Thursday, 29 October 2009

Much delayed thanks

Oxjam was last Friday, and today is Thursday and yet there has been no word of thanks on this thing.

No excuses really, just a heavy flu fell after Oxjam finished and so all thought of communicating in a vaguely coherent way was shelved until now.

And so to Friday just gone...

It was an amazing success, better really than we could have hoped. The instore with Scott FRabbit and Neil Meursault kicked the day off in spectacular fashion, the two of them are a great pairing. And I stood there throughout trying to look cool and not grinning like an idiot. Then the afternoon quickly deteriorated into a muddle of backline problems and missed sound checks, although, and this we quickly realised, no one else knew, so we smiled through it and everything came together in time. And from then on really it all passed by in an enjoyable blur. There was a real palpable sense of excitement in the air, the area between the Royal Mile and The Cowgate was buzzing. And maybe the highlight of the afternoon was when Avalanche popped over to tell us that tickets there had sold out, and we'd been told presale tickets just weren't doing well at the moment.

I thought that at some point during the night it would hit me that we'd done it, that we'd managed to pull something this crazy off and I'd feel some sense of ownership for it. But it didn't, I kept waiting for it but it didn't happen. I've puzzled over this for the past few days and now I realise that it's mainly because it wasn't just a handful of us that made this happen, but really everyone involved is to thank in some way. We worked really hard all summer but then in early October it suddenly felt like lots of people had our back, and we really needed it too, it wasn't just us, it felt like a community suddenly sprung up that lent us the support we needed. Bands, press, photographers, venue holders, so many people all pulled together in the final weeks and so the night seemed in some way to belong to the city, which I guess it should.

And so thank you to everyone that helped us make Oxjam Edinburgh possible, it's really been an honour to be involved in something that ended up being much bigger than we ever thought possible way back in July.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Line up and timings.

Listed below are the full timings and line ups for all of the venues.

The Bowery is limited space wise so make sure you're there early if you're really keen to catch the bands there.

Your wristband gives you access to all of the venues, so start planning now! Wristband exchange is at City Cafe, open from 2pm, you'll need to take along your ticket and some form of I.D in exchange for a wristband.

SNEAKY PETE'S - doors 7pm

7.40 - 8.25 CHUTES (
8.40- 9.25 THE LITTLE KICKS (

THE BOWERY - doors 6pm

8.50- 9.35 JESUS H. FOXX (
10.00 - 10.45 MEURSAULT (

CABARET VOLTAIRE - doors at 6pm

6.15- 6.55 DEAD BOY ROBOTICS (
7.10 - 7.50 BOYCOTTS (
8.05 - 8.50 THREE BLIND WOLVES (
9.10 - 9.55 FRIGHTENED RABBIT (Scott and friends) (

CITY CAFE - doors 4pm

5.20 - 6.05 THE LAST BATTLE (
6.30 - 7.15 PAPER BEATS ROCK (
7.40 - 8.25 POSE VICTORIOUS (
8.50 - 9.45 LE RENO AMPS (
10.00 - 10.45 COME ON GANG! (http://www.myspace.comeongang/)

WEE RED BAR - doors 7pm

7.00 - 7.45 SNIDE RHYTHMS (

Entry to all venues is subject to capacity, and all venues are over 18's only.

Tickets available from Avalanche, ticketweb and below;

Oxfam Instore

We hinted some time back that there might be something exciting going on on the day apart from all of the evening gigs, well there is....

Scott Frightened Rabbit and Neil Meursault are teaming up for a one off gig in the Oxfam shop on The Royal Mile from 2pm on Friday afternoon, it's some pairing, and will be amazing. Off The Beaten Tracks are coming back to film it and battle with Neil's voice once again. The event is unticketed and you don't need a wristband to get in, however donations would be appreciated.

Afterward Conquering Animal Sound are kicking off Oxjam proper for us over at City Cafe at 4pm, this is on our list of must sees. It might be a good idea to take a half day from the looks of things!

You can still get tickets from Avalanche, we restocked them yesterday, and also from the link below if you want to be super organised and make sure you can get in!

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Off The Beaten Tracks Footage

A couple of weeks ago we told you how we teamed up with Off The Beaten Tracks for an afternoon of beer and music and baby holding, well the footage is here, and looking lovely, first here's the link and then once us technophobes work out how to put up the videos right onto our blog we will.

Videos? Remember them?...

Oxjam V's Muckle Sandwich

Tomorrow night we're teaming up with Muckle Sandwich ( to bring you a night at Sneaky Pete's where we'll mix it up a bit with a line up that makes sense in a totally illogical kind of a way...we love it.

SHIELDS UP;fast paced Harcore punk from Edinburgh:"BBC Radio 1 Scotland - Vic Galloway Show Album of the Month - sept 2009""Hardcore devotees lamenting some of the genre's pretentious tangents should take comfort in this." - The Skinny

CUDDLY SHARK;3 piece post-rock outfit from Glasgow“...will induce all sorts of compulsive body movements on the dance-floor. 2009 - The Year Of The Shark! 5/5”Is This Music?"hillbilly punk with a razor edge. Excellent with a Pixies like donkey kick.”New NoiseSHIELDS UP;fast paced Harcore punk from Edinburgh:"BBC Radio 1 Scotland - Vic Galloway Show Album of the Month - sept 2009""Hardcore devotees lamenting some of the genre's pretentious tangents should take comfort in this." - The Skinny

SUPER ADVENTURE CLUB;Ex-Edinburgh Spaz-pop jazz-rock trio."quite simply one of the most exciting and intriguing Scottish bands I’ve seen in ages" - The Herald"inventive brilliance" - The Skinny"these guys are phenomenal" - Glasgow PodcARTPlus the launch of Muckle Sandwich #2.

All that joy and joyness for only £3, what else were you thinking of doing with a Monday?...

Also if you come along we might just let you in on our secret, we have quite an exciting one up our sleeve!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

More acts confirmed

We are pleased to confirm that added to the line up are the amazing Jesus H. Foxx and Three Blind Wolves. Jesus H. Foxx will be playing at The Bowery and Three Blind Wolves are part of the line up at Cabaret Voltaire.

Also we will be having some DJ sets from the lovely Matthew over at Song, By Toad, this will be an interesting one, all on vinyl, expect an eclectic to say the least kind of a mix, we love it. And no night would be complete without a little help from Cammy Watts (Enfant Bastard), he'll be bringing his Gameboy and keeping you amused between sets over at The Bowery.

Bring on the 23rd. Ticket link as ever below. Oh and tickets will be on sale in Avalanche within the next couple of days, with no booking fee just because we're nice that way!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Tickets on sale NOW

Tickets for the 23rd of October are onsale now, just click on the link below and £7 later you can be safe in the knowledge that you've secured a place on the night.

We had a great time yesterday in The Pond with, the filming went well, we got wet feet but dried out after a couple of beers, the bands were great, and it was so nice to hear them tell us how great they think the line up is looking, having someone else tell you how super excited they are to be playing really helps with our enthusiasm. The line up is lovely though, we really feel that we are showcasing some of Edinburgh's most talented bands and highlighting what a great place it is to be musically at the moment. Nothing beats the capital!

And now get your tickets here, while they last...