Cambridge Big Weekend
Summer has landed here in the UK and it’s here with a bang! Our previous summers here in the UK were not the best, so we have not been getting much source of Vitamin D. This summer, we have seen the weather reaching up to 30 Degrees! With this lovely weather, of course comes the festivals. We have been met with likes of Parklife, Download festival, Wireless & Strawberries & Creem festival, which is hosted in Cambridge.
Since Cambridge is one of the most visited cities in the UK, Cambridge hosts many festivals, bringing different cultures and personalities together to connect & allow people to enjoy themselves. The next upcoming event in Cambridge is The Big Weekend, which begins on Friday 13th July until Sunday 15th July at Parker's Piece, Cambridge. The Big Weekend consists of range of activities & live performances across the whole weekend and the great thing about it is, it is completely free to enter!
The beginning of the Festival which kicks off Friday at 6PM with Cambridge based Band, Swagger who are a five-piece funk, rock and cheese band and following the opening band, the Elton John Tribute, Ultimate Elton and The Rocket Band produced by Stuart Epps. This is the BEST Elton John tribute band you will ever hear! The night ends with Right Said Fred with 90s pop hit ‘I’m too Sexy’!
Check out all the Performances and events on Friday below
BPM Live Silent Disco –
During the midst of the performances, there will be the popular BPM Live Silent disco, which is on both Friday & Saturday night. If you don’t know what a Silent Disco is, it’s when you are given wireless headphones and music is broadcasted to them and a range of music played, like Drum & Bass, Pop, RnB, Rap/Hip Hop, House, Disco, 80s & 90s and much more. The time you are able to enter this is at 7PM and goes on until 10PM. Entry age for this is 16+
French Market –
The French Market provides a range of French treats. If you are a big cheese connoisseur, this is the festival for you – a Range of local & regional cheeses are brought in for this Event for you to taste and enjoy, as well as that freshly baked bread & patisserie made every day over the weekend, including a lot more. The French market starts at 12 noon until 10PM throughout the weekend.
Food Stalls & Bars –
From the beginning of the event till the very end, Food stalls & bars are set up for those of you hungry & thirsty ones. A variety of culinary foods from around the whole is provided. This includes street foods from India, Greece, Tibet, Chinese and Caribbean & a lot more of other foods like pizzas, hot dogs, donuts, ice cream & churros.
The night finishes off with a great fireworks display by Pains fireworks. To celebrate the multi-cultural city, a range of colours & effects are displayed.
Saturday Performances and Events
The Festival starts at 12 in the afternoon and finished at 10PM!
On The Main Stage, there will be performances from Hold Fast who are a new and exciting rockabilly group, which was formed by the writing team of Jacen Bruce and Tim Slater so expect some crazy guitar music. Following that performance in the evening, Big Weekend in Cambridge will be bringing out two remarkable performances from Mad Professor & the incredible reggae producer, songwriter, performer and dub innovator, Lee Scratch Perry! Following on from those, The Neville Staple Band – Classic Ska & Reggae.
French Market - Open from 12noon – 10PM (Fri – Sun)
Food Stalls & Bars – Open All Weekend from 12 Noon – 10PM
A great way to support the City is by supporting the great local bands from Cambridge Regional College; Anglia Ruskin University & Cambridge Band Competitions who collaborated with Big Cambridge Weekend to perform on the ARU Local Band Stage – Check them out –
12:00-14:00 - CRC Bands TBC
14:15-16:15 - Among the Citizens: http://www.facebook.com/AmongtheCitizens/ - False Hearts: https://www.facebook.com/falseheartsofficial/
16:30-16:50 – Pink Lemonade: https://www.facebook.com/PinkLemonadeMusicUK
17:00-17:20 – Manic Mannequin: https://www.facebook.com/ManicMannequin/
17:30-18:00 – Anthony Rubery: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyRuberyMusic/
18:15-19:15 – Grassroof: https://www.facebook.com/grassroofmusic/
19:45-20:15 - Women of Note: http://women-of-note.org/home-page
Another great way to enjoy the weekend is by doing some sport activities, getting everyone from all ages and abilities to join in! All sports activities are FREE for all family and friends. Big Cambridge has joined forces with over 30 local sports clubs and organisations to get everyone trying their sessions so come and get your taster!
