Sounds of Oxjam To Hit Sowerby Bridge
by Steve Crabtree – @stevecrab
And you thought the festival season was well and truly over! But with the Oxjam festival returning to Calderdale, those who live for live music are in for a day of some of the best music that the Halifax and further afield music scene has to offer.
Last year’s festival was a massive hit, and 2019’s is set to be even bigger. Oxjam takes over Sowerby Bridge’s pubs, bars, cafes and shops on Saturday, October 12. There’s more than 50 live performances throughout the day. The festival is free whilst raising money for Oxfam and it’s one of the biggest events of its kind. 16 others take place around the country.
Bands, singers and musicians will be rocking Sowerby, alongside DJ sets, workshops, family activities, games, stalls and food. On the bill this year is The Revelator Band, Able’s Army, The Tragics and Brigantes, as well as solo singers Tim Whiteley, Dean Finelli and Millie Milner. Youth acts include Eve Perkis, Finn and Blossom and Ellie Telford.
For the first time, DJs will form part of the line-up, with Sonorous Sounds taking over The Navigation all day.
Other venues taking part include Hollins Mill, The Bull On The Bridge, The Blind Pig, Hogs Head Brew House, The Moorings, Cobblestones, Kuja and Trinkette.
“A grand platform for grassroots music”
There is also plenty going on besides music. Moonbeam is holding family activities all afternoon, and young visitors can enjoy facepainting at The Commercial Inn alongside other fun sessions. Between midday and 4pm, families can drop into a giant junkyard craft session at the Old Fire Station, before the Fire and Water Community Choir take to the stage, followed by more music performances into the night.
Festival organiser Michael Gee said: “Last year’s festival was a huge success with more than 2,000 people attending to enjoy a day of great music from a huge range of performers. Oxjam is such a grand platform for grassroots music. And we’ve got dozens of talented artists on the bill again this year.”
“It’s fantastic to see so many people engage with the charity. And we hope to raise even more money this year.”
Last year’s festival raised £2,000 for Oxfam. That’s the equivalent to helping save the lives of 300 people by being able to access clean water in disaster zones.
The Oxjam team also works with Calderdale College to give production training and experience to music technology students. It also works as a platform for many young artists who gain gigging experience.