REVIEW: Oxjam Beeston Music Festival


As news of Oxjam’s amazing £15,000 fundraising total breaks, Platform reporter Nyasha Smith tells of her experience with the festival…

The day started off with some cool blues over at Nottingham’s own Cluedo Club with their rendition of Spirit in the Sky, as written by Psychedelic Norman Greenbaum. This performance really set the tone for the afternoon as local fans and the crowd found a hearty familiarity throughout their set.

From the old to the new talent, I was soon carried away to a the beautifully quaint Creative Corner where I saw the raw talent of Joel Price and young Lia White. Joel performed some lovely indie music including original song Fire on stage, while Lia played performed covers of No Scrub, and stunned the audience with an acoustic version of the Calvin Harris track How Deep is Your Love as well as her original song The Next Step. This girl is definitely one to watch in the future.

As I enjoyed a lovely latte in the Creative Corner, I was dazzled by the folk, funk and rock instrumental band that is Dogs in Caves. This band consists of Dave and Nathan who were a successful university band that teamed together to form an acoustic duo. Their piece was both hypnotising and moving, definitely one to enjoy with a pick-me-up coffee.

I also enjoyed watching Fate who are and all girl band (yes) who both evoked femininity and sexuality as they covered great songs such as Creep and Guns and Roses What’s Not to Love?

As the night loomed and the sky darkened I decided to move post and perhaps substitute the coffee for a more suiting drink so I moved to the bar where I was just in time to see Samuel P who is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Nottingham. Samuel did an amazing mashup of songs Hey There Delilah, Lose yourself, That’s What Makes You Beautiful, and Summertime Sadness, and it had just the right wow factor as you would expect.

A highlight performance for me was band No Disco who performed for the third time at Oxjam.

I had a brilliant day at Oxjam, a real hidden gem in the town of Beeston. There was so much to see and do, I only wish I could have stayed longer! See you next year Oxjam!

By Nyasha Smith