In addition to Everton playing at Loftus Road and celebrating my next birthday in Bar FM, I will also be gutted to miss Oxjam Shepherd's Bush Takeover while I'm away. While Bushstock went unnoticed for many (not us!) I think it'll be hard for the Uxbridge Road and Shepherd's Bush Market shoppers and shakers to ignore Oxjam Shepherd's Bush Takeover on Saturday 29th October.
Today they announced some of the line up and venues and also opened up the box office to buy tickets at a silly cheap cheap Early Bird price. For more info head over to www.oxjamshepbush.org.uk.The full list of acts and confirmed venues announced so far reads as follows:
DJs: Radio 1Xtra's CJ Beatz, T4's Georgie Okell, Nigel Thomas (of The Foxes)
Musicians: Saint Saviour (ex Groove Armada), KAYA, BUIL_DINGS, Lifestyle Recordings, Instill, Avius, Animal Circus, The Little Pictures, Ros Coe Tanner, Rodney Culture
Venues: The Defectors Weld, Walkabout, Raving Buddha, Vesbar, The Green Room and The Goldhawk
As you know I like to I've been predictably nosey on YouTube trying to find out what these acts are all about. Here's my pick of the offerings:
Saint Saviour - if you wanted to know what a James Blake backing track with Kate Bush (how appropriate) singing vocals over the top would sound like you'd do well to check out Saint Saviour.
Rodney Culture (another Bush relevant name, you know, Only Fools and Horses, etc...) - only found a few audiovisual offerings from this man/band/group but I quite liked his very basic style and banter so hope you do too...
Little Pictures - they don't go easy on the synth, over emphasised southern accents and electric drum machines, but heck I think they get away with it or something though I'm not ready to forgive their Weezer cover.
What I like about the Oxjam Shepherd's Bush Takeover team is the fundraising events they've organised to promote and fund the event. As well as the pub quiz they also got enthusiastically involved with Bush Festival and are really keen to keep on engaging with the local people. Let's not forget the overall goal, which is to raise £10,000 for Oxfam. They are planning on hosting a Clothes Swap in October, if only it was last month when I embarked on a mammoth clear out, I would literally have had bin bags full to offer up, though NewMan would have dragged me away before any reciprocal swapping could have been done.
Although I will be somewhere in Asia on Saturday 29th October I will be thinking of W12 coming alive, again, with the sound of music. Go loud Shepherd's Bush - I want to hear you from the southern hemisphere!
For more information about the event, fundraising and the cause follow the Oxjam Shepherd's Bush Takeover team on Twitter or like them on Facebook.