Oxjam this weekend

Stokes Croft by Sarah Matthews

When I’ve not been working on Lionheart Magazine, freelancing or at the vintage shop, I have been working on the PR and Marketing for the Oxjam Bristol Takeover. This has been throughout the summer and involved loads of events, press releases, blogs and BBC Radio Bristol.

This is the website I have been blabbering on. It’s all over after a 19 (nineteen) hour day tomorrow. Loads of music, six venues and all for Oxjam > Oxfam. I was very keen to do some charity work early this year and Oxjam is what happened, I’ve worked hard on it, so I absolutely hope it goes well.


Here’s my latest post:

Takeover day is nearly beginning…

Normally adverse to the exclamation marks in writing, I’ve realised that most of the posts I have written have had titles with exclamation marks at the end. As well as throughout each post. Oooh the over the top nature of it all! But trust, it’s pure enthusiasm for our amazing events. I have not been over the top in my pre-event and post event articulation of joys, shown through the power of the ‘!’. Sometimes capital letters work even better than exclamation marks – they also replicate a loud speaker. Ahem:


The generosity of the bands, venues, volunteers and good people of Bristol have helped change lives, such as you can see here:

Now it’s time for the TAKEOVER. This is the BIG ONE. We can raise an enormous amount of money, whilst having a fantastic time enjoying THIRTEEN HOURS of live music from local artists. Local music, global impact.

Bristol has – and continues to – produce some of the best acts in the country, come, watch, enjoy, dance etc. to the merry beat of the city’s loved and respected music scene. A fiesta! Tomorrow, head down to Stokes Croft, you can purchase tickets in advance from WeGotTickets, or at the Canteen tomorrow.

And here is my press release, which I don’t believe/I will not have to rewrite as I wrote it. I’m mainly putting it in so you can see the list of events/how much we’ve done.

It’s here, Oxjam Bristol Takeover, this Saturday!

Over 35 Acts * Six Venues * From 1pm – 2am * October 22nd

THE OXJAM Bristol Team are delighted to present a multitude of local music acts, playing across six venues in the Stokes Croft/Gloucester Road area. Folk, dance, classical, funk, jazz, whatever you’re into, the idea is that everyone has a good time, as well as raising funds for Oxfam’s vital work.

Oxjam Bristol Takeover Manager Carrie-Anne Lewis said: “I’m really excited about all the bands we have playing on the 22nd and about the buzz we’ve already generated, with many people I’ve encountered already having heard about the event.

“It’s going to be fantastic and I’d encourage everyone to come on down to Stokes Croft next Saturday.  There’s something for everyone on the line up and it’s all for a great cause – but we’re not asking people to throw money in a bucket, we asking them to buy a ticket for a damn good time!”

In the lead up to the Takeover the Oxjam Bristol team have hosted a number of events, including, film nights at ShOp on Christmas Steps; quizzes with Paul Parry; face panting at the Puppetry festival hosted by The Tobacco Factory; waxing Pigpen Social’s Russ Spollin and Oxjam Bristol Production Co-ordinator Richard Fogerty, c/o The Treatment Rooms; a gospel evening and SIX brilliant gigs!

Carrie-Anne Lewis said: “I’m thrilled with our efforts. We’ve made £2,500 so far and are well on our way to hitting our £7,000 target with the Takeover.”

Oxjam Regional Support Executive Sandie-Jay Smith said: “The Oxjam Bristol Takeover team have already done wonderful things over the summer and I can’t wait to see such an abundance of local talent showcased this Saturday.”
Acts playing on Saturday include:

Ten Pound Suit Band: (The Attic at 7pm)
With covers like Prodigy’s Breathe, this folk band are high tempo, dance in merriment, excitable folk rock. Jazz influences, ‘psychobilly’ and tongue in cheek drama.

Ruth Royall: (Leftbank at 11.15pm)
Sensual Jazz Blues, Ruth’s smooth voice, clear and effortless in its execution, is powerful and all encompassing. Her own writing mixed with the sounds of classic jazz, make for a sparkling star like presence.

Clayton Blizzard: (The Attic, 10pm)
Rap/folk poet; intelligent, autobiographical, political, honest, original and Bristol proud. Unafraid of making statements on everything under the sun, Blizzard’s a captivating performer with Bristol talent in his veins.

Headlining Cafe Kino, Emily Teague: (9.15pm)
Wild like the beautiful breeze through fields by the sea. Wholesome, hugely talented and with a band of magnificence. This acoustic folk artist has a sound you will want to take home and repeat forever more.

Headlining The Attic, Three Kings High: (1am)
This regal band mix their beats and indie melodies together with hip hop, in super style. Honest stories and truths surrounding living and working in England make like ye classic folk, but are transformed with funky bass.

Oxjam Bristol Takeover Production Co-ordinator, Richard Fogerty said:
“Putting together the Takeover has been a lot of hard work, but also so much fun. You get to meet so many lovely and interesting people along the way. The day itself is going to be a real buzz, the sense of achievement when everything goes well is so rewarding and knowing it’s all for such a great cause can’t be underestimated.”

Alongside their events, the Team have also been running a raffle, to be drawn at the Takeover. Prizes include flights to Dublin c/o Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann; a Papadeli Hamper; local artwork; festival tickets and a day at The Bristol Relaxation Centre. Commenting on the event Aer Arann’s Media & Communications Manager, Aoife Donohoe said: “Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann is delighted to support the Oxjam Bristol Takeover. Congratulations to all the event organisers and volunteers, we wish you every success for what promises to be a fantastic event on 22nd October.”

Since the first festival in 2006, Oxjam has raised more than £1.5 million in total for Oxfam’s work. That’s enough to buy 13,000 emergency shelters; 60,000 goats or 900 classrooms.

Oxfam is a vibrant global movement of dedicated people fighting poverty. Together. From saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livelihoods, to campaigning for change that lasts.


2 thoughts on “Oxjam this weekend

  1. Rich

    Lovely article, shame for the one mistake… Emily Teague is playing at 9.45 not 9.15 – but good advice to get there early to get a good spot!


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