Mansfield is set to rock for Oxjam

Organisers of the Oxjam Festival pictured in Mansfield Market Place.'Pictured from the left are; Coun Sonya Ward, Paul Lomas, Tommy Carlin, Simon Broomhead, Steve Evans, Martin Bell, Rich Bagshaw, Kate Summerfield and Anna Kerr.
Organisers of the Oxjam Festival pictured in Mansfield Market Place.'Pictured from the left are; Coun Sonya Ward, Paul Lomas, Tommy Carlin, Simon Broomhead, Steve Evans, Martin Bell, Rich Bagshaw, Kate Summerfield and Anna Kerr.

Mansfield is set to be celebrating its live music scene in a bid to raise money for Oxfam and include different businesses in its events.

Oxjam Takeover Mansfield manager Anna Kerr set up the fundraising campaign, which is part of a nationwide event, back in April because of her passion for local music and previous experience in advance management.

Her efforts have been boosted by 15 volunteers who have helped with onstage production, promotion and booking different gigs over the summer.

“We still have a lot to do in order to get publicity but hard work has been put into the campaign so far,” said Anna, who also performs in the band The Tastebuds.

“It’s not just been a case of shaking tins but instead a real chance to celebrate local artists and venues.”

Various events have been planned and will culminate with a multi-venue music festival which will take place on the 13th October.

So far £300 has been raised but the team are aiming to achieve £3,000 for Oxfam by the end of October and are actively encouraging local businesses to get involved.

“Mansfield has a great music scene and by doing this we will be encouraging better utilisation of the talent we have,” Anna said.

“We want to celebrate our great music scene and hope businesses get involved to keep the festival spirit alive.”

Roger the Mascot drummer Jamie Pickering will be among the musicians performing for the campaign.

He said: “Music brings everyone together and getting them singing and dancing is a great way to get people to start putting their hands in their pockets.”

Money raised will boost Oxfam’s projects. For more details on upcoming events at Oxjam Mansfield visit www.oxjammansfield.co.uk.