Beeston is always a buzzing town, one full of music and the arts. But there was as extra buzz in the air on October 14th, as Beeston came alive with the sound of music due to the annual Oxjam event taking place at various locations across the town.

A total of 20 cafés, pubs, bars, and venues hosted 125 artists, not forgetting the famous and much-loved Silent Disco at the Victory Club. From Essen at one end of Beeston to The Hop Pole at the other, musicians played for free, raising vital funds for Oxfam. This year, a jaw dropping £26,370 has been raised. Another amazing amount, and probably the most ever.

Although not impossible, it would take up too much space if I were to list everyone involved in the 12 hours of music. Some well known faces shared the stages with many first timers. Some new venues got involved too, which is always welcome. To save valuable print space, here are some photos of those who sang, played, and danced the day and night away.

Also, we mustn’t forget to mention the organisers, volunteers, and sound people that all made the event a success since it began some ten years or so ago.

As one Beestonian put it, “It’s Beeston at its best.”

CDF