FOR the past six years, Oxford has been taken over each October by Oxjam – the one-day, multi-venue music festival with hundreds of musicians performing for free to raise money for the city's most famous charity.

This autumn, in Oxfam's 75th anniversary year, the Oxjam flag is being flown just one 14-year-old boy.

Max Blansjaar, who lives in Drayton St Leonard near Dorchester, South Oxfordshire, has never organised a gig before, but he is now planning Oxford's only Oxjam gig this year at the new Tap Social Movement brewery in Curtis Industrial Estate, off the Botley Road in North Hinksey.

He has reserved the date – Sunday, November 5 – and booked his favourite Oxford bands: Lucy Leave (who he describes as 'avant-garde art rock'), Moogieman, Semi Urban Fox and Brixton.

Now he just needs a few fellow music lovers to come along and make his day a great success.

Max, who goes to the Europa School in Culham, said: "This is my first gig as a promoter – my sister is very involved in the Oxford music scene both as a promoter and a musician playing in Self Help, so she sort-of introduced me to the people and the opportunities.

"I am a musician but, being 14 years old, there are obviously some limits to how much you can do within the music scene.

"I saw this as a great way to be involved with such a great community, while doing something good for Oxfam."

Max has another family link to the cause: his dad Martijn Blansjaar is head of logistics and supply at Oxfam, overseeing the charity's massive international aid efforts such as for the recent hurricanes in the Americas, from its Cowley headquarters.

In fact, that job was part of the reason the family moved to the UK from Amsterdam, where Max was born.

With his big sister Silke making waves in the local music scene and his dad helping save lives around the world, Max said he wanted to make his own mark on the world.

The pianist and guitarist said: "I just felt like 'I can do something as well'.

"People ask you 'what have you been up to lately?', and this is a really nice way of doing something you love and doing some good at the same time."

He chose bands for his gig based on his own idiosyncratic music tastes which include indie rock legends Franz Ferdinand and poet-composer Benjamin Clementine.

He added: "Everyone has been really nice about it, so everything has gone very smoothly so far."

The gig on November 5 will run from 2.30pm to 6pm and tickets cost £5 for over-12s, with under-12s getting in for free.

Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult and the bar will be serving Tap Social beers.

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