Sunderland musicians in Oxjam to help world’s poor

David Stark and Sean Hainey from the Washington band Face with Grant Edmunson, Takeover manager promoting the Oxjam event at Pure in Park Lane, Sunderland.

David Stark and Sean Hainey from the Washington band Face with Grant Edmunson, Takeover manager promoting the Oxjam event at Pure in Park Lane, Sunderland.

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WEARSIDE musicians are joining forces to help fight global poverty.

More than 20 acts will perform across three venues tomorrow as part of Oxjam, the UK’s biggest grass roots music festival.

Each year, the festival, which runs throughout this month, sees bands perform to raise money for Oxfam.

In Sunderland, the event will see The Borough, in Vine Place; Pure, in Park Lane, and Independent, in Holmeside, taken over by a host of live musicians in a bid to raise £2,500 for the cause. Andrew Stoker, from Pure, said “We’re really excited to be playing our part in Oxjam. It’s a great opportunity to show local music and make money to change lives across the world.

“Everyone who comes along will have a great night too knowing that they’re helping to change lives around the world.”

The Borough will be home to the hard rock and metal stage, Pure will be hosting the alternative stage and Independent will be the venue for the Indie bands who are taking part.

Although line-ups have been confirmed for Pure and Independent, musicians are invited to come along to The Borough with their instruments on the night to perform.

Oxjam began in 2006 and each year encourages music-lovers to organise anything from a sponsored busk to a festival to raise cash for a good cause.

Grant Edmundson, Oxjam Sunderland manager, said: “We hope to raise about £2,500 for the charity which will come from ticket sales and raffle sales. This money will make a huge impact on those who are living in poverty.”

l Tickets, priced £4 for the day are available from Pure, The Borough and Independent or online from www.wegottickets.com. You can also donate by texting JAM0015 to 70066 to give £3.

l Oxjam will take place from 6pm-11pm tomorrow.