Mansfield ready to rock to Oxjam festival

Members of the Oxjam Team and some of the bands gathered together to promote the big day in October
Members of the Oxjam Team and some of the bands gathered together to promote the big day in October

VENUES across Mansfield are busy preparing themselves for a music festival which is coming to the town for the first time this weekend.

Oxjam Mansfield Takeover, which takes place on Saturday, will see more than 30 artists perform across five venues to raise funds for Oxfam, which tackles poverty around the world.

It is part of the national Oxjam month of music, which runs throughout October.

A host of musical genres will be represented in the line-up including indie, rock, acoustic and covers bands.

There is also a venue for under-18s, along with entertainment in the town centre between 11am and 4pm.

Takeover manager Anna Kerr said: “Not only is this an opportunity for us to celebrate local talent and bring some excitement into the town centre, it’s also a really great way to bring our community closer to the work of Oxfam.

“There are some huge inequalities in the world that can be overcome by providing those in need with basic provisions and rights.

“It’s great for us as a community to come together and raise awareness about these important issues.”

Oxjam takes place at The Intake, Bowl in Hand, Victoria Hotel, The Ram, MyPlace at The Folk House (under 18s) and town centre.

Show your wristband on a Stagecoach Mansfield Miller bus to get a free ride from the bus station to the Intake from bay 12.

Wristbands can be purchased from www.oxjammansfield.co.uk and at Music Scene, Forever Young Fancy Dress and The Shabby Hut in the town centre. Wrist bands are £6 adult and £3 for under-18s which gives access to all performances throughout the day.