Back in July I decided that enough was enough. It’s constantly in the back of my mind that I want to organise live music events and I have all of the means, ability and resources to do it, but for some reason I’ve been dragging my heels! So I contacted Oxjam who put me in touch with my local Oxjam team leader and we set up a meeting. Fast forward to October and we have been working hard organising this 6 venue music festival that will take place on Saturday 17th of October in Brixton.
My role has been venue coordinator. I was tasked with securing live music venues across Brixton (FOC as we had no budget at all) and making the arrangements for the day. It has been tough, especially as I have a full time event management job, which has me travelling to different countries at least once a Month. But I have loved every second of it; from working with a new team to negotiating hard with venues on freebies.
Over the weekend we met with some of the volunteers who will be helping us out on the day and it was incredible to see how many people are willing to give up their time to help us with this event and therefore helping Oxjam with their fundraising.
Saturday 17th October will see some of Brixton’s best local talent performing at 6 awesome venues! We will be taking over: The Windmill, Upstairs at The Ritzy, long-standing music venue Club 414, The White Horse, Markethouse and the newly opened, Blues Kitchen.
As can be expected, some venues were a lot easier to work with than others in Brixton and this project has opened my eyes to a lot of the politics that surround bars and clubs. There has been a lot of press lately about the gentrification of Brixton and what this means for local venues. After speaking to a couple of the venue owners and seeing various places close down in the past few months as well as hearing of more foreseeing closure, I wonder what will come of Brixton.
I’ve grown up in South London and seen the drastic change in appearance and attitude toward Brixton. It used to be a place one feared to go to or even go through and now it seems like the hottest destination. That is certainly not a bad thing but what of the venues and residents being pushed out by rising rent prices?
In the meantime lets enjoy all of the awesome music Brixton offers. Genres of music performed will cover everything from rock, indie, folk and blues, to house, dance and electronic music. Different to other Oxjam’s across the country, at Oxjam Brixton there will also be live comedy acts taking place on the day, one of which is the winner of the stand-up competition, Comedy Virgins at The Cavendish Arms – Jamie Oliphant.
The event is just £10 entrance, to be paid on the door or online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/331599, with all proceeds going towards Oxfam’s work fighting global poverty.
More information on Oxjam can be found at:
Oxjam Brixton: https://www.oxjambrixton.org
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/oxjambrixton?fref=ts
Tickets can be bought here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/331599