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Listings for October 17th, 2014

APPEARING ON Friday, October 17th, 2014

Oxjam presents The Queens Minions, The Black Butterfly & Sparrowhawks

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Free Entry after 9pm with Oxjam wristband

What is Oxjam?



Oxjam began in 2006, with the aim of creating a network of music-loving people across the UK, all united by a shared goal – to raise money to fight poverty and suffering around the world. Oxjam is still going strong, with hundreds of incredible gigs taking place each October.

Over 1.2 million people have  been to an Oxjam gig.

So far there have been over 4,500 Oxjam events across the UK.

Over the years we’ve gained several high profile celebrity supporters, including Jarvis Cocker, Fatboy Slim, Damon Albarn, Hot Chip, 2manydjs and many more. But at its heart Oxjam is still a grassroots festival, with thousands of volunteers celebrating music in their local communities by organising their own gigs in support of Oxfam GB.

There are loads of ways to get involved with Oxjam and be a part of the UK’s biggest festival line up, check out our ‘contact us’ page if you want to get in touch.

What’s it all for?

 Watch this video to learn how Oxfam works.

Oxjam events raise money to help Oxfam combat poverty and suffering around the world.

 Since 2006 Oxjam has raised over £2.3 million for Oxfam.

 Last year, Oxfam’s emergency and development work reached a staggering 15 million people in 55 countries!

Playing At Telford’s

The Queens Minions

The Queens Minions 2

Dirty rock and roll blues band!

The Black Butterfly

The Black Butterfly

Raised by Wolves in the middle of Chester’s fountains roundabout, THE BLACK BUTTERFLY expanded upon a foundation of raw rock n’roll to a create a heady, sour-mash blend of rhythm & melody somewhere between the desert thirst of a spaghetti western, sleazy, whore-house blues and the later days of the Beatles psychedelia. This was not intentional. More so the natural reflection of a million influences and 5 souls indentured to making music, their own way & for their own reasons. Through a wall of guitars the songs tell stories of the sea, the bloodstream, luck, lust and redemption from heavy crime. With feet firmly on the floor and their heads high in the clouds, the band are working hands-on with independent labels to create their own means to record a full album this year; creating their own studio, their own scene and promotion for themselves and other artists of all kinds – music, film and visual arts – definitely ones to watch for 2014.



Sparrowhawks’ beautifully crafted songs grasp the imagination with the slick proficiency of the woodland hunter the band takes its name from. Experiencing these songs is to feel the imagination swoop and nosedive through complex time-shifts before soaring with delicious harmonies that almost fly you too close to the sun.

This is a complete and mature sound created by a band whose first two free EPs have captivated audiences across Wales and the north West, securing them a BBC Radio Wales session late in 2013.

BBC Radio Wales DJ Adam Walton has championed this band from the beginning writing that Sparrowhawks

“elicit sunshine on your eyelids like no band I have heard come out of “my” part of the world hitherto. That they do it with such effortless, unshowy sophistication is scattering smiles across my inflatable face like you would not believe.”