A music festival which took place in Birmingham last weekend has raised more than £10,000 for life-saving Oxfam projects around the world.

The OxjamBrum Takeover Festival, now in its fifth year, featured more than 50 bands and artists from the best of Birmingham’s independent music scene, from  indie, rock and reggae to folk, funk, soul and hip-hop, plus DJs and MCs.

Music fans packed into seven city centre venues on Saturday, October 12 to see performances by emerging talent including ska collective Tempting Rosie, folk favourites Boat to Row, Black Country metallers God Damn and alternative pop band Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam.

Highlights of the festival included lively parades through the city by the Indian Dhol Blasters and samba collective Oya Batacuda, as well as acoustic secret gigs on board Frederick – a canal barge moored off Gas Street.

Other OxjamBrum venues this year were The Yardbird, The Victoria, Brewdog, The Sunflower Lounge, Island Bar and newly opened Cherry Reds, on John Bright Street.

All proceeds from the festival, which is managed and delivered by a team of dedicated volunteers, go directly towards Oxfam’s life-saving work to eradicate global poverty.

 

Takeover co-manager James Hewson said: "Despite the typical rainy festival weather, this year’s OxjamBrum raised a record amount of money since its inception five years ago with about a thousand people turning up to enjoy the day.

"Birmingham has a wealth of musical talent and we were fortunate to have such a great range of bands and artists on the line-up this year.

"From the core organisation team right through to our extended family of volunteers, everybody held their own and helped to make the OxjamBrum Takeover Festival 2013 a massive success."

Ewan Whyte from Tempting Rosie said: "Oxjam festival gets better and better every year. It was a real pleasure to be one of the headliners this time especially with all the great bands involved in the bill!

He added: "We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came out and got involved watching all the great talent Birmingham has to offer and of course a big thank you to the Oxjam team for doing such a splendid job!

"Birmingham has so much going on and utilising its buzzing music scene to raise money for such a great cause is something we always want to be part of."

OxjamBrum Takeover Festival partners included Moseley Folk Festival, Counteract Magazine, Brum Notes Magazine, Birmingham Promoters and live music promoters This is Tomorrow.

The event began in 2006, with the aim of creating a network of music-loving people across the UK, all united by a shared goal - to raise money to fight poverty and suffering around the world.

Six years on the project is still going strong, with hundreds of gigs taking place around the UK each October.

Since 2006, Oxjam has raised over £2 million for Oxfam through more than 3,500 Oxjam events across the UK, attended by over a million people.