Oxfordshire Youth is taking over Broad Meadow next weekend in collaboration with In-Spire Sounds.
Oxfordshire Youth are showcasing some amazing Oxfordshire talent on August 14 which includes music, creativity and fundraising on Broad Street’s newly transformed public and pedestrianised space.
Headliners include rapper José Kelly, acapella group The Accidentals, Chiika from In-Spire Sounds Records. They will also be joined live by artist and singer Olivia Chevallier, who will be creating art as well as singing.
Event organiser Cathy Talbot says: ”Oxfordshire Youth is very excited to host the Youth Takeover Day at the new Broad Meadow, in Oxford’s city centre. We want to bring young people together to celebrate International Youth Day, empowering the youth in Oxfordshire to showcase their talent and to gather the community together to have a fun and music filled day.
“We have lots of incredible acts who will be taking over the stage, and some of our wonderful volunteers will be collecting money for our charity, and will be available for pedestrians and attendees to discuss the work we do for young people in Oxfordshire”.
Here’s more about the acts involved:
- Olivia Chevallier is a freelance artist, illustrator, and singer who is passionate about storytelling, and the beauty of nature. During the Takeover Day, Olivia will be creating a live masterpiece and performing an acoustic vocal set.
- Chiika who meshes alt-pop with tinges of R&B and Indian music via In-Spire Sounds, writes genre-defying songs that reflect her experience growing up as a queer, second generation, Indian immigrant. Born in London and raised in Oxford, Chiika’s music is about relationships, aspirations, and self-reflections; while her lyrics are honest and core-cutting. A natural performer, she has already impressed with her success in the Roundhouse Unsigned competition: “An artist developing a distinct style that bodes well going forward…shades of Ms Dynamite in a mash with Kele Le Roc while Poppy Ajudha adds spices”
- The Accidentals are a student-run group of singers based at Didcot Girls’ School. Made up of both current and past students, they arrange and perform a variety of pieces both a cappella and accompanied. As well as singing in concerts, including venues like Dorchester Abbey, they busk around Oxford to raise money for The Gatehouse, Children in Need, and Emmaus Oxford. During the pandemic, they have continued to make music through virtual recordings.
- José Kelly founded a record label called HTI Records – a collective of singers, rappers, artists, and producers, who are actively making music and films in the creative arts scene. He performed tracks from his album Eagle at the Oxfordshire Youth Awards in 2020. Born and brought up in Mozambique, Africa, he relocated to Oxford, a considerable culture shock. Finding solace in his faith and music, the prolific rapper uses this experience in his music to shape him as a person and a musician.
Join the team on Broad Meadow from 12pm on Saturday 14 for an outstanding afternoon! Go to http://www.oxfordshireyouth.org fore more details.
As well as taking over Broad Street, Oxfordshire Youth’s Information Hub can be found on Cornmarket Street engaging with parents and carers about the charity and its work over the past 70+ years.
Whether you can attend the event or not, you can donate £3 by texting OXYOUTH to 70085. http://www.oxfordshireyouth.org