Oxjam: The Bristol Takeover

What is Oxjam?

Oxjam is the Oxfam-owned, nation-wide music festival that runs throughout October with every size and genre of event imaginable taking place throughout the UK. The festival began in 2006 and aimed to create new networks of music lovers with one shared goal of raising money for poverty and suffering worldwide. Through a combination of citywide ‘takeovers’, some 2,500 musicians are expected to play to more than 100,000 people.

Despite Fatboy Slim kicking off proceedings at Oxfam’s Dalston Shop earlier in the month and Mystery Jets also popping up at a few stores across the UK, on the whole the festival remains a grassroots event, with the main focus being on local artists and venues celebrating within their own communities.

Oxjam festival venue

When and where is the Bristol Takeover?

Oxjam comes to Bristol on 15 October and takes place in multiple venues throughout Stokes Croft including No.51, Love Inn, Crofters Rights, Leftbank, Arts House, Old England and The Canteen. This year’s stages are being brought to you by BIMM, Jelli Records, Shapes, Access 2 Music and Sofar Sounds.

Stokes Croft Bristol

Ones to watch?

Hailed as ‘one of the most talented up and coming artists in Britain’ by Steve Yabsley (BBC Radio Bristol), Makala Cheung is a singer/songwriter spanning a breadth of genres from trip-hop, RnB, pop and electro, with a unique nod to her Chinese heritage. She can be seen this weekend at Leftbank.

Blending funky dance music with sprinkles of rock, Funkinsteins are gracing the Old England for the Oxjam celebrations. They are a three-piece band with a reputation for crafting a truly original sound with slap bass, melodic guitar and innovative drum breaks professionally arranged and produced with a variety of synths.

Multiple influences can be heard from Bristol locals and Oxjam headliners Three Kings High who are sure to put on an explosive live show with their guitar heavy, riff-led brand of indie rock. They can be found in the Old England pub, keen to showcase their newest album They Think They’re People.

ThreeKingsHigh Bristol

Get involved

There are still ways to get involved in the Bristol Takeover even if you haven’t registered as a gig maker or performer by now, with volunteers needed for a variety of tasks including venue entry, wristband exchange and the street team.

If you’re over 18, available for five hours on 15 October and keen to get stuck in, email oxjam.bristol@gmail.com more information.


Tickets on sale now from wegottickets.com £6 ADV, £8 OTD. Tickets will be exchanged for wristbands on the day at The Canteen.