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Cambridge Big Weekend festival goes online




This year’s Big Weekend, which has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, will be replaced by a virtual event, the Big Weekend at Home 2020. Taking place Friday 3 July and Saturday 4 July, it will bring together local artists and shows from radio stations Star Radio, BBC Cambridgeshire and Cambridge 105 Radio, the Council today announced.

A free event, the Big Weekend takes place every year on Parker’s Piece. Traditionally, it includes big-name performers plus local musicians, a French market, games, fireworks and many other activities, with the final day dedicated to a Mela celebrating the city’s Asian community.

Last year's Big weekend 2019, Parker's Piece, BIG 10 , bringing the best of Bad Manners, The Specials , and Madness. Picture: Keith Heppell.
Last year's Big weekend 2019, Parker's Piece, BIG 10 , bringing the best of Bad Manners, The Specials , and Madness. Picture: Keith Heppell.

This year’s Big Weekend at Home 2020 will feature a livestream of performances by a selection of Cambridge artists, community groups, and more, premiering on the afternoon of Saturday 4 July and available free to stream thereafter.

Longtime media partners Star Radio, BBC Cambridgeshire and Cambridge 105 Radio will put their touch on the weekend’s activities with Big Weekend related shows. Star Radio will be first out of the gate on Friday 3 July, as they traditionally host the Main Stage each year.

‘Even though we can’t be there in person, we still wanted to do something to bring Cambridge together and to celebrate the talents found here in our community,’ said Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities.

The Big Weekend on Parker's Piece has always been a huge summer highlight. This year it will Be streamed online at The Big Weekend at Home.
The Big Weekend on Parker's Piece has always been a huge summer highlight. This year it will Be streamed online at The Big Weekend at Home.

‘I know that many people have, like myself, been missing the fun of live music,’ Cllr Smith continued, ‘and I hope the Big Weekend at Home will bring that to everyone missing the chance to gather on Parker’s Piece.’

Details of the event line-up will be announced in the weeks leading up to 3 and 4 July.

Big weekend 2019, Parker's Piece, Marly Marshall 10 face painted. Picture: Keith Heppell. (36044077)
Big weekend 2019, Parker's Piece, Marly Marshall 10 face painted. Picture: Keith Heppell. (36044077)

For more information and the latest updates, please visit cambridgelive.org.uk/city-events or follow facebook.com/cambridgeliveevents.

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