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Our Big Gig across England this weekend!

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England’s biggest community music festival! 

  • Our Big Gig events happening across the country in July
  • Community groups organising free music events of all genres
  • 10th - 12th July 2015
  • www.ourbiggig.co.uk

Our Big Gig is here!  Superact CIC and the Department of Communities and Local Government have joined forces in supporting groups to organise summer music celebrations. The England-wide project has been dubbed the nation’s largest community music festival and is taking place from the 10th - 12th July.

Communities Minister Baroness Williams said:

“Our Big Gig gives music lovers the chance to enjoy a weekend of free bands and top tunes in live local gigs across the country.

“You might get to dust off your dancing shoes. You might find your new favourite band. But by taking part, you will definitely will get to know your local community, helping to turn neighbours into friends – so I’d urge everyone to get on down to [Venue], and see what’s going on.”

Here is round up of what to expect in some of the regions:

North England

"This year’s Our Big Gig promises to be the most special yet. All across the North, we’ve got gigs in pubs, on river boats, at the seaside and in the city!! The Love New Brighton Parade taking place in the fantastic regenerated seaside resort of new Brighton promises to be special. It will be led by Wirral Samba Band and the organisers are hoping to bring a little bit of Rio to our sure. Right now we’ve certainly got the weather fro it!! And in Bradford the Sound of the Suburbs event - part of Bradford’s Urban Music Festival is going to be an amazing day featuring a wide range of  music that everyone can enjoy on the main stage alongside workshops and masterclasses taking place throughout  the day at our specially constructed Pod Village. Go to www.allstarents.co.uk for more information!"

Christine Spriggs, North of England Regional Manager

Central England

"Here in the Central region we are looking forward to over a dozen Our Big Gig events, both large and small, indoor and outside.  Our first event will be at Acocks Green Carnival who are hosting a Youth Stage and free music making workshops as part of their annual community event.  They have been going over 40 years and are thrilled to be involved with Our Big Gig for the first time!  On Saturday 11th July we have two wonderful events in Shropshire, one at Flaxmill Maltings in Shrewsbury and one in Whitchurch.  Both are run by local community activists to provide a stage for local musicians old and young.  The final event in the Central region will be in Lincoln and run once again by our wonderful Youth Ambassadors Eleni and Sophie from Action LN2.  This event is now in its third year but still very much organised by and for local young people."

Nicola Toms, Central England Regional Manager

South West England

Events have been springing up far and wide, and, as can be expected of a city proud of its musical identity, Bristol is no exception.  A range of local talent is on board including soul singer and Ujima presenter Kizzy Morrell, popular jazz artiste Lady Nade and St. Paul’s Carnival Director Cleo Lake.

Cleo’s ‘Get Up, Stand Up: Skank Out Tour Launch’ takes place on 11th July at the Kuumba Centre in St. Paul’s, and involves the creation of a new dance routine to be taught in other areas of the city over the summer. Music spans Bristol classics, original tunes and guest mixes, and workshops include Krump Basics with Jay Kellias and a Dance Selecta Sound System class.

Cleo says “we believe in the power of music and dance to bring people together to be creative, express themselves and unite. We hope you will join us, dance with us and create with us to some amazing music”.

Bristol’s Kizzy Morrell is a soul singer originally mentored by Motown artists including the Temptations and Drifters who has previoulsy worked with Prince, the Eurythmics and Take That. Her not-for-profit Studio 7 provides young people, many from troubled backgrounds, with music industry mentoring and guidance. Kizzy’s Our Big Gig, planned for the end of July, coincides with the launch of her new community space the Projekt nightclub in central Bristol. The event will give young people from Studio 7 a chance to perform in front of a wide audience. Kizzy is being supported by own of her own mentees, jazz singer Lady Nade, who is passionate about Bristol community initiatives.

Kizzy says “our own community music festival – this is a dream come true, and so much more!”

Locals do not have to go much further afield to discover an event to tickle their fancy. At Page Park in South Gloucestershire Westerley Showband are hosting a day of musical exploration and entertainment including Balkan folk songs and dance; Kingswood winds; Staple Hill school children’s choir; Black Sheep Harmony; and the Showband themselves, featuring Mezzo Soprano Alex Denman. Audiences will also have the chance to join the Bristol Ukulele jam in a fun singalong.

And in Somerset, Our Big Gig joins with the annual Blake Gardens bandstand festival to host an afternoon of diverse local talent including the Apple County Chorus, folk multi-instrumentalist Sam Patten of local barndance band Hobson’s Choice, and the Chard Concert brass band. The Blake Museum will provide teas, homemade cakes and ice creams from their nearby garden.

Ursula Billington, South West Project Assistant 

To find your nearest event check out our map here