Oxjam Tunbridge Wells Takeover, 12 October

Oxjam Tunbridge Wells Takeover, 12 October

Musicians in Tunbridge Wells will play their part in the UK’s biggest ever charity music festival.

Over 40 local musicians and bands including Ugly Love, The Breretons, The Harveys and Electric River will be performing in 7 venues all over Tunbridge Wells as part of Oxjam, the UK’s biggest music festival. The show on Saturday 12th October, which also features Sean de Burca and Matt Pound & Lieutenant Leek will be raising money for Oxfam’s work fighting poverty around the world.

Oxjam is a festival with a difference: thousands of fundraising music events are put on during October by ordinary people – from large-scale festivals to local sponsored busks – making it the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK. The highlight of the month-long festival will be the Oxjam Takeover, a series of city-wide mini-festivals taking place in 62 locations across the UK, from Shetland to Torquay. Over 2000 musicians will perform to an audience of more than 40,000, all raising money to help Oxfam fight poverty worldwide. 

7 Venues are being taken over on Saturday 12th October for the Oxjam Tunbridge Wells Takeover: The Forum, The Cake Shed, The Duke of York, The Bedford, The Black Pig, The Royal Oak, Bar Kitsch (The Wells Kitchen).

The Duke of York will be the Oxjam Hub where you can find out about the festival, buy wristbands, enter the raffle and take part in other prize giveaways. The rest of the venues will be Oxjam stages, with each venue representing a different genre of music. The Forum will be filled with Ska Punk acts, the Royal Oak will be Rock, the Cake Shed will be Acoustic. You can buy a wristband which will grant entry into all venues for either £10 on the night, or £8 in advance. All proceeds will go to Oxfam. Tickets are available online via the Oxjam TW website: www.oxjamtw.co.uk 

Rosie Mockett, who is organising the event, said: “Oxjam has been going since 2009 and this is the first year that Tunbridge Wells is being taken over. We have a vibrant and brilliant music scene, which extends from the top right down to the bottom of town. By coordinating all of the venues, we’re hoping to put on a brilliant night which shows off the best of our local talent and at the same time, raise life-changing amounts of money for Oxfam.” 

During October, more than 800 venues, 9,000 volunteers, 7,000 musicians and 150,000 audience members will help make Oxjam bigger and better than ever.