After a successful run last year, with 12,000 people attending more than 180 events nationwide, Oxjam is back in Australia this August. The month-long festival — which has been running for almost a decade in the UK — is organised by Oxfam Australia, with the focus of fighting poverty all over the world through music.
The program features a mix of intimate backyard shows and larger headliner events in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, whereby people are invited to get involved either by hosting their own gig or attending one. Either way, the money raised through these events will go directly toward Oxfam's effort to combat poverty in communities by providing clean water, balancing gender inequalities and establishing safety through access to emergency resources.
The official Sydney launch event will be put on by UNDR Ctrl and include performances by Roland Tings and Rainbow Chan. I OH YOU presents the headliner show in Melbourne, featuring The Peep Tempel, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and more. And in Brisbane, the TBC club will put on their Raise the Roof event. Yet everyone, veteran gig-hosters and music lovers alike, are encouraged to put on their own events as well. Check out this helpful page for tips on how to get started and Oxfam's idea-inspiring video featuring this year's Oxjam ambassadors Megan Washington and Art vs. Science.
To provide even more incentive to register your own event, Oxjam has just announced their "Win a Headliner" competition, where three winners are promised a headliner DJ set featuring either the One Day collective, Cub Sport or PVT at their own personal gig.
More information available at the Oxjam website.