BRISTOL TO PLAY STARRING ROLE AS PART OF UK’S BIGGEST FREE COMMUNITY MUSIC FESTIVAL

BRISTOL TO PLAY STARRING ROLE AS PART OF UK’S BIGGEST FREE COMMUNITY MUSIC FESTIVAL
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BRISTOL TO PLAY STARRING ROLE AS PART OF UK’S BIGGEST FREE COMMUNITY MUSIC FESTIVAL



Written by James Ratcliffe
03 Thursday 03rd July 2014

With 170 community events scheduled across England and Scotland over 11-13 July, Our Big Gig will bring people from all backgrounds together to see local artists perform, meet their neighbours and even have a go at making music themselves.

As an Inspired by 2012 Olympic legacy event, all Our Big Gig events are organised by local organisations, free to attend and will feature over 2,000 volunteers helping to host gigs. With over 7,000 musicians expected to play nationwide, in Bristol the following events are taking place:

Page Park, Staple Hill
Saturday 12 July 2014
11:00 - 16:00

Westerly Showband are an amateur wind orchestra that will lead proceedings on the day in Staple Hill. There will be performances by a variety of local groups including: St Mary’s Players – musical comedy group Mini-massive-  sax group Golden Oldies – R.B.L. ladies choir Westerly Showband – our own wind band Kingswood Winds

Hannah More Primary School, St Philips
Saturday 12 July 2014
12:00 - 16:00

Indian and African music workshops our event offers a range of art activities, including spin art painting, costume making with a parade and a range of food and fun stalls. Hannah More are organising a large marquee to host a range of live music inspired by different countries, including a performance by the local school choir, a French/Spanish/Brazilian band, an African drumming workshop and an Indian music workshop.

Knowle West Salvation Army, Padstow Road, Knowle
Sunday 13th July 2014
14:00 - 19:00

Big Family Sing, using full group and split group formats. For children there will the chance to use percussion, make their own instruments and design banners as well as sing. KWMC will include food and refreshments to give opportunity a chance to meet each other. This Community Big Sing will be the first for the area and will be a real attempt to bring people together through music.

Trinity Centre, Old Market
Sunday 13th July 2014
14.00 – 18.00

Trinity will be hosting an afternoon of fun and celebration for all the family with free music and entertainment featuring some of the best of Bristol's up and coming young performers and emerging talent from the local community including Future Dub Orchestra, Hi Life Hi Fi and Wild Lutrek. Trinity will be fundraising at Our Big Gig to rebuild the volunteer Communuity Garden which was vandalised earlier this month.

Our Big Gig is organised by Bristol based not for profit arts organisation Superact, with the Department for Communities and Local Government as the main sponsor. Across the country, venues range from skate parks, shopping centres, parks and village greens; to pubs, castles and ferries. All venues will be open to people of all ages.

Locations, line ups and details of all 170 events can be found here.

Katharine Lane, Director of Superact said:

“Just as football is uniting thousands of people this summer at the World Cup, so too will music and we hope Our Big Gig will again offer a unique way for communities to come together.”

Janie Orr, Universal Music Group International, Corporate Social Responsibility head comments:

"Our Big Gig is a fantastic platform for aspiring and talented musicians to showcase their music within local communities. With music making opportunities for all and a wide variety of musical genres being performed, Our Big Gig will support the musicians of tomorrow and entertain all who attend".

Darren Henley of Classic FM said:

“For the second year running government, Superact and the music industry have worked together to arrange this huge series of free concerts to bring thousands of people together through music. This year’s line ups will be the most exciting and diverse we have seen yet.”

www.superact.org.uk

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