Oxjam is Oxfam’s month-long music festival. It runs all through October with hundreds of events around the UK, all organised by volunteers who know and love their local music scene, all raising money to save lives around the world. Sheffield’s contribution this year is the city’s biggest yet.
A two day extravaganza of local musical talent across all genres in a variety of venues. Wristbands are £7 and allow you entry in to every venue for no additional charges but all venues will be available for event for £4 each as well.
The stand-out line-up so far for me is:
The Velcro Teddybears, The Sweet Nothings, Birch House Brothers,Cut Your Wings, Jube, Black Cat/White Cat & Pocket Satellite on Sunday 23rd October at The Royal Standard.
Keep an eye out on the listings page or the Oxjam Takeover page for the full line-ups but the likes of obLONG, Dan Williamson, Scrim, The Hope Explosion, Pink Sharabang & many more will also be playing at venues around the city centre.Cats:For:Peru-Toy Train
2.Sarah Mac, Anna Haigh, Nat Mortimer, Laura Hegarty, Les femmes fatales, Clara and Sosa-Xa ON Saturday 22nd October at The Red House (free)
“It’s Breast cancer month again and since I’m still too unfit to do the Race for Life I’ve once more organised Jolie en Rose. Female performers from around Sheffield are helping to turn the Redhouse on Solly Street Pink,”Sarah Mac-Everybody Knows
3. Herman Dune on Wednesday 19th October @ The Harley (£10)
Herman Dun are a folk pop duo from France, who have been around since the end of the last century. They are not Swedish! Strange Moosic, their 10th (I think) album was released this year and it is rather lovely.Herman Dune – My Home is Nowhere Without You
4. Polarsets & Starlings on Wednesday 19th October at The Forum (Free)
Polarsets are a bouncy sun-soaked three-piece from Newcastle. They have the pedigree of not only being released by Neon Gold Records but also having a track on the latest Kitsune Mansion compilation. Mixing Sheffield’s rich musical traditions with the Balearic sound of the likes of Foals, Starlings are on to a real winner. It’s a catchy and unique sound which embodies Sheffield past and future.Polarsets – Morning
5. Little Robots & The Biddy Fiddlers on Thursday 20th October at The Riverside (Free)
With so much going on in our fair city I’ve not really had time to praise what Opus Acoustics are doing down at The Riverside every Thursday. They’ve had some great line-ups recently and this is yet another. Little Robots are “Lightly plucked ukuleles, bluesy vocals and close knit harmonies. A new-folk kind of band.”Little Robots – Devil and the Deep Blue Sea