeston, also one of the Takeover venues, as well as stage sponsors, CP Walker, John Flynn Opticians and Foster Industrial.
Entrance to all venues is free before 6pm, after which wristbands are required which give exclusive entry to every venue. Tickets are available in advance for just £10, and can be exchanged for wristbands on the day, in Beeston Square or evening venues, or for £12 you can buy a wristband on the day. Even at that price it’s a bargain!
Advance tickets are available from Oxfam Books & Music (High Rd Beeston) or online from www.oxjambeeston.org. The last five years have been sell outs so buy a ticket early to save money and avoid missing out!
If you are coming from outside Beeston why not take advantage of a special offer from NET and come by tram? Once again festival goers can purchase a £2 event ticket which gives all day travel (on production of an Oxjam Beeston ticket or wristband).
Beeston has two other Oxjam Music Festival events this year – Classical Oxjam on 17th November also at Beeston Parish Church, followed by the Oxjam Ceilidh at the Beeston British Legion Club on 1st December.
For further details about all Oxjam events go to www.oxjambeeston.org