When: Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th August.
Where: Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire.
Now in it’s 17th year the Big Chill is one of the must-go-to festivals this year, having established itself as one of the more unique and innovative events on the festival calendar. Since its birth in 1994, the event has grown in popularity and size and has had many settings across the country, finally settling down in the picturesque surroundings of the Malvern Hills. The site boasts a forest, four lakes and an arboretum, offering a perfect location to get away from the stresses of everyday life and immerse yourself in the countryside, art and music. The Big Chill has gained a reputation over the years for having an eclectic mix of genres and artists on its roster. Previous acts have included Massive Attack, Zero 7, M.I.A, Amy Winehouse, Goldfrapp, Lily Allen and Royksopp and genres spanning everything from folk, jazz, soul and blues to hip-hop, dance and pop, showcasing the best of the . This year’s offering is shaping up to be one of the best line ups of 2011.
Headlining this year’s event are The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West and Roderigo Y Gabriela. The Big Chill have also announced that they will be opening the main stage a day early to accommodate James Blake as the thursday opening headliner for the festival.
Following the thursday opening, The Chemical Brothers will headline the main Deer Park Stage and will be joined by Empire Of The Sun, Neneh Cherry and the brilliant Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Recent chart topper Jesse J will support Kanye West on the Saturday along with Metronomy, Tom Middleton and Crystal Fighters with 2manydjs bringing the stage to a triumphant close. Sunday will see Rodrigo y Gabriela adding their folk and latin stylings to the Deer Park stage. The duo seen a spectacular rise to success, with sellout shows at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and a number one album in the American Billboard’s World Music Charts for 10 weeks, the pair will be sure to impress as sunday’s headliners. We are very excited to see British reggae legends, Steel Pulse, joining Rodrigo y Gabriela on the Sunday as well as Warpaint and Robert Plant and The Band of Joy. Acclaimed video artist Chris Cunningham will make a rare appearance to end Sunday’s proceedings.
As well as the main Deer Park Stage, the festival features three more music stages with The Revellers’ Stage, The People’s Ear Stage and the Starburst.
Headlining The Revellers’ Stage will be MOBO award winning Chipmunk, Calvin Harris, and funk legends Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings with performances from Katy B, Jamie Woon, Liam Bailey and Disco/House pushers Hercules and Love Affair. The People’s Ear Stage features music from lyrical wizard Ghostpoet, Four Tet, Jamie xx. Flying Lotus was set to headline the stage but to much disappointment the performance was cancelled. Starburst will play host to Mr Scruff, Kissy Sell Out Symphony of Light and DJ sets from Global Communication, Vampire Weekend and Just Jack.
The boutique festival offers more than just music and this year sees an inspiring line-up of comedy, cabaret and cinema as well as the White Rabbit Lounge, Shh Headphone party, the Starburst Cubes Light Sculpture, the Global Local Tent and The Little Chill Kids’ Area. As the name suggests The Big Chill is a destination for those who like to kick back and the Body & Soul area will increase this year, offering more chance than ever before to truly ‘Chill’ through holistic and therapeutic pursuits and a new ambient stage.
Adult weekend camping passes are £165 plus a booking fee and you can now buy two day tickets with camping for £120. For tickets and more details click here.
Big Chill gave teamed up with National Express to offer deals on getting to the festival click here for details. A free shuttle bus will also be running to and from the Great Malvern train station.