UK’s biggest charity music festival hits Clapham High Street


Oxjam saw thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of music lovers unite in a bid to fight poverty.


By Sara Hailan

Oxfam took over Clapham High Street in the UK’s biggest charity music festival, raising over £5,000 on Saturday.

The festival saw thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of fans making music in a bid to fight poverty in their communities.  

Nic Connaughto​n, festival manager, stated that the energy of a live music gig as a fundraising aid was very effective.

He said: “With such a strong line-up and supportive venues we made sure the day was one big party for all.”

The over 18’s event has been much likened to Camden Crawl, with a £10 wristband giving access to six sites throughout the day.

The Whitehouse, Secondo and Arch 365 were just some of the venues open to over 600 attendees.

He added: “We never lost sight of the fact that we are making real change in the world, even if that is only for one child, family or community.”

For the sixth year running, Oxjam Takeover Festival made their mark on the UK with an array of music performances from folk and indie to electronic and urban sounds.

Mr Connaughto​n explained why Clapham was chosen to host the event.

He said: “Clapham has such a rich music history but has never held an Oxjam before.

“We wanted to show the richness and diversity of music, not only of Clapham, but all of South West London.”

James Rogers, guitarist and vocalist from indie band The Half Light from Balham, reaffirmed this.

He said: “As it was an all day festival there was a bit of an extra buzz and there was a really good feel about the whole event.

“Going back to Arch 635 where we played one of our very first gigs was a nice touch. The venues were all bouncing. What a top day!”

The month long festival will travel all over the UK and launch in Kilburn and Shepherd’s Bush this Saturday.

The past three years has seen 86 Takeover events raise £325,000 for Oxfam.

Mr Connaughto​n, was delighted with this year’s turnout.

He said: “As a first year festival in a tough economic climate we are very happy with the outcome. The event was a resounding success.”

He urged people to continue donating: “Every penny counts and every pound donated on Takeover Day will go directly to Oxfam.”

Oxjam hope to make the festival more family friendly next year, with an under 18’s battle of the bands competition and a designated family area.

Mr Connaughton added: “Watch this space!”

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