We chat to Theme Park ahead of their gig amongst the second hand books & bric-a-brac with Graham Coxon to raise money for Oxfam
Next week, East London's Oxfam store will be throwing its annual festival Oxjam raising money for their charitable cause in its sixth year. Bringing down some of the biggest names to perform shows in their unusual setting, they'll be kick starting with the likes of Graham Coxon, Hot Chip, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and The 2 Bears.
Made up of hundreds of fundraising music events put on by volunteers, this year's Oxjam gigs range will from large-scale festivals to local sponsored busks across cities in the UK from Aberdeen to Bournemouth - meaning the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK. During October, more than 800 venues, 9,000 volunteers, 7,000 musicians and 150,000 audience members will enable Oxjam to raise at least £350,000 for Oxfam’s work.
For the first year ever, Oxfam will be leaving the shop floor exclusively in the hands of Hot Chip. The band will be having their own Oxjam party, inviting friends to donate their music, join them on stage to spin their favourite records and hidden gems uncovered in the shop. The band will also be helping the shop out with some exclusive merchandising by creating some "recommended by Hot Chip" racks of vinyl.
Here we speak to the London-based band Theme Park ahead of their gig next Monday about what's to come...
Dazed Digital: What has been the most exciting thing you've done in the last month?
Miles - Theme Park: Well we just got back from Ibiza Rocks last night which was incredibly exciting. The gig was great and then after we went to this party in the hotel where they filmed Club Tropicana and Queen wrote We Are The Champions, and that was very cool!
DD: What are you most looking forward to next?
Miles - Theme Park: Lots of things! We're going to Jakarta for a few shows next week, which will be the furthest gig from home we've ever done. And also the Bloc Party tour in October will be amazing.
DD: Have you played anything like this before?
Miles - Theme Park: I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure this is our first gig for a charity.
DD: How did you get involved in this project?
Miles - Theme Park: We just got an email out of the blue really, saying that they had enjoyed the songs we'd released so far and would be keen to play at one of their shows. I think everyone was really keen partly because even though we're not yet mega rock stars, it does sometimes feels like lots of people are helping us out with stuff. So it felt nice to do a show where we were helping other people. And also of course we were incredibly excited to be playing a show supporting Graham Coxon!
DD: Why do you think this is a cause that you particularly wanted to be involved in? What do you want the audience to leave with on their minds?
Miles - Theme Park: Well I don't think poverty is a very good thing, and its nice to be able to do something, even if its very small, to try to change that. Hopefully happiness at the music they've heard, and also happy that they did a small deed for charity by buying a ticket and coming to the show.
Monday 24 September: Graham Coxon, Theme Park (acoustic set), plus support
Tuesday 25 September: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs DJ set, Breach (Aka Ben Westbeech), plus support
Wednesday 26 September: Lucy Rose, Kyla La Grange, plus support
Thursday 27 September: Hot Chip & friends including Hot Chip DJ set, The 2 Bears and special guests TBA.
Oxjam takes place on the weekend of 20th & 21st October. Tickets to the shows go on sale HERE. Tickets for these exclusive one-off performances will raise money for Oxfam’s lifesaving work around the world.