A music festival featuring more than 180 musicians, artists, bands, DJs, collectives and performers has raised more than £10,000 for charity Oxfam.
Birmingham music promoters OxjamBrum organised the fourth annual Takeover Festival, which took place over the weekend.
Music fans packed into seven city-centre venues to see and hear performances by emerging talent as well as established headline artists including Ivor Novello award-winning singer-songwriter Scott Matthews at The Yardbird and a set by urban wordsmith Polarbear at The Sunflower Lounge.
Highlights of the festival included parades through the city by Birmingham collectives Oya Batacuda and The Dhol Blasters, a live Secret Walls graffiti battle at The Yardbird, and family friendly programme at Symphony Hall Café Bar.
This included performances by the Jazzlines Summer School Ensemble, Cannon Street, Dan Whitehouse and Paul Murphy, as well as sets by Anushka at Island Bar, Moselele at Café Blend, Boat to Row on Frederick on a canal barge moored in Gas Street Basin, Keziasoul at The Victoria and Tom Peel at The Sunflower Lounge.
All proceeds from the festival are to be donated directly to Oxfam.
OxjamBrum also aims to organise unusual live music experiences around Birmingham, including gigs on canal barges, around the famous 11 bus route, in tennis huts and at festivals, raising well over £28,000 for Oxfam campaigns in the process.
An OxjamBrum spokesperson said: “This year’s Takeover Festival has once again been possible due to the generosity and support of our artists, venues, volunteers, supporters and gig-goers, who have dug deep and enabled us to smash our target.
“It’s also a brilliant example of how artists and fans from across Birmingham’s music and creative communities can join forces to celebrate twelve hours of live performances whilst raising money that changes lives. Since 2006, Oxjam festivals around the UK have raised more than £1.75 million in total for Oxfam’s work – enough to buy 15,000 emergency shelters; 70,000 goats or 1050 classrooms.”
OxjamBrum Takeover Festival partners included Brum Notes Magazine, live music promoters This is Tmrw, Brum Town, Secret Walls, Louis’ Den and Jazzlines, record labels Eat Good and Speech Fewapy as well as Birmingham Zine Festival and Eye Candy festival.