Oxford based global charity Oxfam launch their 5th annual money raising music festival, Oxjam, this week in London with exclusive intimate gigs in the Oxfam shop on Kingsland Road, Dalston. Tonight 150 people squeeze in between the racks of clothes and CDs to witness Fatboy Slim hit the decks.
It’s a full on rave vibe with Man Like Me and Kissy Sell Out warming up the crowd. By the time Fatboy Slim takes to the makeshift stage in this shop, it feels like a sweaty warehouse party circa 1998, albeit one you can still shop in the bargain vinyl bin while the acts play.
If there’s one person who never fails to get the party started it’s Fatboy Slim. Who better to kick off the Oxjam Music Festival for 2011?
Norm takes us on a 90 minute journey showcasing what he does best, spinning some very big beats from house to funk to techno. Everything from Michael Jackson to The White Stripes to Cee-lo Green to Adele and everything in-between, all with added bass.
Things continue this week at the Kingsland Road Oxfam with Britpop legend Brett Anderson, Patrick Wolf and Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet on Tuesday, Charlie Simpson and Benjamin Francis Leftwich on Wednesday then the DRC Music album launch on Thursday featuring DJ sets from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Richard Russell, Kwes and James Yuill.
The month long festival will see hundreds of music events organised by volunteers in their local music venues, all raising money for Oxfam worldwide. Since 2006, Oxjam music events have raised £1.5 million for the people around the world who need it most. For more information, go to: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/Oxjam
Words by Alison Kerry