July 13th & 14th 2013 Tunbridge Wells

ImageYesterday I carried a clinky bag of jam jars to the Oxfam Bookshop in Chapel Place. They are going to be collected by  the organisers of Oxjam Takeover, to be used at the Jam Slam on Sunday… Yes – what the **** am I talking about?

Here’s a quote from the Oxjam facebook page:

“Oxjam Takeovers are happening in over 60 locations across the UK in October 2013 – and we’re here to take over Tunbridge Wells! A multi-venue, one day music festival raising money for Oxfam. Local music, Global Impact.
Oxjam 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. 6 years on it’s still going strong, with hundreds of incredible gigs taking place each October.Over 1 million people have been to one of the 3,500 Oxjam events across the UK which have raised over £2 million for Oxfam. Talk about impact!

Oxjam Tunbridge Wells Takeover is happening on Saturday 12th October 2013. It will spread across the whole of the town, hosting a diverse range of local talent in a variety of venues. Closer to the event, you will be able to purchase a wristband which will get you entry into all the venues on the night, with some added extras.”

To raise awareness, and start the fundraising, and make use of an under used space, on Sunday from 3pm to 8pm, the Market Square at the back of Royal Victoria Place will become a mini festival, with bands, poets, hog roast and stalls. Stop by at any time and donate a bit towards Oxfam, as well as enjoy yourself.

Before Oxjam Jam Slam, we will be having our second Busking in the Park, at Grosvenor and Hilbert Park, with Acoustic Valium Project. We have four singers lined up, IsseyCee, Annie Lees, Tom Haacke and Simon Smith, and we are hoping for some reasonable weather so people can chill out on the grass.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, The Tunbridge Wells Forum will host a day of local music, as part of The Fusion TW Performing Arts section. For a nominal entry fee of £4.00, you can support both local music, and our local music venue. I’d like to champion the fact that ‘Ricky and the Hats’ are at both Fusion and Oxjam, their lively performance won alot of people over at Gazastock last Saturday night – so try and see them.

So why is the photo two poetry books from the 1950s? When I dropped off the jam jars, I spotted a whole range of retro Penguin poetry books. I’d not heard of these two poets, but the covers on these books deserve to be bought and looked at, as much as the poems! The Bookshop will be having a stall at Jam Slam, if you want a browse for some treasure…



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