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We have a full page in the Beestonian, issue 53! Read it online, or pick up a copy in a café, and turn to page 15!
OXJAM: We're Off!
A packed ‘Unplugged’ event kicked off Oxjam Beeston 2017 on Saturday 1st July. A supportive and enthusiastic audience appreciated the diversity of music on offer as well as the real ale, wine and curry provided by the good people of the Middle Street Resource Centre.
All of the artists - folk-punk singer Paul Carbuncle, Hungarian folk-rock group ‘Foreign Accent’, Celtic tunesmiths Steve and Penny Benford and two generations of singer songwriters: Lucia Holmes and Colin Tucker - will be appearing at Takeover on 14 October. For pictures, video-clips and a more detailed review of the evening, visit the Oxjam Beeston website or our Facebook page. ‘Unplugged’ was a joint event between Oxjam and Beeston Community Resource/MINDSET.
If you visited the brilliant Beeston Carnival you may well have seen Oxjam there too with a stall offering free goodies, flyers for our various events, tickets and, of course, some live music.
We are currently seeking sponsors for the Festival. Businesses large and small can become sponsors - we’re glad to say ‘The Star’ and CP Walker have signed up to be major sponsors - others so far include PN Design, The Breeze, Cllr Kate Foale (grant from Divisional Fund) and Second Time Around Folk Club. If you are a large business, maybe you can sponsor a Takeover stage or one of our separate fund-raising events. Small businesses and individuals can become a ‘Friend of Oxjam’ by making a donation of as little as £50. Go to our website and look at the Sponsorship Prospectus. www.oxjambeeston. org The more we can raise from sponsorship, the more we can raise for Oxfam! 2017 COULD be our best ever!
We are also beginning to sign up volunteers to help out on Takeover day (14 October). Go to our website and complete the form.
Want to perform at Oxjam 2017? Venues are being finalised at the time of writing - go to the website for the latest information. We are looking for performers of all sorts of music: rock, rap, ‘covers’, indie, punk, blues, folk, metal, jazz, funk and punk - anything, in fact, performed by any size combo from solo acoustic to loud rock and large community choirs. Again, visit the website!
Tickets are now available online for the Oxjam Beeston Takeover at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/412160
Tickets can also be bought from Oxfam Books and Music Beeston and The Guitar Spot.
Oxjam Beeston 2017 – Save the date!
The local Oxjam team are excited to announce that for the seventh year running Beeston will be hosting the very popular and successful Oxjam Music Festival with events planned in July, October and November.
Oxjam is a major fundraiser for Oxfam and also the UK’s largest music festival. Taking place in towns and cities across the UK, volunteers celebrate music in their local communities by organising their own events in aid of Oxfam. Beeston is firmly on the Oxjam map having raised over £60,000 all for Oxfam, and ranking in the top 3 Oxjam fundraisers for the last 3 years.
Since embarking on their fantastic Oxjam journey in 2011, Beeston has built up the festival from nothing to a very successful community event of which the town is very proud. Over the years several hundred artists have performed for free, including local successes, chart topping St Raymond and The Voice finalist Lia White. Equally important to Oxjam Beeston is the generosity of residents, organisations and businesses in the local community eager to give their time, resources or skills to this worthwhile cause.
Here are the Oxjam Beeston 2017 dates for your diary!
- 1st July - Oxjam Unplugged – an evening of acoustic and semi-acoustic music at Middle Street Resource Centre
- 14 October 2017 – “The Takeover” - 12 hours of music from more than 80 acts in bars, cafes and other venues throughout the town centre.
- 11th November - Classical Oxjam – an evening of classical music at Beeston Parish Church
- 24th November - Oxjam Ceilidh – foot stomping music to dance to from the Beeston Ceilidh Collective at the Royal British Legion
Want to get involved?
As always we need help to make the event better than ever!
Does your band want to take part?
Would you or your business like to be a sponsor?
Could you be a volunteer at the Takeover?
Lewis Stainer from Be Seen Photography has created this video showing the highlights of the Oxjam Beeston Takeover, with an impressive variety of artists and venues!
Everyone Can Sing at the Methodist Church