TOP bands and DJs will entertain the 400-strong ‘congregation’ when a city centre church is taken over for a charity music festival.
Oxjam Church Takeover will see the 19th century City Road Church play host some of the best musical talent in the area in an effort to raise money for poverty charity Oxfam.
The stellar line-up features 14 DJs, including Anton Powers from Radio City 96.7, and indie group The Loose Kites will perform their new album.
Magimixyz are hosting the eight-hour long festival on Friday, October 18 with entertainment from 9pm until 5am.
Organiser Guy Rockett said the night would be raising money for an important cause.
He said: “I worked in Oxfam in the past and it’s so important to me.
“I've organised events for many years including events for Alchemy and now I'm helping to organise Oxjam events. It's very exciting.”
Other names on the bill include Reprobate DJ Danny Ellis and Gareth Marchant and Evan McKinney from Surco Profundo.
Mashup DJ Chris Beale, Eddy Taylor from Reversion and Mick McGaw from Evolution are also on the line-up.
Guy said: “I’ve had a really good reaction from all the DJs. They all do their own promotions in and around Chester and they all know about each others gigs but they’ve never worked all together. They’re all really excited to play together under one roof.”
City Road Church dates back to 1867 and the festival will be split between the church hall where the bar will be and the chapel with DJs playing on the altar.
Guy said: “The location’s ideal with bars and clubs nearby and the rail station five minutes away.
“I specifically wanted a church for the venue. I've always wanted to do it as it’s an amazing venue.”
With space for between 400 and 500 people, Guy is now focusing his efforts into publicising the festival.
He said: “I’ll be promoting the event around Revolution and am campaigning in West Chester College and offering signed Loose Kites CDs to the students.
“It’s so important to me to back Oxfam’s campaign and get people involved. It’s a global charity and it helps so many people.”
Oxjam runs throughout October and involves gigs being put on by people who are passionate about music and who want to help out a great cause.
For more details and tickets costing £8.50 go to www. skiddle.com/e/11909480/.