Live charity music comes to Barnsley

14 September 2011

A nationwide live music event is being brought to Barnsley for the first time thanks to the efforts of an entertainment company new to the town.
Oxjam is a month-long music festival featuring hundreds of local music events around the UK with proceeds going to life-saving work by charity Oxfam.
Several venues in Barnsley town centre will feature up to 50 bands and performers as part of Barnsley Oxjam on October 22.
The event is being run by Revive Entertainment which launched in Barnsley earlier this year with a start-up grant from the Barnsley Business Mine at the University of Huddersfield’s Barnsley Campus.
The grants, worth £2,400, have been awarded to promising ventures under the Enterprising Barnsley programme which offers business support to Barnsley businesses with growth potential.
The company’s founders Richard Ripley, Matthew Gabrielli and Rick Sellars were all students at the University of Huddersfield and met while working in the university’s student union bar.
The business was started to run music events targeting a student audience and Revive has run numerous gigs in Huddersfield including two student Battle of the Bands competitions.
The trio have now expanded in to Barnsley and hope the Oxjam initiative, as well as being for a cause they feel passionate about, will help them to make contacts with local musicians and venues.
Richard said: “Barnsley’s music scene has got an intense following and it’s quite diverse with very young bands alongside guys who’ve been gigging for 40 years.  
“Oxjam and our smaller warm-up events, including a local three-week Battle of the Bands to win a main slot on October 22, are our introduction to Barnsley. We’ve had amazing backing so far from volunteers, the council and local businesses. We hope that people will turn up and support the event on the day.”
Wristband tickets, which allow entry to participating venues, will go on sale at the beginning of October when the line-up will also start to be announced.   
Richard, Matthew and Rick say their approach differs from other similar outfits in that they are not tied to one venue and they also work hard to make sure bands have everything they need for a gig. Their new website and social networking sites give bands a place to showcase what they are up to.   
Enterprising Barnsley is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre and the University of Huddersfield’s Barnsley Campus. 
The programme has attracted £2.89m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.
For more information about Enterprising Barnsley go to or contact Martin Beasley on 01226 772648 or at
For further details about Revive email, go to or call 07983 630099.
Notes to News Editors:
For more information about the Oxjam event, or Revive, contact as above. 

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