Oxfam launches month long Oxjam festival

Klaxons, Kooks and DJ Shadow are all onboard

Klaxons, The Kooks and DJ Shadow have aligned themselves in support of Oxfam festival Oxjam.

Additional bands such as Kasabian and Kaiser Chiefs will take part in a series of high-profile launch gigs – the musicians will perform in a specially converted Oxfam shop in October.

Around 40,000 musicians and an audience of 300,000 are expected to take part in 3,000 music events in October this year for the event.

Speaking about their involvement, James Righton from Klaxons explained: “For us, Oxjam is the highlight of the festival season because everyone gets to make the noise themselves. The only thing more exciting than putting on your own event to help fight poverty is knowing that you’re part of a movement of thousands of gigs, club nights and events right across the country.”

Oxfam is calling for music fans from right across the UK to get involved now and organise an event in time for October, helping to raise a total more than £1 million for the charity.

New musicians will also have the opportunity to appear on MTV. Bands can upload videos of their Oxjam event in October at mtv.co.uk/oxjam.

The most popular artists as voted for by the public are then filmed by MTV, with an entire show dedicated to the overall winner.