The Big Chill Festival

The Big Chill Festival, Hertfordshire UKThe Big Chill Festival takes place at Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire, UK

The Big Chill Festival 2013 dates – TBC 2012

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Festival Republic, organisers of the Big Chill have reported that unfortunately they have had to cancel this year’s festival and hope to bring it back next year.

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic says:

“It is with a considerable amount of regret that I have decided not to go ahead with The Big Chill in 2012.

I looked long and hard late last year at moving the date so it didn’t clash with the Olympics but the mix of the festival fans desire to keep the date and an inability to find an alternative date that works I plumped for maintaining the existing weekend. Sadly, the artist availability and confirmations we were achieving led me to conclude that I couldn’t risk going ahead with the event as an outdoor event this year. Efforts are being made to look to bring a smaller event indoors this year with the anticipation of Big Chill being back outdoors in 2013.”

The History of The Big Chill Festival
The Big Chill is a multimedia festival, bar, club and record label dedicated to transforming the spirit of our times. The Big Chill Festival offers a highly evolved, all-round experience that is completely unique, with a wide variety of music and performance, art, comedy, dance and film; technology and its relationship with nature; identifying artists and nurturing their creativity. It is about energy, community and fun. The Big Chill Festival does not have a defined ethos, as such, but Big Chillers have been gradually shaping its feel and flavour over the years through input and involvement.

The story so far…

Founded by Pete Lawrence and Katrina Larkin in 1994, The Big Chill has grown from humble beginnings into a highly-respected organisation.

From its genesis as a Sunday all-dayer in Islington’s Union Chapel, and an outdoor event the following summer which saw 700 people gather in the Black Mountains on the Welsh borders, The Big Chill’s main annual event moved in 1998 to Dorset’s Larmer Tree Gardens as ‘The Enchanted Garden’, where it established its reputation as one of the most innovative new events over the next five years, as the number of Big Chillers grew from a few hundred to 5000.

After a one-off event at Lulworth Castle in Dorset in 2001, The Big Chill Festival upgraded to its new home, the Eastnor Castle Deer Park in the beautiful setting of the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire in 2002. It has since upped its numbers to 35,000 in 2007 whilst retaining its intimacy – principally by word-of-mouth recommendation – ensuring that those who come to the event recognise and respect its unique atmosphere. The community lives on throughout the year through our bars and, of course, this website and its associated forum.

The Big Chill also runs a record label, releasing newly-discovered artists and compilations. And with The Big Chill taking its ethos worldwide with events in India, The Greek islands, Cairo, Helsinki, Budapest, Prague, Australia, New Zealand and Japan we are spreading the chill-out vibe all over the world.

The Big Chill Line Up – 2011
Kanye West, Rodrigo y Gabriel, The Chemical Brothers, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Spoek Mathambo, Steel Pulse, The Stepkids, Submotion Orchestra, Warpaint, Wild Beasts, xxxy,, Prince Fatty Soundsystem, Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Scuba, ~ Prince Fatty Soundsystem, Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, The Midnight Beast, Mulatu Astatke & The Black Jesus Experience, Mr. Scruff, Neneh Cherry, Norman Jay, Plastician, Kissy Sell Out Symphony of Light, Ladi6, Liam Bailey, Lil Silva, Luke Vibert, Mahala BaÏ Banda, Matthew Halsall Remixed, Metronomy, ~ Janelle Monáe, Jaymo & Andy George, Jessie J, Jimmy Edgar, Just Jack (DJ Set), Kanye West, Katy B, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Ghostpoet, Global Communication (DJ set), Hercules and Love Affair, Horace Andy, Jamie Woon, Jamie xx, Fantastic Mr Fox, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Fenech-Soler, Flying Lotus (Live), Four Tet, Future Boogie DJs, Dirtyphonics, DJ Derek, DJ Food, East Park Reggae Collective, Electrelane, Electric Wire Hustle, Example, Congo Natty and Tenor Fly (full live show), Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show, Crystal Fighters, Cubic Zirconia, Devlin, ~ The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, Buraka Som Sistema, Calvin Harris, Chipmunk, 2manyDJs, About Group, Aloe Blacc, Andreya Triana, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Empire Of The Sun, The Bullitts featuring Jay Electronica and Lucy Liu, Dionne Bromfield, King Midas Sound, Engine-Earz Experiment, Tom Middleton, Here We Go Magic, NZ Shapeshifter, Taylor McFerrin


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