Birmingham band The Bluebeat Arkestra are teaming up with Oxjam to play 10 shows during our festival period, playing 9 events across the Midlands, as well as an extra date in Islington. The tour, which includes four performances in one manic day on the 20th October, kicks off in Wolverhampton on 22nd of September and concludes in Coventry on the 27th October.
22nd September – Wolverhampton
12th October – Islington
13th October – Mansfield and Birmingham
19th October – Derby
20th October – Lichfield, Lincoln, Beeston, Leicester
27th October – Coventry
Their energetic shows have established them as one of Birmingham’s most exciting live acts and they will undoubtedly make a huge impression on the stages they play. We’re hoping that their commitment to the cause, as well as their growing fan-base, will encourage people to come out and support them on their Oxjam tour, helping the festival to raise even more money for Oxfam. We’re so grateful to the band for taking part in this exciting adventure.
We strongly encourage all music fans to get along to their nearest Oxjam events and be part of a month-long musical celebration right across the country. Even more importantly, Oxjam is all about showing that the best in local music can have a global impact too. Since Oxjam start in 2006, events have raised in excess of £1.8 million to fight poverty around the world. About the band: “For years we’ve been struggling, as have many reporters and reviewers, to describe our music. We consist of a drummer, guitar and bass (nothing too unusual there..) but also have trumpet, viola, synths, samplers. We have two female vocalists, Hayley, who is from a singer/songwriter background and Keji, our rapper. Whilst the genres funk, punk, dance, hip-hop, soul, drum n bass and dubstep have all been used to describe us, really we’re none of them. We’re just us and have our own sound and that’s it.”Said bassist Dave Breeze.
“We’ve had great support from OxjamBrum in the past three years.We’ve played on their no. 11 bus route, their ‘Boat that Oxjam Rocked’ event and we’ve played their takeover event the last two years. However this year we were asked to play at their conference which was held in Birmingham. We really enjoyed it and so did all of the other Oxjam reps from up and down the country. We were invited to play at a number of their events and the Bluebeat Arkestra Oxjam Takeover Tour 2012 is what has come of that.
Oxjam do so much to support local music that we’re really honoured to be a part of this – and on such a grand scale. I think amidst the great support they give and the amazing events that they put on, sometimes the real underlying point of Oxjam. It saves lives. Hundreds, Thousands, Millions. To boast playing such a big part in saving lives makes music worth so much more in a day and age when with so much music around – it often counts for very little. It’s going to be great fun, with a great cause. I really hope we help raise plenty of money.
We want to help raise as much funds for Oxjam as possible, so as well as touring for them and hopefully attracting punters to their events, we will also be releasing the first single on our record label – Hustle! Records – and donating all the proceeds to Oxjam. The single T.A.R.E (Sam Redmore Remix) is a great electronic remix of one of the songs from our last EP by Sam Redmore, a DJ from Birmingham who has also played at many Oxjam events. He DJ‘d at the Oxjam tent at Leeds festival this year, so we are both very happy to be able to contribute towards the fundraising total. The single will be available for download from 15th October, which is smack-bang in the middle of our tour!”
About Oxjam: The Bluebeat Arkestra tour is part of our Oxjam month of music, which runs through the whole of October. Oxjam is a festival with a difference: thousands of fundraising music events are put on by ordinary people – from large-scale festivals to local sponsored busks – making it the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK.
During October, more than 800 venues, 9,000 volunteers, 7,000 musicians and 150,000 audience members will enable Oxjam to raise at least £350,000 for Oxfam’s work.
The highlight of the month-long festival will be the Oxjam Takeover, a series of city-wide mini-festivals taking place in 44 locations across the UK, from the Shetlands to Torquay, during the month of October. At Takeover events, over 2000 musicians will perform to an audience of more than 40,000, all raising money to help Oxfam fight poverty worldwide
Since 2006, more than 45,000 musicians have played to an audience of more than 900,000 people at over 3,500 Oxjam events, raising in excess of £1.8 million to fight poverty around the world. Oxjam 2012 will take the total past the £2 million mark – enough to provide safe water to over 2 million people, feed 300,000 families or buy 80,000 goats!
To find out what Oxjam events are going on in your area this October, visit www.oxfam.org.uk/oxjam or call 0300 200 1255.