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Oxjam returns to Carlisle with top line-up of local bands

[A] quality line-up of local bands has been announced to perform at a charity gig in Carlisle.

Tickets are on sale for this year’s Oxjam music festival and local bands The Unsung, Kontiki Suite, Blind Fiction and Ogres of Go Go are set to take to the stage at the Old Fire Station on Saturday October 7, to help raise money for the charity Oxfam.

The charity event has been organised by staff and volunteers at Carlisle’s Oxfam book and music shop and is part of a national music festival run by Oxfam throughout October to raise money to fight poverty and suffering around the world.

The first ever Oxjam in the city took place last year, raising £740, and the team from the shop hope to build on this success with more quality live music.

“Carlisle has a great growing live scene that we’re proud to be involved with and hope to continue to help local bands make their mark,” said Eleanor de Chastelain Simpson, shop manager at Carlisle’s Oxfam shop. “Live music brings people together, sparking discovery and ambition, and a big part of Oxfam’s fundraising is devoted to it.

“We couldn’t put on such an event without the help of Steven Dunn and the Old Fire Station crew as well as former Oxfam volunteer and Blind Fiction member Mike Roper.

“Our volunteers will be helping on the night to raise as much as we can for Oxjam and Oxfam.”

On the night there will also be a pop-up Oxfam shop, selling a selection of records, CDs and books.

Tickets are £5 in advance, available from the Oxfam shop on Bank Street, the Old Fire Station and at www.skiddle.com and £7 on the door.

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm. All proceeds go to Oxfam.

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