Oxjam Beeston Music Festival is celebrating a record year after attracting large crowds to its Takeover event held on Saturday 14th October.
The award-winning Oxjam team, which has run the event for seven years, thanked everyone who helped make this year’s Oxjam Takeover an outstanding success. Beeston is one of the largest Oxjam events taking place in the UK including Brighton, Manchester and Islington amongst many!
Heather Greenan, Takeover Organiser said ‘It was an incredible day where everybody played their part; the audience, the artists, the venues and the volunteers. It brings the community together in a unique way – Beeston was absolutely buzzing!’
The Takeover Day started with a flash mob by Nottinghamshire Rock Choir in Beeston Square at midday and ended with a silent disco at Bartons at midnight. During the 12-hour festival, well over 100 live music acts performed across Beeston as festival goers basked in the Autumnal sunshine and unusually high temperatures.
So far this year, the festival has raised a staggering £18,000, breaking the previous record from 2015. Events held over the summer including an Unplugged evening and Rock Night kick-started the fundraising effort. The fantastic turnout on Takeover Day, as well as this year’s new event Oxjam Operatic Arias on the same day, boosted the money raised to a level beyond the team’s wildest dreams. The festival organisers are particularly indebted to the generosity of this year’s headline sponsor The Star Inn (Beeston); stage sponsors NET, the University of Nottingham, CP Walker and Foster Industrial.
Colin Tucker, Festival Director said ‘Oxjam Beeston has raised over £80,000 for Oxfam since the event began in 2011. It’s a brilliant achievement that reflects the commitment of local volunteers and wider community to this worthy cause’.
However it’s not over yet! Oxjam has two more events which will help raise an even bigger sum for Oxfam. The ambitious local team are keen to break the £20,000 barrier!
Photo credit: A Touch of Frost Photography