Charity Music Festival Announced

A charity music festival has been announced for the weekend of October 19th, with proceeds going to Oxfam in a bid to fight global poverty.

The Steel City Takeover will form part of Oxfam’s month-long Oxjam festival, which involves hundreds of events throughout the UK, all in aid of the organisation.

The festival will feature some of the best musical talent in Sheffield, spread around five different venues in the city centre, with a single wristband providing access to all events.

While Oxjam is yet to confirm a line-up, it promises to include various genres and have a focus on showcasing the best grassroots talent. Last year The Great Gatsby, Green Room, The Washington and The Bowery all featured live acts as part of the festivities, while there were numerous fund raising events before the festival, including a Battle of the Bands and a Salsa Night.

Oxjam has existed since 2006, with more than 40,000 musicians having taken part and over £1.75 million being raised. According to Oxfam, this equates to 5,000 emergency shelters, 70,000 goats or 1050 classrooms.

The festival has cemented its position as the biggest in the UK, with over 3,000 events having taken place since its inception. Oxjam has a history of diverse events, from sponsored busks on top of mountains to homecoming house parties. The festival has also earned the support of several high profile celebrities, including the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Fatboy Slim, Damon Albarn and Hot Chip.

Volunteers from the Steel City Takeover team recently earned £270 worth of donations by wearing Star Wars costumes on May 4th – International Star Wars Day – at Sheffield Train Station. The proceeds were given directly to Oxfam’s emergency Syria appeal.

The Oxfam site is currently advertising for volunteers and for people who want to organise events in their own area. Musicians can  also apply to perform at one of the events.

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