Oxjam Glastonbury & Street – October 12th – November 1st

Central Somerset is gearing up to what promises to be a fantastic community event with its upcoming Oxjam Glastonbury & Street 2014 Festival. Eight live music events in different venues at different time and dates, and featuring the cream of musical talent across the area, are being held to raise money for Oxfam and offer the chance to win prizes for lucky music fans. Oxjam is held every year across the globe by the Oxfam charity. They are live local music events organised by voluntary members of the public throughout October. The eight events in the Glastonbury and Street area are all free entry with the organisers just asking for a donation to Oxfam when people can afford it. This means that the local music venues and artists can get the maximum attendance and help boost the local scene, but with a donation scheme it also allows money to be raised for Oxfam whilst not excluding anyone who can’t afford to take part. Acts include popular local established acts such as Nick Parker, Swampgrass, Mr Keep Calm & The Cancelled Cheques, Minor Works Unit, Dan Russell and Missart while upcoming artists include Finches Fly and the Rosie Whitten Band. There even promises to be a variety of acts on board including rock, jazz, folk, indie, pop, rap and with involvement from a plethora of local musicians from the local Strode College and across the area.
Photo by Marc Hughes

Mr Keep Calm and the Cancelled Cheques – Photo by Marc Hughes (Click photo for more of his work)

Organiser Gary Smith is overseeing the eight events and running the finale at the Red Brick Building and is sure it will be something people won’t want to miss. “There is an amazing local scene here and this is about as good as a cross section as you’ll ever see. There is everything from right across the musical spectrum, there is a great chance to visit new places while supporting charity affordably, and a chance, if you come to three of the eight and really show your support, to win prizes. It’s a win – win situation for everybody. There is already a buzz about it and all the acts are sure to be playing their hearts out. We’re hoping to get some surprise appearances to really hit it home.” Gary is joined in his efforts by individual events organisers Brad Lister, Missy Edwards, Dan Russell, Daniel Shaw and the owners of the respective venues and supported by GFM, Jaywalk Guitars, The Basis Magazine and Pop Up Cafe. Punters who come to this series of events in Glastonbury and Street can collect a unique stamp in each venue on a special stamp card and once they have three from any of the eight, they can enter a prize draw, which includes pairs of tickets for next year’s Godney Gathering and Glastonbury Extravaganza, a family ticket for Farm Festival, an acoustic guitar from Jaywalk Guitars, drum lessons from Glastonbury Drums, a day in Orchard Recording Studios and a day’s filming from BA22 Media. Stampcards for the competition will be available at venues on the official flyer and from the Facebook group to print out. They are also available in the October issue of The Basis Magazine. While print outs will be accepted, they must be on the official form. Completed cards must be handed in at the events to Oxjam organisers or to Jaywalk guitars before the prize draw is held. The prize draw will be held at Jaywalk Guitars, Street, on Saturday 9th November at 2pm. For full line ups with dates and times, see below. Age restrictions may vary through each event. Please check with individual venues for age restrictions details. Exact schedules are still being worked out and will be posted nearer the individual events. For more information join the Facebook group or follow on Twitter @OxjamGlasto

Review: Richard Thompson's folk tunes and guitar wizardry master Colston Hall

14th October 2017

 
 

A full fifty years have passed since singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson made his debut as a recording artist with folk rock juggernaut Fairport Convention in 1967. Since then Thompson has – via marriage and divorce to ex-wife Linda Thompson, a ‘70….

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Review: Party for Pete - fundraising spectacular bids farewell at The Fleece

1st October 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After a fruitful fundraising period of five years – a time in which eight previous gigs have featured 65 musical acts and raised an outstanding £15,000 for St Peter’s Hospice – Party for Pete returned….

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Preview: Party for Pete Fundraiser Returns to The Fleece

24th September 2017

Now in its fifth consecutive year, the live music and fundraising spectacular of Party for Pete returns to The Fleece next Sunday 1st October. Raising funds for St Peter’s Hospice, all proceeds from the packed all day schedule of local live music performances will help support….

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Review: Alvvays' world class indie pop thrills Thekla

9th September 2017
 

 
After their 2014 self-titled debut album revealed a highly promising act armed with a considerable knack for melodic, reverb drenched indie-pop gems, it seemed to take an age – a perception ultimately exacerbated by a seemingly interminable gestation period in ….

