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Musicians donate Glastonbury live tracks to Oxfam refugee album

Published 04/08/2016

Chris Martin of Coldplay, performing live on The Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival
Chris Martin of Coldplay, performing live on The Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival

Music stars have joined together to release a collection of live songs to raise money for Oxfam and the charity's work with refugees across the world.

Artists including Coldplay, Muse, Foals, Editors and Laura Mvula have donated tracks that were recorded during their recent Glastonbury Festival sets. The album will be released ahead of two major summits in New York in September that will discuss the global migration crisis.

The record is called Oxfam Presents: Stand As One - Live At Glastonbury 2016 and forms part of the charity's campaign of the same name.

It is being dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, with proceeds going to the Jo Cox Fund - an organisation set up following the death of the MP and former Oxfam campaigner on June 16.

English rock band Editors donated a live version of hit single Munich from their music festival set for the compilation, and Mvula gave her track People.

The band said of the current global refugee crisis: "A lot of us have got kids and the images of families, just trying to get somewhere safe; it lingers long in the memory."

They added that "to help is quite a natural thing to do" and "the UK is not housing enough" refugees.

Singer Mvula said: "I'm donating a track because we need to do more about this refugee situation. The world needs to change."

She urged her fans to buy the album and sign Oxfam's petition, which asks the Prime Minister to share responsibility with other world leaders in providing safety and hope for people forced to flee violence, poverty and disaster.

Oxfam said more than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the ongoing conflicts in several nations.

The charity has reached out to help those in need in countries including Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

Other artists involved in the Parlophone-produced album include Madness, Years & Years, New Order, Jess Glynne, Jack Garratt and The Last Shadow Puppets.

:: Oxfam Presents: Stand as One - Live at Glastonbury 2016 is available to buy on Friday August 5.

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