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Oxjam Leicester 2013 Takeover Expects to Raise Over £10,000

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Oxjam Leicester 2013 Takeover

Music lovers of all ages enjoyed one of the Cities biggest music festivals over the weekend as the Oxjam Leicester 2013 Takeover got into full swing with what is one of the most popular Oxjam events anywhere in the UK.

The Oxjam Takeover is now in its fifth year and this years featured more than 150 music acts which where scattered across 12 stages based around Leicester’s trendy Cultural Quarter.

Highlights for the festival included the main Orton Square kicking off with what can only be described as an outstanding performance by the Leicester Secular Choir.

Things continued to go from good to great as Loughborough based band ‘Park Bench Society’ put on a one off acoustic set which drew in a crowd of around 70 people to the Curve Theater.

Emma Mills who had travelled from Coalville for the Festival said; “I have seen Park Bench play before and they are really good, so to see them play as an acoustic act is something altogether different, but well worth it”

The entertainment continued as Orton Square played host to Leicester Reggae outfit Iyahkayah & The Mid-Dawn who attracted a large crowd of around 150 people.

The four-piece band played a fantastic set which helped to add further atmosphere to the now bustling Orton Square, which quickly became the center piece for the entire event. With its market style stalls selling handcrafted items whilst people enjoyed the many culinary delights available.

City Link-Up the local charity based promotion and events group added a further buzz to the day as they hosted the urban stage at Midas on Yeoman Street.

The urban stage played host to around 25 acts and was one of the busiest stages of the day and supported by a huge pot of UK talent.

London based Shawty RP who played an early set at Midas said; “I’m really excited to be performing in Leicester and even more so to be performing for Oxjam”

She added; “It’s important that everyone gets involved in these types of events including young people, because Oxfam does a lot of good work for people.”

As the day went on, the crowds swelled and there was a real buzz about the whole event as people of all ages and from all backgrounds enjoyed the music.

Event organiser Anna Webb was quoted as saying; “We expect to have raised about £10,000 from this years event.

Anna Said ”It was great that every venue was packed out and its twice as good as previous years.”

There where so many music acts on the day that it was impossible to see them all, but one of the performances which really stood out for me was by ‘Grace and the Magic Roots’ who played a memorable show as they adorned the stage dressed as fairy characters.

Rod Fitzpatrick a local photographer said; “I’m having a fantastic day today and have been watching some of the best musical talent that the UK has to offer”

Titan the 2013 Rockstar winners also played to a packed out Exchange Bar, whilst The Super 45’s played a medley of 60’s hits which saw ‘foots a tapping’ throughout their performance.

As the day went on Leicester rock band ‘The Furies’ entertained people in The Soundhouse music venue with a selection of tracks from their debut album ‘Death Valley’

Alex Beattie from The Furies said “Its great to be playing at Oxjam and its something we have all been looking forward to”

Their was an expected heavy down pour later in the day, but this didn’t stop the days events and made for a picturesque setting which in no way dampened peoples spirits as popular band ‘The Brandy Thieves’ played at Orton Square.

The music continued long into the night and all funds raised will go towards Oxfam’s continued life-saving work to help eradicate poverty and continue to draw attention to the plight of the millions of people throughout the world who suffer on a daily basis.

Please visit Visit Oxfam’s donation page to find out more about how you can help in the fight against poverty.

Many thanks to local photographer and film maker Josh Rai for this selection of images from the day. You can find out more about Josh by visiting his Facebook Page.

(We will have more images up shortly as well as a further report from student reporter Megan Warner.)

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The rain made for a picturesque evening at Oxjam Leicester as celebrations continued long into the night.