Oxjam volunteers get helping hand from Reading & Leeds boss for organising "UK biggest festival"
The forthcoming Oxjam festival, which sees volunteers staging gigs all over the UK in October, has been given a helping hand by Reading & Leeds and Latitude festival boss Melvin Benn (centre).
The MD of promoters Festival Republic spoke to the teams who will help organiser some of the biggest events for Oxfam this autumn at a recent training conference for the festival in Birmingham.
"In truth, it's really difficult for me to have anything other than massive praise and admiration for Oxjam," Benn told the conference, as he shared organisational tips with the volunteers.
"How could I have anything other than that, because actually, what you're doing, and how you're learning your skills, is exactly the same as how I did when I started out... I look forward to the point when some of you are in the position that I am now, and I'm sure that will happen".
The event was staged to help teams get ready for the October-long festival of music, which sees fans and bands organising their own charity events throughout the month to raise money for Oxfam, and in the process stage the UK's largest grassroots music festival.
Q is partnering up with Oxfam to cover this year's event with a special online edition of the magazine. We will publish your best reviews and photos from the 2012 Oxjam shows, so look out for full details of how to get involved nearer the time.
Meanwhile, there is still time to organise an event for this year's Oxjam yourself and help celebrate your local music scene.
Anyone can organise an event, of any scale, any genre and any format, just head to Oxfam.org.uk/oxjam now for full details of how to get involved.
Plus stay tuned to Q and Oxfam.org.uk in the coming months for more information about this year's Oxjam, our special edition, competitions for those organising, taking part and attending this year's gigs and much more.
Read our Q Festival Blog interview with Melvin Benn now.
11:03 AM | 21/06/2012
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