OXJAM Festival Kick-off gigs!

Charity music fest Oxjam kicked off with four nights of gigs in East London- and we were excited to catch the line up of awesome bands.

On Monday we were lucky enough to see folk rockers Dry the River who headlined the stage, in a secret location in Dalston. The boys from Stratford are huge, they worked with renowned music producer Peter Katis (who has worked with The National and Interpol) on their album Shallow Bed, which we have on repeat at Company HQ!


They shared the bill with awesome band Gentleman (shout out to the boys for dashing to the stage straight from the airport) and soulful songstress Josephine. We hung out with Josephine for a special Oxjam photoshoot- that you’ll see in our upcoming November issue.


Tuesday night’s gig saw our very own Gemma Cairney take over, curating a night that saw performances from Eliza Doolittle, Chloe Howl and Fuse ODG.

Newcomer Chloe Howl is definitely a one-to-watch!



The amaze evening of music ended with a DJ set from Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet. Also appearing on Tuesday was Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke – who stormed the stage to deliver a rousing speech to his adoring public – and acapella group The Magnets, who performed an improptu set on the stairs. Just the usual Shoreditch night out, then.



Wednesday it was all about NYPC, while on Thursday we saw Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs B2B Skream getting the crowd dancing.

Don’t panic if you missed these awesome launch gigs music – events are happening all over the UK throughout October. Go to 

to find out what’s happening near you. But there’s more in store for lucky East Londoners, as on October 19th Oxjam are staging a multi-venue takeover festival on and around Kingsland Road.

You can spend your Saturday soaking up the sounds of over 50 acts, including Ligers, Taches, Courtney King, Milk Teeth, Yeah!, Zoe LDN, Sophie Jamieson, Conrad Kira, and Emily Capell. Company Readers get 25% online discount on full price tickets to see Milk Teeth play the Dalston Vic at 4pm on Sat 19th Oct. 

Grab tickets here:


-Throughout October, more than 800 venues, 6,000 volunteers, 6,000 musicians and 180,000 audience members will enable Oxjam to raise at least £400,000 for Oxfam’s important work around the world. To find out what Oxjam events are going on in your area this October, visit OXJAM 

or call 0300 200 1255.


-All photos courtesy of Oxjam, taken by Dan Medhurst