Charitable DJ hits decks for 24 hours
A MARATHON musical effort from one Swindon DJ was at the centre of a weekend of fundraising for Oxfam in the town.
The Oxjam Swindon Takeover, a fundraising music festival in aid of Oxfam organised by Julian Hogan, invited more than 50 music acts to perform across three venues on Saturday.
People were asked to pay £5 for entry into MECA, Basement 73 and the Queen’s Tap, but Dan Hewer certainly put in the biggest effort for the charity, with a 24-hour, non-stop DJ set at Artsite, in Theatre Square.
Starting at noon on Saturday, Dan played through 24 different genres until noon on Sunday, with only one hour’s rest in that period.
The weekend’s activities have raised in excess of £700.
Dan, 23, who works in retail, said: “I saw they were looking for acts to perform and I made my interest known with an idea to do something like this.
“You see people running marathons for charity, so why not play music for a marathon length?
“It’s not been too bad; I was struggling between 5am and 6am, but as the finishing line got closer I perked up a bit.
“We have had lots of different people coming and going, people I didn’t think were going to come.
“People have been donating to support the cause too, which is the main thing.
“It’s hard work, but having people around me was so important. If I hadn’t had them here, I probably would have stopped early.
“I am going to be sleeping the next couple of days. I booked Monday off work, because I knew I wouldn’t be feeling great.”
This is the first time Oxjam has taken over Swindon, although the festival has been running across other venues in the UK for the past six years.
Lead organiser Julian, 34, who works in mobile marketing, said: “We are helping people get clean water by helping this charity. We wanted to use music to push that out there.
“We would like to raise as much money as possible, but it’s different in Swindon with the local music vibe.
“This is a new concept which we have tried to do. It’s been a really great event.
“It was well attended as a first-time event in Swindon. It needs to be supported in future years and hopefully it will grow.”
Local businesses got behind the event, with Texicans in Victoria Road, keeping Dan fuelled throughout his music marathon with Mexican platters.
Despite running the late hours on a busy Saturday night in the town centre, Julian said the events ran without incident, with no need for any security measures.
If anyone would like to donate to this cause and reward the efforts of Dan and company, they should text ‘OXSW99 £2 / £5 / £10’ to 70070.
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