Medway Eyes is proud to present Medway Happenings 2011, the fourth annual all day music festival for Oxjam. This event was originally started by Medway Eyes’ great friend and frequent collaborator Bob Collins back in 2008. Bob is a huge music enthusiast and former member of legendary Medway band The Dentists, among others. Bob met Medway Eyes chairman Phil Dillon (a musician then and a photographer now) back in the Eighties when their respective bands were part of the Medway Bands Co-Op, and initiative that would one day inspire the creation of Medway Eyes itself.
Medway Eyes is an independent collective that operates as a charity with a team of eight trustees at its core and an army of contributors. It makes perfect sense for Medway Eyes to adopt Medway Happenings, with Bob at the helm, now that it has grown into one of the biggest local music events in the calendar. The line up for 2011 includes Theatre Royal, The Len Price 3, Didi Bergman, The Galileo 7, The Flowing, Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society, Groovy Uncle, Frau Pouch, Crybaby Special and Simon Bunyan, and the event takes place between 1pm and 9pm on Sunday 28th August at the Command House in Chatham.
The day itself as much about Oxjam as it is about the music. Oxjam fights poverty through ongoing development work, campaigning and emergency relief at home and abroad, but is particularly focused on the current East Africa appeal. There will be collections on the day, and you can also donate online. The event is being put on in association with the Medway Broadside, Medway’s independent, people-powered alternative news source, so expect some coverage there as well as some ‘mini-Glasto’ moments popping up online thanks to media students from Mid-Kent College.
Photograph [Theatre Royal](c) Phil Dillon