FESTIVAL NEWS: Oxjam Leeds announce more bands

Oxjam Leeds, the annual charity music festival that raises money for Oxfam has announced that new bands have been added to the line-up. Bringing 10 hours of live music and festival fun to Leeds on Saturday 22 October, the grassroots festival supports the city’s vibrant music scene and celebrates emerging artists from Leeds and beyond.

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Heavyball: Potocredit -Kate Eveson

With acts on the bill who have who performed to sell-out crowds at Leeds / Reading, Isle of White, Kendal Calling, V Festival, Tramlines, Live at Leeds, Yorfest, Party in the Pines, London International Ska Festival, Welcome to the Village and Bingley Music Live, the line-up is going from strength to strength.

The Oxjam Leeds bill also boasts artists who have been championed on BBC 6 music, BBC introducing, received rave reviews in Kerrang and Terrorizer, featured on the soundtrack of a new British film and even had a nod of recognition from Sir Paul McCartney!

vexxes:_Photocredit -Shoot J Moore
Vexxes: Photocredit -Shoot J Moore

Music lovers can expect to see some of Yorkshire’s finest local talent as Leeds pop-rockers VEXXES, who recently played to crowds at the Leeds/Reading festival join the eclectic line-up. Leeds based lyricist WEEZY JEFFERSON, currently getting airplay on BBC Radio 1Xtra will shine a spotlight on urban music, entrancing every rap fan with his unique style of hip hop, and Bradford’s PUSHER who earned themselves a place on the main stage at Bingley Music Live, bring their funk and soul groves to the festival.

Other acts on the bill from Leeds include powerhouse PNEUMA whose soulful sound blends jazz and electronic funk, indie rock band THE DANGERHOUNDS, rock and blues band RED LIGHT REVIVAL, and future soul singer and producer DULAHLI. Anthemic indie rockers THE BRAZEN whose band member’s come from Yorkshire and Birmingham fuse classic rock with indie and Britpop while Manchester’s SLY ANTICS bring grimy new rock to the festival celebrating its 10th birthday this year. All six acts appear on the Fred Perry subculture bands you need to hear now list which recognises the best emerging artists in the country.

To compliment this incredible line-up, we’re pleased to announce that London based HEAVYBALL play one of their only UK dates for 2016 at Oxjam Leeds. Following a string of successful headline European tours, they bring their modern interpretation of two tone, mod, rock and ska to the festival – an act not be missed.

Judas; Photocredit-Andrew Benge
Judas; Photocredit-Andrew Benge

Another band to watch is JUDAS who return to Leeds after smashing the stage at the Leeds/Reading festivals this summer. Their unique sound of alternative rock is a fantastic addition to the line-up that’s sure to delight their Yorkshire fan base.

Oxjam Leeds 2016 Takeover Manager, Fiona Dillon, who moved to the UK from Australia for music says, “We are just gob smacked with the quality of the artists who want to be part of the festival. Collectively our acts have performed on some of the biggest stages in the country and have received some of the most sought after accolades in British music. Not only does the line-up showcase some incredible emerging talent it is also a real testament to the festival venues who are making the Leeds music scene one of the best in the country.

“The buzz around the festival at the moment is just incredible and we would encourage you to grab yourself a ticket to this amazing event.

“We’ve all seen what’s happening around the world on the news and social media and people feel quite powerless and don’t know how to help – well this is the perfect way to make a difference. Last year Oxfam provided life-changing support to more than 11 million people worldwide and your £10 can help Oxfam reach their goal of eradicating poverty and injustice around the world.”

Saturday 22 October | Tickets: £10 (Booking fees apply) | www.oxjamleeds.co.uk | Age 18+