Oxfam Society to host music festival for poverty

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Popular music festival Oxjam is set to hit Lancaster University on February 17th at 7pm for a night of live music.

For one night only Lonsdale, Pendle and Fylde bars will be transformed into musical venues hosting twelve amazing acts.

Oxfam Society representative and Event Organiser Lucy Searles, explained that the event, along with raising money for Oxfam, is “also about raising awareness of what Oxfam actually does and the current campaigns it will be running.

“We will have lots of promotional information in each bar and members of the society handing it out, so if people have questions they can ask us. We are also looking at having someone from the society chat about the campaigns while the bands are changing over,” she said.

The line-up is set to include Innamorata, False Flag Operation, Our Day Remains, Underwater Gunfight, Skant Handful, Fundamental, Alex Carrington, Holly Sutton, Fables, Julian Leto and others which are yet to be confirmed.

Lonsdale bar will be home to an Indie/Rock stage, with Funk/Jazz in Pendle bar and Acoustic in Fylde bar, “so whatever music people like they should be able to find something that interests them or dip into all 3 stages,” Searles commented.

As a Lancaster University graduate, Alex Carrington told SCAN that “it is always a pleasure to come back every once in a while and perform.

“I commend the organisers for making it happen and I encourage students to come out in their masses and simply support their local music scene whilst doing their bit for charity.”

Lead Guitarist of Our Day Remains, Eshi Musaji, displayed further excitement for the event saying that “ODR are proud to be performing at the Oxjam Lancaster” which he describes as “a fantastic opportunity for ourselves and all that attend to be part of a global team dedicated to fighting poverty.”

With the Oxjam ticket also permitting free entry to an after party at Dalton Rooms in Lancaster City Centre, it seems a night not to be missed. Tickets are available from Alexandra Square for £5 from a date that will soon be confirmed on the
Facebook event page. Tickets will also be available by request through the Facebook event page ‘Oxjam Lancaster 2012’.

You can also follow the event on Twitter @OxjamLancs, where videos and recordings of the bands playing will be uploaded.

“What better way to support charity than having as much fun as possible with our instruments?” asked Underwater Gunfight’s lead singer, Natasha Gilbert. Oxjam is an ideal “respite from the dreaded doom and gloom of second term work” she went on, urging students to “treat [themselves] and relax, all in the name of a good cause.”

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