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Preview: The Downs Festival Returns for Second Annual Event

24th August 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Review: Despite technical issues Holy Fuck storm Colston Hall

22nd August 2017

Despite challenging technical issues throughout, Canada’s Holy Fuck pull off a remarkable show that showcases the very best of their extensive back catalogue, with a welcome sprinkling of fresh new tunes for good measure.
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Review: A pre-Glasto treat from Lisa Hannigan at Marble Factory

24th June 2017
 

Already boasting a well-regarded music scene, one further advantage held by the city of Bristol is that – either right before or during the frolics of the Glastonbury Festival – a coincidence of geography places it as a natural pit-stop for artists imminently bound for Wort….

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Review: The return of Manic Street Preachers at Bristol Sounds

22nd June 2017  
 

For the second evening of Bristol Sounds, fans gathered for a perfect summer’s night on the harbourside; ciders in hand. The Amphitheatre buzzed with a sense of intent from a crowd who were there for one reason only; to reunite with the Welsh trio, Manic Street Preachers,….

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Review: Bonobo's blistering show to open Bristol Sounds

21st June 2017
 

After several sweltering days of British Sunshine, this year’s Bristol Sounds – the rebranded form of its erstwhile incarnation as Bristol Summer Series – kicked off just a matter of hours after the met office confirmed that the UK had been basking in its hottest June day i….

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Photo Gallery: Love Saves the Day 2017

After another magical, love-filled weekend of music, we decided to pick out our favourite photos from Love Saves the Day 2017. Featuring mild nudity, cute kids and plenty of dancing.
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Review: Yet another live music bonanza for Dot To Dot '17

27th May 2017

It’s the spring bank holiday once more and we’re all set for the Bristol instalment of Dot To Dot’s twelfth annual bonanza of live music. The precise stats are as follows: during a crammed 12 hour schedule, 160 acts will be performing on 20 separate stages across 15 venues through….

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Review: Ron Sexsmith's songwriting showcase warmly received at St. George's

21st May 2017

“I don’t have any hits per se but there are certain songs that I’m expected to play.” Ron Sexsmith’s mid-set introduction to his 1997 song ‘Strawberry Blonde’ serves as a fairly accurate summation of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s unassuming career. While forever in the commerci….

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Dot To Dot 2017 Preview: Our Top 5 Festival Picks

20th May 2017

The spring bank holiday looms and, for music fans in Bristol, that means only one thing. Err, well it actually means two things but, if your predilections are guided more towards bands and booze than the dance and drugs (allegedly) of Love Saves The Day over in Eastville Park, it’s ….

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Gallery: Declan McKenna at Thekla

15th May 2017
Here’s some snaps of Declan McKenna’s thrilling Bristol show. You can read our review of the show here.

Photos by Karina Jacenko

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Review: Declan McKenna - a youthful artist-audience love in at Thekla

15th May 2017

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Preview: Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Ron Sexsmith comes to St George's

16th May 2017

In the first of a quick-fire UK tour of just four shows in support of thirteenth studio album The Last Rider, acclaimed singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith performs at St. George’s this weekend. Though perpetually at fringes of commercial notoriety during a thirty year recording career, ….

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Steve Henderson - Silver Birch EP Launch

25th April 2017

If you were to ask anyone involved in Glastonbury’s bustling music scene about Steve Henderson the response will undoubtedly be positive. When it comes to live music in Glastonbury, it’s rare a night passes without some kind of shindig and Henderson’s efforts as a facilitator h….

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Review: Happyness Impress at The Louisiana

19th April 2017

With availability of tickets at a minimum in the hours leading up to this evening’s performance, an annotated scrawl on the chalkboard at the foot of the staircase to The Louisiana’s gig room denotes that Happyness’ Wednesday night show has achieved sold out status. Further endo….

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Review: Samantha Crain Sparkles at The Louisiana

2nd April 2017

Considering that Samantha Crain is currently touring on the back of derisively titled album You Had Me at Goodbye and the fact she kicks off tonight’s show with her sardonic ode to “resting bitch face” – the gorgeous folk-pop of ‘Antiseptic Greeting’ – one could be forgiven for j….

