A Festival for a Fiver in Glasgow City Centre

oxjam1A team of 30 volunteers are set to run a one day 15 hour charity festival in five venues across Bath Street and Bath Lane in Glasgow city centre on Saturday October 5.

In 2012 the Oxjam We’re Skint, They’re Skinter volunteers delivered a Festival for a Fiver on Saturday October 6 in SWG3, The IVY and The 78 Café Bar.

This year the festival has moved to the city centre and will take place in The Buff Club, The Buff Low Café, Flat 0/1, Lucky Seven Canteen and Kushion.

Oxjam We’re Skint, They’re Skinter, part of Oxjam – Oxfam’s month-long music festival, started in January 2012 when volunteer Founder Lindsey McGhie decided to run a local music event for charity.

The name, content and price of the event were all crowd-sourced by the people who connected with the festival through social media and the festival website.

Building on the success of last year’s Festival for a Fiver, the second annual event will see a variety of stalls, acoustic singer/songwriters, an assortment of Scottish bands, an Oxfam pop up shop in Flat 0/1, pop up barber, and a ‘never been done before’ After Party across Flat 0/1 and Lucky Seven Canteen.

The event will also see performances from Michael Cassidy, Mono Six, Mickey 9s, Galoshins, We Found Out, Ifoundation, Anna Shields, Darrell Muldoon and many more talented Scottish musicians bringing together a wide variety of sounds with a distinctive Glaswegian feel.

All musicians are donated their performances all in aid to raise money for Oxfam to continue their fight against poverty across the globe.

Michael Cassidy, fresh from his recent festival season appearances across the UK, spoke to Oxjam Skinter’s volunteer radio presenter Neil Wilson from Scottish Fiction about being involved for the second year running.

“It was a great festival last year, I played with some excellent bands, without a doubt it’s worth coming down to check it out this year. Its great people can come and enjoy themselves while raising money for people who are less fortunate.”

Lindsey said: “It’s brilliant to see what the team of volunteers have achieved this year around their other life commitments.

“When I started the project in 2012 I was planning to run a small gig, I’m so proud of what we have achieved in the time we’ve been together as a team.

“It’s set to be a fantastic event and can’t wait to see how much we raise for”

The festival will be open from 12noon until 3am on Saturday October 5.

It’s absolutely free to everyone from 12noon-7pm, only £5 for 12noon-11pm and only £7 for 12noon-3am when tickets are bought in advance from Ticket Scotland.

There will be limited tickets available at the box office on the day.

Oxjam runs all through October with hundreds of events around the UK, all organised by volunteers who know and love their local music scene, all raising money to save lives around the world.

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