Photo gallery: Norwich bands volunteer their services for free at launch of Oxjam fundraiser

Dove & Boweevil backstage at Oxjam 2015 - Paul Bayfield

Dove & Boweevil backstage at Oxjam 2015 - Paul Bayfield

A dedicated team of Norwich volunteers will have shed sweat, blood and probably a few tears over the last few months all for the love of music – and charity.

Feral Mouth, backstage at Oxjam 2014 - Paul Bayfield

Feral Mouth, backstage at Oxjam 2014 - Paul Bayfield

But last night their hard work started to pay off when this year's Norwich Oxjam Festival got under way at the Open venue.

The main event will take place across five venues in the city tomorrow, with a wristband gaining you entry to Karma Kafe, Bedfords, The Birdcage, The Murderers and The Owl Sanctuary – and potentially 30 of the city's best bands.

But before then, scores of people squeezed into Open for a launch night, which saw reggae band Dumbfoundus, folk act Feral Mouth, three-piece Dr Clyde and blues band Dove and Boweevil on the bill.

Every one of the bands agreed to play for free and all the money raised will be given to help Oxfam and its work all over the world.

Robbie Powell, one of the organisers, said of the show: 'We are delighted with the turn-out. The general response from the public has been amazing throughout.

'All the bands tonight were fantastic, got everyone dancing and we are grateful they were up for playing for free.

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'Everything's geared up for a great event on Saturday. It will be a great day – and were really proud of the line-up.

'The best bands Norwich has – and most importantly we'll raise loads of money for charity.'

Tonight there is an Oxjam gig at Elm Farm, Horsham St Faith, 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.

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