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Norwich Oxjam festival launch gig set for Open venue

PUBLISHED: 09:29 01 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:29 01 October 2014

Reepham Festival 2013. Dove & Boweevil. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Reepham Festival 2013. Dove & Boweevil. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Four bands will kick off this year’s Norwich Oxjam festival at a special launch gig at Open.

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The charity festival will take over five venues across the city on Saturday, with one wristband gaining you entry to Karma Kafe, Bedfords, The Birdcage, The Murderers and The Owl Sanctuary.

And tickets are still available for tomorrow’s launch event, with reggae band Dumbfoundus, folk act Feral Mouth, three-piece Dr Clyde and blues duo Dove and Boweevil on the bill.

All bands have agreed to play the event for free, with every penny raised going to help Oxfam.

Robbie Powell, one of the organisers, said: “We have been extremely grateful for the generosity shown by the public, bands and venues who have all been so willing to help out and support this Oxjam event.

L-R Matt Colley, Alice Spalding, Robbie Powell, Daniel Reynolds, Leanne Shanks.L-R Matt Colley, Alice Spalding, Robbie Powell, Daniel Reynolds, Leanne Shanks.

“It’s testament to the kind spirit of the Norwich people.”

Lauren Dove, one half of Dove & Boweevil, said: “Oxfam raises money for a great cause, and creating a big festival is a wonderful opportunity to help raise awareness of what they do.

“It’s also an exciting way of playing with different bands and audiences in a Norwich venue we haven’t played before. We’re really looking forward to it.”

The Oxjam Norwich team has raised more than £1,800 so far this year, and is hoping this weekend’s festival will boost the total.

Here is the line-up for tomorrow’s Oxjam launch gig at Open:

Dumbfoundus – Headlining the night, Dumbfoundus is well-known on the Norwich live music circuit. The reggae-tinged trio has spent the last few years touring the UK and Europe.

Feral Mouth – Fresh from the launch of their album Nelson’s County, the band will bring their brand of toe-tapping hillbilly folk to Open. They recently headlined the Flavour Parlour stage at Maui Waui Festival in Suffolk.

Dr Clyde – The cult Norwich three-piece has influences ranging from jazz to metal, and play sets to get you dancing.

Dove and Boweevil – Norwich-based duo Lauren Dove and Mark Howes have played some of the biggest blues and roots festivals in the country, honing their craft.

Doors for tomorrow’s launch gig at Open are at 7.30pm, advance tickets £5; see open247.org.uk/Booking-info

There will be a gig at Elm Farm, Horsham St Faith, on Friday headlined by Saturday Sun, with £5 tickets available on the door.

Saturday wristbands will be available on the door of each venue for £10, with individual venue entry tickets costing £5.

See oxjamnorwich.com

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