Saturday 20th October was the day when Leicester went live music crazy. Oxjam is the annual national music festival designed to raise funds and awareness for Oxfam and their campaigns to fund essential services in countries and communities who are faced with extreme deprivation and poverty. Leicester’s Oxjam contribution was a takeover of the cities Cultural Quarter, over fourteen venues and two hundred bands and performers. This is turning into a monumental event for Leicester and showcased the immense amount of talent in the city and the passions there is for live music.
DemonFM played it’s part by running the stage at Thread and broadcasting live for the day. Twelve bands performing live and broadcast to Leicester is no easy thing to do. There’s a lot of organisation and planning that has to go in to getting people and equipment int he right places at the right time, being informed and saying the right things, while also having a good sense of fun and ensuring that the listener at home gets a full sense of what the event is about.
Originally the DemonFM volunteers wanted to broadcast from 1pm to 5pm, but it soon became apparent that more could be achieved. Mark Lisle, who had taken the helm for organising the event was unruffled by the many twists and turns. He was well supported by Jess Temby and Caz Harby who provided support and back-up for the broadcast, Among the presenters for the day Chris Longman and Dan Ansell did stirling work in keeping the listeners engaged with the flow of the day. With Aaron, Sam and Danni working the desk and the stage throughout the day and ensuring that the bands started and finished on time.
I only intended to hang around for a couple of hours, but the whole event was such a buzz that I ended-up lugging equipment back into the De Montfort University studios well past midnight. It had been a long day for the team, and they looked shattered, and yet the elation at having succeeded in producing such a memorable outside broadcast was tangible. I can’t wait for the next OB to take place.