Matlock gets jamming at charity music fundraiser

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Matlock town centre is to become a venue once again for a mini music festival in aid of charity.

The Loft, Black Hippo, Twenty Ten, Moca bar and Monk bar will be hosting live music and entertainment as part of Oxjam, a music festival set up to raise money for Oxfam.

Matlock resident Steven Murphy, who runs Peak Promotions, decided to organise the charity event – the first of its kind in Matlock – following the success of Matlock Festival in the summer.

The 25–year–old said: “Oxjam was set up for volunteers to run festivals to raise money for the Oxfam charity.

“We’ve got ten events running over five different venues. It’s about local musicians playing for a good cause. We’ve got 30 or 40 bands playing.

“It’s actually one of the biggest Oxjam events in the country. Oxfam advised us to run one event, they said we wouldn’t be able to run more than that, but we didn’t listen to them.”

Oxjam will take place between October 30 and November 2 and has been made possible with funding from Maazi, The Shisha Shack and Magpie, as well as the five venues themselves. Sophie Boulton of Dvision One Graphic Design is designing the posters and flyers for free.