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  The Big Chill

The Big Chill is an annual festival of alternative, dance and chill-out music and comedy, held in the grounds of Eastnor Castle during early August. The 2011 line up included The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West. In January 2012 the organisers, Festival Republic, announced that 2012's festival would be cancelled due to artist availability around the Olympics. Founded in 1994 by Pete Lawrence and Katrina Larkin, The Big Chill began as a series of ambient parties at the Union Chapel in Islington, but developed into an outdoor festival in 1995, with an unlicenced event in the Black Mountains of Wales. In the early days the most prominent DJ's were Matt Black of Coldcut, Tom Middleton of Global Communication and Mixmaster Morris, also known as the Irresistible Force. Throughout its history, The Big Chill has showcased a variety of different music, uptempo as well as ambient. Nowadays, live acts and DJs like Norman Jay, Mr Scruff, Hexstatic, Mixmaster Morris, alucidnation, DJ Derek, Leggo Beast and Gilles Peterson are regular performers, and more dance music is heard, but the festival also provides a diverse range of music from folk and jazz to African and dub. In addition to a widely varied musical line-up, a focus upon art, films, poetry, circus, cabaret, comedy and gourmet food all play a key part in setting The Big Chill apart from the competition.

Covered festivals:

    The Big Chill 2009

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