The music world unites at Glastonbury with a special album in support of Oxfam’s work with refugees worldwide
In the first live Glastonbury album of its kind, world-famous musicians will collaborate with the world’s best-loved festival and Oxfam to Stand As One with people forced to flee conflict, disaster and poverty.
Artists including Coldplay, Muse and Foals will contribute a song recorded during their forthcoming Glastonbury sets to Oxfam Presents: Stand As One – Live at Glastonbury 2016, a special live album in support of Oxfam’s work with refugees worldwide.
The album is dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, MP, a former Oxfam activist, who campaigned tirelessly for refugees.
"We are making this special live album from Glastonbury this summer because the scale of the refugee crisis is so huge we simply had to do something,” said Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis. “We want people who are far from home and frightened to know we are doing whatever we can to help. To know the artists who play here are doing whatever they can. To know the people who love their music are doing whatever they can. Now it’s time for world leaders to do the same. All of us – Glastonbury, Oxfam, musicians and music-lovers everywhere must Stand As One to demand action for refugees.”
Coldplay said “Right now there are more refugees in the world than at any other time in recent history. They could be us and we could be them. The good news is: we can all help.”
Sigur Rós, The Last Shadow Puppets, Chvrches, Wolf Alice, Laura Mvula, Jamie Lawson, John Grant, Jack Garratt, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, Editors, Years & Years and Fatboy Slim are also confirmed for the album, with more expected to join.
The world is in the middle of the most serious refugee crisis since the Second World War. More than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes by brutal conflict and violence, millions more by natural disaster and poverty.
The crisis has prompted the biggest humanitarian response in Oxfam’s history with the international agency delivering aid to almost nine million people last year -the vast majority of whom were fleeing conflict and disaster.
The album is part of Oxfam’s new campaign, to put pressure on world leaders to welcome more refugees, to prevent families from being separated and to keep people fleeing their homes safe from harm.
Ahead of two major summits on the global refugee and migration crisis in New York in September, Oxfam is calling on governments to do everything in their power to help and protect people on the move, and for the UK to play a lead role in making this happen.
Pre-order the album Oxfam Presents: Stand as One – Live at Glastonbury 2016 at http://bit.ly/standalbum
All Parlophone's profits from the album will go to Oxfam’s Refugee Crisis Appeal, providing life-saving essentials like food, water and sanitation.
Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB Chief Executive said, “We are very grateful to Glastonbury for bringing the weight of the music world in support of people in desperate need. I urge people to stand as one with the millions forced to flee and add their voices to some of the most famous voices in the world - buy the album, sign our petition, and make world leaders meeting in New York in September listen."
Now is the time to show that we stand together #StandAsOne
For more information please contact:
Oxfam: Jillian Moody / 01865 472217/ 07557 077 008/ [email protected]
Parlophone Records: Stuart Freeman / 020 7368 3662 / [email protected]
Notes to editors
- Oxfam is a global movement of people all working towards the same goal – an end to the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters, help people earn a living, and speak out on the big issues, like inequality and climate change, that keep people poor. And we won’t stop until we get there. Join us!
- Oxfam works worldwide responding to the needs of hundreds of thousands of people who have been forced to flee conflict, disaster and poverty. This includes bringing safe water to people in Syria, building water systems in camps in Lebanon and Jordan, building latrines in Tanzania and providing food in South Sudan. Closer to home, warm clothes, food, and toiletries as well as legal aid and advice have been provided to people in Greece, Italy, Macedonia and Serbia. Oxfam has built much needed toilets to prevent the spread of disease and made sure people have the information they need to stay safe.