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The Oxjam Takeover 2012

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This Saturday 20th October sees Leeds host the seventh Oxjam Takeover Festival.

Starting in 2006, Oxjam is a month-long music festival throughout October celebrating the best of unsigned, under the radar acts held in various cities all over the UK - all for a good cause.

The festival is run by volunteers and the aim is to help fight poverty with the tagline of local music making a global impact. The festival caters to a wide range of music tastes for lovers of all genres including rock, jazz, dance, classical, indie and loads more.

Along with hundreds of events nationwide, four events across four different venues will be held in Leeds. Wristbands cost £4-£5 which includes entry into all the venues for a full day and night of music, charity and fun.

A huge selection of talented musicians, vocalists and DJs will be hitting Leeds to get the party started and continuing it on well in to the night. Contemporary pool and music bar The Elbow Room will play host to the finest music acts West Yorkshire has to offer.

Escobar will play a major part, seeing a huge array of live music. Escobar in the Leeds Civic Quarter is a Mexican style bar restaurant and live music venue; the perfect place for such an occasion, the dark brooding interior and mood lighting will be a great backdrop for the event.

The Nation of Shopkeepers (a personal favourite of mine) will also see the best of Leeds music. A bar which claims to refuse to play the likes of Lady Gaga or Rihanna, favouring more alternative bands such as The Clash or The XX; so we can expect more of the same this Saturday.

Grab one of their delicious burgers while you have a beer listening to music and knowing that all your cash is going towards the aid of countries overseas to give them a better life.

This is the easiest way to give to charity whilst having fun and raising awareness at the same time. The fourth and final venue is The Fenton, a traditional pub I can easily picture my dad in. The festival encourages people to hear unknown bands which allows them to be seen, provides charity for developing Third World countries and aims to show an exciting and alternative way of fundraising.

So this Saturday go along to one of the UK's biggest festivals for some guilt free fun.
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When: 20th October
Where: Leeds
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