20-10-2013 - Equipped with the most severe case of man flu I ventured down to The Greyhound to start my first Oxjam experience where I would be volunteering as Venue Manager for Oxjam Beeston take over on the rainy day of October 19th. Super 73 are the first to grace the stage full of enthusiasm in the face of 4 gigs in one day all for Oxjam titled "The Tour in a Day" calling here, Cambridge, Leicester and Mansfield. I am pleased to see the star of new single “their or there abouts” accompanying them on their mission, this track is taken from the E.P’ Remember. Bulletproof’ out in early Nov this track shows a sneaky peek at why this band are rapidly gaining ground having secured sponsors such as Fly53 Clothing and Rufus Guitars UK, invading radio and a growing fan base. Being branded as “The New Wave of the post-punk British Invasion” their energetic catchy songs are showcased by this track and ‘Let it go’ this slick production has trickled from their previous experience in fallen bands: Ictus, Citizen Smith and Themselves, I eagerly await their debut album as this is right up my street and by the sounds of it am not alone on this. Everyone's life has a soundtrack, this is Super73'
Following fast on their heels The Zufflers are a fantastic rock covers band who have previously adorned the stage at Glastonbudget this year, armed with a set fuelled full of fast paced cover tracks from the likes of arctic monkeys ,’Bet you look good on the dance floor” jet “are you gonna be my girl” ,foo fighters blur and the killers predominantly playing lots of private functions their expertise in this area have heads banging and its only 2 in the afternoon . The band are Jon young on vocals Dan Robinson on guitar dean Elliot guitar Rik Lee on keyboards Dave smith on bass and P.O.B on drums Its clear to see this band are in their element on the festival circuit and are auditioning for Glastonbudget again 2014. Emma Bladon Jones arrives the poor gal should be shattered after vowing to play a set in all of the ten venues she knocks out a mix of her own material plus her own restyled and reconstructed covers. Hailing from Beeston the dedication is clear as she tirelessly promotes her home town. Performs with a loop pedal and acoustic guitar, debut E.P “life is self-taught” she is also in rock band “Of the night” but has been working on her solo act for the last year. Is in the final heats of hop pole song writing competition she also supports local talents such as Josh Wheatley, Heavyheads, and Ryan Thomas.
After bolting out for a quick Greggs stop (ill people need food too) its Young Alt indie- rock band Fusors turn, having started in early Nov 2012 its clear form the get go inexperience is counting against them vocally, as well as being hit with technical difficulties the lads still managed to muddle through and perform some well written self-penned songs which show promise in song writing. The Dark notes in vast contrast take over with their beautifully sombre haunting music, kind of deliciously depressing, think along the lines of Joy division, the pixies and sonic youth. Playing their new single ‘finest year’ this 5 piece alt rock band from Notts first release was a self-titled 5 track E.P in Oct 2009.These guys are no stranger to new material having released their eighth album this year since 2009.Full of witty banter NO! Disco storm up with fast paced frantic guitar riffs to wake up any dwindling revellers. This indie rock band from Nottingham has catchy tunes with few chords mixed with lots of energy and noise. They play their first single” make you feel better “also “east midlands parkway”, “talk to me”,” ltj” and” the other kids”, currently are gigging Nottingham venues Spankys, Bodega and Jam café.
Aptly named after an Irish chemistry teacher, listing foo fighters, the vaccines and the wombats as influences, The Irish Chemists close the days acts at this particular venue which sees the crowd double to welcome this band on stage it’s been a diverse mix bag of entertainment for the ridiculously low seven pounds on the door, but as I have won tickets to Gatecrashers warehouse party in Castle Donnington I soldier on still with nasty cold in tow, leaving after the last song, saddened though to be missing amazing acts The Jar Family, Seven Little Sisters and Great British Weather who are on later at Burtons. But all in all a fantastic day the final amounts raised totalled 10,000 shiny pounds - double the target, well done!
08-10-2013 - OXJAM - On Saturday 19 October those beautiful people at Oxfam are treating Beeston to a musical extravaganza, Packed full of shiny nuggets of poetry, acoustic and bands of all genres from light rap and folk to some banging rock bands there are over sixty acts all in all acquired to every taste.
The plan is to boost local economy in the aftermath of the preparation for the tram connecting Beeston up with Nottingham. Last year a thousand people descended upon the town and this year has the aim of raising £5,000 and promoting all aspects of the local music scene.
If you have missed out, the premise is simple: one day, 12 hours, 12 venues in a mix of funky coffee bars, traditional pubs and live music arenas armed with a diverse music spectrum. One wristband gains entry to all venues at the early bird price of a fiver or 7 of your British pounds on the day, under 12s go free with a responsible parent. October is Oxfam’s month long music festival and signifies three years hosted at Beeston.
Also running at the same time as Beeston's Food and drink weekend, offering generous discounts and even free nibbles for further information go to www.letsgotobeeston.co.uk.