Editors, VV Brown, Basement Jaxx and Fatboy Slim to launch Oxjam 2009

Posted: 2nd September 2009

Oxjam 2009 is going to get off to an auspicious star this year, with four special gigs planned for a secret Oxfam shop in London.

The gigs take place in the week of Monday 28th September up until Thursday 1st October, and will feature VV Brown and Just Jack on the Monday, legendary afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, Nitin Sawhney and Shlomo on Tuesday, Fatboy Slim and DJ sets from Basement Jaxx and Stereo MCs on Wednesday and Editors on the Thursday.

The aim of this year's Oxjam is to target climate change, and the devastating effects it can have on poor people.

Speaking about the event, Editors' lead singer Tom Smith had this to say:

We've been supporting Oxfam for years now, so it's really exciting for us to be a part of their biggest music event. Putting on shows in Oxfam's high street stores is a great idea, these places are part of everyone's daily lives these days, come September they'll also be the hottest ticket in town.

Indie songstress VV Brown said:

I've spent the summer supporting Oxfam's campaigns at music festivals around the country, but the charity shop shows are the highlight of the festival season for me. Playing intimate shows up close to the audience is loads of fun, and to do it in an Oxfam shop will be even better.

Oxjam events form the biggest festival line-up in the UK, with events taking place all over the UK (see below for a snapshot).

Tickets for the London launch gigs go on sale this Friday (4th September), costing £25 + booking fee - 50% of which will be donated to Oxfam. Buyers will also have the option of additional contributions at the point of purchase. The gigs will take place at a specially converted Oxfam shop in London which will hold 150 people per night.

Daniel O'Connell