Oxjam Brixton 2011…how was it for you?
Last weekend, that amazing event that somehow manages to get: a huge bunch of talent, a whole host of venues and big pile of money raised for charity all in one night, graced Brixton once more.
Brixton beats caught up with one of the organisers, Nick to find out how it all went. But if you were there, why not share some of the best moments of the event for you? Who was the highlight? Why? Where?…
Bb: So, how did Oxjam 2011 go?
Oxjam Brixton was a really amazing event this year! We had a great turn out, treated Brixtonites to some incredible musical performances and raised loads of money for Oxfam in the process. As a whole, Oxjam has raised over £300,000 (and counting) this year and has been a massive success and we were lucky enough at Oxjam Brixton to have the chance to give Brixton a festival to remember!
Bb: For those that couldn’t make it – what is it all about?
Oxjam 2011 is basically a month of music events throughout October which are all organised by volunteers who know and love music. This weekend saw the Oxjam Takeovers happening around London. Oxjam Brixton took over four iconic venues for an all-day party! Hosting us were The Dogstar, Upstairs at the Ritzy, The Windmill and Plan B. With music ranging from gypsy jazz to noise rock to drum’n'bass there was something for everyone to get in to the festival spirit!
Bb: It’s probably a tough question, but who were the highlight acts on Sunday?
Wow that is such a hard one…there were so many amazing performances on the day but for me, the BAC (Battersea Arts Centre) Beatbox Academy who opened The Dogstar with MC Angel absolutely blew me away, obviously Nu:tone and Logistics absolutely smashed it at Plan B whilst I had the privilege of listening to Beaty Heart at The Windmill for the first time. Upstairs at the Ritzy was completely packed from start to finish but I managed to squeeze in to listen to Jon Nickoll, the savoy pianist, who was phenomenal!
Bb: How much money did you raise?
We’re still waiting for the exact amount to be confirmed, but I’ll let you know as soon as we do.
Bb: Do you have plans for 2012? Too early to ask!?
I’m sure the 2012 event will be bigger and better. Oxjam is fast becoming a part of the vibrant musical heritage of Brixton and we’ll be back for another Takeover event next year!