MORE than 120 multi-genre acts are expected to play live at a wide variety of venues at this year's Oxjam Exeter event.
The Takeover Weekend will take place on October 19 and 20 and hopes to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Local venues already signed up include The Cavern, The Phoenix (bar), Mama Stones, The Old Firehouse, The Revelry, Cellar Door, The Lemon Grove, The Angel and the Orchard at National Trust Killerton, where Takeover ticket holders will be able to attend their annual Apple and Cider weekend.
Oxjam Exeter is part of a national live music festival, taking place in up to 60 towns and cities across the UK.
The Takeover Weekend is the main event during the festival and in the lead up there will be gigs and various fundraising events, including a music quiz and a 12 hour Zumbathon.
Oxjam was founded 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 for Oxfam in order to fight poverty and suffering around the world.
Local musicians taking part in the weekend event include Alex Gregory, who was nominated for Best Acoustic Act at the South West Music Awards; Hannah Berney, who starred on the BBC1 show The Voice; The Loose Cannons, who won Best Soul/R&B Act at the South West Music Awards and Luke Friend, winner of the Teenstars competition, held at the O2.
It will be the third Oxjam event 16-year-old Alex has taken part in.
"I am really looking forward to playing Oxjam again this year," said the St Leonard's singer/songwriter. "I played the festival a couple of times before and I was really happy to be asked to play again by the Takeover team this year.
"I think Oxjam Exeter 2013 will be bigger and better than ever. It's a great event for local musicians and its all for a good cause.
"'I'll be playing more of my own songs and fewer covers in my set, but its always nice to play a few songs people know and see them singing along."
Alex started performing publicly at age 11. She learned to play guitar to accompany her own powerful vocal and started writing her own material.
She produced her first EP, One of the Same Kind, in 2012. Likened to both KT Tunstall and Beth Orton, she is fast gathering a local following having played a number of gigs and festivals, including Exmouth Festival, Chagstock, Ivylive and Fishstock.
She is currently working on her second EP and can be seen regularly busking in the city centre. She will also be playing at the Acoustica Festival in Exeter on September 14., before taking to the stage at the Takeover Weekend in October.
A team of Devon-based volunteers are organising Oxjam Exeter and hope to raise £10,000 for Oxfam.
David Collier, Oxjam Exeter's Takeover manager, said: "We have some great venues on board for the Takeover Weekend and we can't wait to bring a fantastic live music festival to Exeter, while raising money for such a worthwhile cause."
Over the years Oxjam has gained several high profile celebrity supporters, including Jarvis Cocker, Fatboy Slim, Damon Albarn, Hot Chip 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 events in support of Oxfam GB.
Any acts that would like to get involved in playing at the Exeter event or any organisations interested in sponsorship can contact David at Oxjamexeter2013@gmail.com.
Further information on the event can be found at www.oxfam.org/oxjam or oxjamexeterblogspot.co.uk
Tickets can be purchased via the Oxjam Exeter website: oxjamexeter.blogspot.co.uk or the Facebook page: Oxjam Exeter Takeover 2013.