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What’s on for Cambridge’s Big Weekend 2022 - including Heather Small, S Club and The Hoosiers

The line-up for the Big Weekend and Cambridge Mela has been unveiled.

From Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3, one of the city’s best-loved free outdoor events is to be held on Parker’s Piece, offering activities, attractions, a bar, food stalls, fireworks and music from top artists, as well as local talent.

The Big Weekend takes place on Parker's Piece
The Big Weekend takes place on Parker's Piece

Cllr Alex Collis, the city council’s deputy leader, said: “Cambridge’s Big Weekend has always been a very special city event each summer. Whether it’s taking part in sport activities, art fun, listening to incredible live music, watching the artistry of dance and song at the Mela, sampling the delights of the French market or enjoying the stunning Friday night fireworks, thousands come together and enjoy visiting Parker’s Piece over the weekend.

“We’re very grateful to sponsor Cambridge Water for supporting this year’s Big Weekend, as well as giving advice on water use and bringing their ever-popular water bar.”

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 1, 6-10pm

Heather Small
Heather Small

Compered by Star Radio and opening with an early evening DJ set, the night’s live music starts with Cambridge’s own Big 10, renowned for their huge ska sound. Next up are S Club, performing pop classics including Bring It All Back, S Club Party, Reach and Don’t Stop Movin’.

Then, it’s Friday night headliner, disco diva and the voice of M People, Heather Small, with songs Search for the Hero and Proud. The French market makes a welcome return and the evening finishes with fireworks.

Saturday, July 2, noon-10pm

The Hoosiers
The Hoosiers

On the Saturday, there is lots more to see and do. Sample food from the French market and find out about French language and culture with Alliance Francaise. Enjoy digital activities in the Gaming Hub and get close to science in the Cambridge Festival’s Fun Lab.

The Sports Zone includes ping-pong sessions, while children can get creative and messy in the Art Tent. There will be face painting and activities in the University Museums of Cambridge Make and Create tents and local, up-and-coming acts will perform on the local bands stage, showcasing partnerships which include BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire.

Event sponsor Cambridge Water will give advice about water consumption and encouraging people to visit a pop-up water bar for a free refill. Big Weekend attendees will be offered reusable metal bottles – one bottle per person while stocks last.

Music-wise, on the main stage look out for Saturday night headliner The Hoosiers, the English pop rockers, plus London Afrobeat Collective, Cambridge eight-piece party band Four Doors Down, 2022 Cambridge Band Competition winners Oli Harris & the Lonely Hours, and under-18 winners The Daze, and False Hearts, winners of the NMG band competition.

Sunday, July 3, noon-8pm

Cambridge Mela (57223487)
Cambridge Mela (57223487)

Panjabi MC is headliner this year, along with Apache Indian, Mumzy Stranger and the VP Bhangra dancers and drummers at Cambridge Mela, celebrating South Asian culture.

Local artists, plus stars of the Asian music scene, are set to perform on the main stage throughout the afternoon. As well as food stalls, the bar and French market, Sunday will also feature a Mela Performance Marquee showcasing styles of dance from across the South Asian region.

Visit cambridgelive.org.uk/city-events/big-weekend.

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