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Dot To Dot Festival 2017 - Second wave of bands announced

1st April 2017

Dot to Dot returns to Bristol this Spring Bank Holiday weekend for its twelfth annual festival and it promises to be yet another extravaganza of live music from some of the best up and coming talent around. With last year’s event boasting an incredible 160 acts playing on 20 stages….

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Preview: Samantha Crain at The Louisiana - Sunday 2nd April

30th March 2017

Folk singer-songwriter Samantha Crain comes to The Louisiana this weekend in support of new album You Had Me At Goodbye, the slyly comic title of which highlights the playful wit that underpins the Oklahoman artist’s Americana tales of heartbreak and austerity. After releasing her….

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Love Saves the Day 2017: Who to see

28th March 2017

With the almost-full line-up for this year’s Love Saves the Day festival now announced – including Arcadia Afterburner and secondary stages – we thought we’d take a minute to pick out the highlights. Whether you want to gurn under flamethrowers or boogie on rollerskates, these are….

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Review: Laura Marling's sell out return to Colston Hall

9th March 2017

It’s a fraction over a year since Laura Marling last appeared at Colston Hall with a typically assured performance to close 2016’s BBC 6 Music Festival. On the back of that appearance and with a reputation that ostensibly grows more favourable as her output expands, the precociou….

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Review: Glastonbury Calling 2017

The vision was simple – one ticket giving music loving punters access to six venues in Glastonbury where they could enjoy wall to wall performances from leading talent from across the south west. In only its second year, just having Laid Blak on the bill was a huge stamp of approval and a tip of t….

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Review: The Orwells enthusiastically received despite technical mishaps at Thekla

4th March 2017

“There’s always one show every tour where nothing works and you’re at that right now” says guitarist Matt O’Keefe towards the end of an evening fraught with technical difficulties. However, this being a night equally filled with audience pandemonium and a boisterous Saturday even….

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OXJAM EVENTS AND ARTISTS:

The Tequila Mockingbirds kick off Oxjam on Sunday 12th October

PART 1 – Sunday 12th October 3-5pm The Market House, 12-14 Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9EH The Tequila Mockingbirds PART 2 – Saturday 18th October 9-11pm The George and Pilgrim, 1 High Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9DP Mark Kelly & Band PART 3 – Sunday 19th October 1-7pm Hawthorns Hotel, 8-12 Northload Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9JJ Steve Henderson, Tolly Snell, Spencer Cox, Ben Russell, Andy Badman, Depth Charge, Simon Drew Blues Jam 5-7pm

Charlie Miller and the Soul Agents are often described as the best live act in Glastonbury

PART 4 – Sunday 19th October 7-11pm La Terre, 22 High Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9DU Open Mic Charlie Miller and the Soul Agents PART 5 – Saturday 25th October The King Arthur, 31-33 Benedict Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9ND Missart, Chloe Warren, Nick Parker & Friends, Entangledband, Miss Behavin’, Kyle Cullen & Mark Anthony, Lazibyrd, Stu Edwards (DJ Set) PART 6 – Sunday 26th October 2pm – 11pm The Unity Club, Leigh Road, Street, BA16 0HA Finches Fly, Any Other Day, Dan Russell, Don’t Do Tuesdays, White Lion Parade, Awaken the Silence, Craig & Alex Priddice, DYME PART 7 – Friday 31st October 9pm tbc The Street Inn, 1-3 Somerton Road, Street, BA16 0DR Johnny Edgar
Minor Works Unit - Words can't describe this lot...

Minor Works Unit – Words can’t describe this lot…

PART 8 – Saturday 1st November 12pm – 12am The Red Brick Building / Bocabar, Morlands Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT Mr Keep Calm & The Cancelled Cheques, Daniel Shaw &The Aardvarks, Swampgrass, Lazy Daze, Adrian Smith Jazz Combo, Kray-z-legz, The Legendary SnakeSnakeSnake, Bob Gallie, John D Revelator, Liam Howard & The Truthseekers, Minor Works Unit, The Rosie Whitten Band, Strode College String Ensemble, Henry Wacey, Ian Liversidge (DJ Set)

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