Oxjamrsquos Success At DIY Charity Gigs 2009: Sunday Sun

Oxjamrsquos success at DIY charity gigs

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IT might be stating the obvious, but Oxfam isn’t just about secondhand clothes and Smash Hits LPs from the 1980s. Three years ago, the country’s most recognisable charity launched Oxjam, a music event with a difference. Acknowledging that many people have grown weary of mammoth charity events, such as Live8 and Live Earth, Oxjam has been making a conscious effort to do things differently with its distinctly DIY approach to gigs. Since the launch, regional teams made up of Oxfam volunteers have organised over 2000 events across the UK, ranging from gigs and festivals, to busk-athons and discos in Oxfam shop windows. This year the charity aims to raise over &pound400,000 and added focus is being placed on the North’s rich music scene to help make this happen. So far the regional team has hosted a range of successful events.
Venturing into the open air, the organisers’ Halloween blues hoedown at the Tyne on Newcastle’s Quayside was also a triumphant display of homegrown talent, featuring the bluesy sounds of Spanish Battery, Jagged Alice and Saltlick.

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