With just one week to go before the eighth Oxjam Leicester Takeover, festival manager Beth Piggot looks ahead to five things to look forward to on Takeover day, on 28th October:
1. The return of the Oxjam Beer
Leicester is so lucky to have some really great micro-breweries in the area. This year Market Harborough Brewery is back at Oxjam with a beer specially brewed for the festival. The beer will be available at The Shed, Manhattan 34 and Exchange Bar, and for each bottle purchased 30p will be donated to Oxjam. The Ale Wagon will also have a festival special, with a donation to Oxjam for every pint bought.
This year we’ve got the non-beer drinkers sorted as well. The talented mixologists at Manhattan 34 are busy creating an Oxjam Cocktail and I can’t wait to try it! There will be a donation to Oxjam for every cocktail sold on the day. The team will be raising a glass before the night is over.
3. The best of local music and beyond
So much great music. We have such an amazing line-up, once again this year, with bands from as far away as Leeds, and acts signing up to play almost as soon as last year’s festival was finished. It’s been a challenge trying to fit all of the great bands in, and now we have a jam-packed lineup of 50 bands. Make sure you take a look at the clashfinder, our social media, and website ahead of the Takeover and get planning.
4. Fabulous prizes from the Oxjam Raffle
This year’s raffle is the best yet, and celebrates the best of the music and festivals scene from across the midlands. We have prizes generously donated from 110 Above Festival, Handmade Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, DMU International Jazz series, The Shed, Manhattan 34, and Glitterbug Burlesque. Tickets are only £1 each, and will be available from the box office on Takeover day.
5. Raising lots of money for Oxfam’s work around the world
It’s what the festival is all about! Oxfam does amazing work around the world, and believes that in a world rich in resources, poverty isn’t inevitable. We put together the festival each year to raise vital funds so that Oxfam can find long-term, sustainable solutions to the root causes of poverty, campaign tomake sure the voices of the world's poorest people are heard loud and clear, and respond to emergencies.