Oxfam Australia has today revealed the first wave of artists confirmed to perform at OXJAM this August.
OXJAM is a month-long festival of gigs raising funds to help fight poverty around the world.
Oxfam has partnered with MTV Australia to officially launch OXJAM in style on 30 July at MTV HQ, showing budding club promoters, venues, artists and party-lovers how easy it is to organise their own Gig For Good. The inaugural event will see Cosmo’s Midnight and Set Mo gracing the decks at an exclusive event in Sydney.
Following suit is Sydney-based music and touring agency, UNDR ctrl, which will be throwing a 1st birthday bash at the beloved Oxford Art Factory on 1 August, featuring Sydney duo, Olympic Ayres, house-loving DJs and producers Set Mo and ‘80s synth-electro duo Tear Council (made up of Van She / Du Tonc’s Matt Van Shie and Touch Sensitive aka Michael Di Francesco).
Hosting a string of parties across the country on 6 August, Noisey have locked-in venues The Chippendale Hotel in Sydney, The Grace Darling in Melbourne and The Haunt in Brisbane. Our friends at The Bird over on the West Coast will also be hosting a soulful OXJAM night with Mei Saraswati, Nat Mae and Ladywood on 6 August.
Independent record label and promoter, I Oh You, will be flying the OXJAM flag in Melbourne, with dance-pop quartet World’s End Press, existential optimist Sunbeam Sound Machine and soulful future RnB duo Fortunes representing the local scene at Shadow Electric on 15 August. Meanwhile, the gang behind the Motorik record label will be bringing their finest techno A-game to Spice in Sydney on 22 August with support from Kim, Stereogamous, Francis Xavier and more to be announced.
Purple Sneakers, one of Australia’s most prominent niche music blogs, will hold three massive OXJAM parties across the nation, with triple j radio announcer, Matt Okine, hosting the Brisbane event.
Monthly party-for-a-cause Sydney institution, Heaps Gay, are set to take over Goodgod Small Club with a dose of their flamboyant Heaps Good event on 28 August featuring Baby Face Thrilla, Cache One and Lakemba Ladies. Sydney hip hop collective One Day will be throwing their last ever party at The Factory Theatre on 30 August. Famous for their first-class Sunday parties, this tight-knit crew will have their own residents, Joyride, Adit and Raph see out the final bash in style.
OXJAM spokesperson Simone O’Connor is thrilled to see so many labels, artists and bands getting behind OXJAM and inspiring others to throw their own party against poverty.
“OXJAM is going to be an amazing month and we are so excited to have such huge talent getting involved and standing up against poverty,” Ms O’Connor said. “The power of music is truly awesome.”
Last week, Australian singer-songwriter, Asta announced that she will be embarking on a national tour in collaboration with OXJAM with $1 from every ticket sale being donated to Oxfam.
Anyone can get involved in OXJAM by putting on a gig or party of their own. All it takes is a living room or backyard, a group of mates and a couple of bucks donation to show your support for local music and help change lives around the world. To register an OXJAM party or buy tickets to any of the above events go to www.oxjam.org.au.
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