Events, General, Media Releases, Other events article written on the 05 Aug 2016

OXJAM, the month-long music festival that raises money to help Oxfam fight poverty around the world, kicks off with gigs in Melbourne and Brisbane tonight after last weekend’s all-star official launch with MTV Australia in Sydney.

Taste making label and party gurus I OH YOU will host a rock’n’roll affair at Melbourne’s Howler tonight, featuring Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Peep Tempel, Wet Lips and more. Brisbane’s party loving venue TBC Club will represent the sunny state with “House Mates” – a DIY house party club night of local legends.

Last year 12,000 partygoers attended more than 180 OXJAM gigs across the nation, raising tens of thousands of dollars for Oxfam Australia’s work. In its second year, the music festival will again feature hundreds of locally organised music events run by music-lovers and partygoers.

This year three lucky DIY gig-makers have won their dream acts to DJ at their OXJAM party. CUB Sport will be heading over to HOME FEST in Brisbane, where the winners have transformed their house into a magical live indoor musical venue. PVT will join DOMINIQUES to launch their EP for OXJAM in Lismore and One Day will be heading over to OXJAM x Silk Pyjamas RNB and hip hop party in Sydney.

Oxfam has exciting DIY gigs happening around the country – from bonfire nights to garden warehouses, nana punk jams and all day mini fests at the local lawn bowls club.

OXJAM gig-maker and 2016 fundraising winner Nick Jenkin said he was excited to be part of OXJAM again.

“We got involved because it is just such a great cause,” Nick said. “Also, Melbourne does live musicso well and with all proceeds going to Oxfam, everyone wanted to get involved. The whole day had a good vibe because we were doing what we love but also giving back. It just took a little bit of planning to pull off a great event for a great cause.”

Don’t miss the launch video – which features much-loved dance trio Art vs Science competing with Washington (including triple j’s Matt Okine, Bag Raiders, Basenji and Thandi Phoenix) for the ultimate house party theme. Watch here.

Punters who think they have a better house party theme than Washington or Art vs Science can still enter to be part of the biggest party against poverty and everyone’s invited to get involved in an OXJAM launch event or DIY party with some of Australia’s best musicians and industry pals.

Entry information and help to throw an OXJAM gig – from industry tips and equipment to ticketing and toolkits – is available at the OXJAM website.

One in three people around the world live in poverty. Funds raised at OXJAM gigs go towards helping Oxfam fight poverty and injustice. Saving the world has never sounded so good.

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