Tuning up for music festival

Organiser of Oxjam Russ Petcher (centre) with band members Myles Petcher, Adam Whittaker, Nathan Islain, Alex Kirk and Andrew Flint with Emma Clark and Katherine Horner from Oxfam. (d27091102)
Organiser of Oxjam Russ Petcher (centre) with band members Myles Petcher, Adam Whittaker, Nathan Islain, Alex Kirk and Andrew Flint with Emma Clark and Katherine Horner from Oxfam. (d27091102)
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MUSIC-lovers are in for a treat next weekend when Oxjam comes to town.

The mini music festival, featuring seven bands, will be at the George’s Mead Hall on Saturday October 8.

The organiser is Russ Petcher, the Guardian’s music reviewer, who is also taking to the stage with The Savoy, comprising ex-Blister Factory members.

Others headlining are comedy acoustic act Neil Bamford; Old School Enemy, a Bradford-based heavy rock outfit; Analog Bomb, a ska/punk band with brass section from Bradford; Batley’s Little Vegas Lies who have just released their second CD; Cleckeaton’s ABandInUrHead; and young up-coming band The Highspeed Saturdays, comprising four Whitcliffe Mount pupils and a fifth who attends Grangefield School in Pudsey.

Russ said: “I’ve been an Oxfam volunteer for 18 months and when I heard about Oxjam I thought it’d be a great way to help get the music scene going in Cleckheaton as well as raise money for the charity.

“It’s going to be a real family event with doors opening at 1.30pm. Admission is only 99p, so you are getting seven bands for less than £1.”

Russ is doing a special display in Oxfam’s Northgate shop next week to promote Oxjam with records, CDs and other music memorabilia.

Ponderosa’s Lakeside Restaurant is also staging an Oxjam event on October 29, see The Guide for details.

l More volunteers are needed at the shop, call 01274 876980.