The activities available –
* Inflatable football
And much more!
Big Cambridge have set up marques alongside of the sports activities for those who choose a day of fitness with a variety of class you are able to attend. In order to attend you will need to register, please find link and timetable below –
Time Table –
12:00-12:30: GLOW fit
12:30-13:00: Forever Active T'ai Chi
13:30-14:00: Forever Active Functional Fitness MOT
15:00-15:30: Zumba and Zumba Gold
15:30-16:00: STRONG by Zumba
12:00-12:30: Vinyasa Flow Yoga
13:00-13:30: Vinyasa Flow Yoga
14:00-14:30: Vinyasa Flow Yoga
15:00-15:30: Vinyasa Flow Yoga
16:00-16:30: Vinyasa Flow Yoga
12:00-12:30: Cambridge Sword
12:30-13:00: Martial Arts
13:00-13:30: Tang So Do
13:30-14:00: Cambridge Fencing
14:00-14:30: Marital Arts
14:30-15:00: POUND Fitness
15:00-15:30: Cambridge Academy of Martial Arts
15:30-16:00: Kettles Bells (demo only)
16:00-16.30: Cambridge Sword
Make & Create – Open from 12noon – 5PM
Fun Lab - Open from 12noon – 5PM
Children’s Entertainment Area - Open from 12noon – 6PM
Schedule for what the Entertainment area features below –
13:00-16:00: Cambridge Storytellers www.cambridgestorytellers.com 13:00-18:00: Facepainting www.wildpainting.wixsite.com/rosemary-wild 12:00-18:00: Art Tent www.anjijacksonmain.co.uk
BPM Live Silent Disco – Open from 7PM – 10PM Gaming Hub – Open from 12noon – 6PM - www.rizinggames.co.uk
Sunday Performances and Events
Sunday begins with brilliant Asian cultural music to celebrate the Asian culture, performing on the main stage – RSVP Bhangra along with DJ Sonny Ji. East Beatz West and Imran Khan – Dutch-Pakistani Singer-Songwriter!
Other Asian Culture acts and workshops to keep a look out for them –
* KARMIC VERSION
* NATYANJALI DANCE SCHOOL
* SAMARPANA CLASSICAL ARTS
* SANSKRUTI SCHOOL OF DANCE
* THE BANGLADESH WELFARE AND CULTURAL ASSOCIATION
* RAMESH BOLLYWOOD WORKSHOP
The Big Weekend opens up its Mela Traders Marque, housing a range of goods to view and buy and its Mela Performance Marquee opening from 12noon – 8PM. List of shows below –
* 12noon - 12.45: Indian Cultural Society
* 1pm - 2pm: Cambridge Carnatic
* 2pm - 3pm: Natyanjali Dance School and Samarpana Classical Arts
* 3pm - 3.45pm: Karmic Version
* 4pm - 6.45pm: Sanskruti School of Dance
* 6.55pm - 7.05pm: Sukhaatma - Bollywood Dance Class
* 7.15pm - 8pm: Roshnii Margi healing and dance
The Dance Marquee is where you will also be able to get involved. This ranges from Scottish country, belly, Polish Wiwat, Irish, Swing to Spanish Dance!
Dance Schedules -
12:00: Scottish Country Dancing Society
13:00: Cambridge Belly Dance
14:00: Cambridge Swing Dance C.I.C
15:00: Wiwat! Polish Dance
17:00: Emma Collins School of Irish Dancing
18:00: Spanish Dance School
Other activities & eateries such as the Sport Zones, French Market and The Food Stalls & bar will still be open on Sunday!
Looking at this fun packed weekend, why wouldn’t you Go To Cambridge and enjoy a day, two or even three!!