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The Big Chill Festival
Photo by Andy Gray
A short history of the Big Chill
Find out how the event began, when it moved to Eastnor and why it's much more than just a festival...
The Big Chill is one of the newest events in the festival calendar, having only started in 1994.
Originally, the show began as a Sunday only event - at London Islington's Union Chapel. The event was such a success that Pete Lawrence and Katrina Larkin decided to take it somewhere bigger - so they put the show on the road.
Circus field - Big Chill
The following summer the Big Chill was back - at the foot of the Black Mountains. Some 700 people followed them there, until they decided they needed somewhere bigger still. So off they went to Dorset in 1998.
Well now they were really stuck. Instead of a few hundred people coming out to support live music, there were 5,000 of them. So in 2002 the Big Chill moved to its new home at Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury.
Last year the annual event attracted well over 27,000 people to the beautiful surroundings of the Malvern Hills - and the organisers say this was entirely by word of mouth.
Photo by Andy Gray
Not just an event
But the Big Chill isn't just an event. It's also a record label, releasing new music from international artists performing in The Greek islands, Cairo, Helsinki, Budapest, Prague, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Some of the big names to have appeared at the Big Chill during their career include; Zero 7, Amy Winehouse, Lemon Jelly, Goldfrapp, Talvin Singh and Royksopp, - with the festival specialising in everything from folk, jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues and pop.
The Big Chill celebrates creativity in all its forms. And as well as being entertained audibly, visitors are also treated to a selection of spoken word, film, dance and sound-responsive visuals.
last updated: 10/08/2009 at 21:26
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