North Shropshire Big Weekend

North Shropshire Big Weekend A joyous celebration of Cajun, Creole and Louisiana roots music, dance and culture set in the heart o

🔥🔥🔥TICKET ALERT🔥🔥🔥There are now only 5️⃣ pairs of weekend tickets left!We also have a small amount of day tickets still ...
20/04/2024

🔥🔥🔥TICKET ALERT🔥🔥🔥

There are now only 5️⃣ pairs of weekend tickets left!

We also have a small amount of day tickets still available too; but they are also selling fast.

https://the-bigweekend.co.uk/tickets-2024

We have seen unprecedented demand for tickets this year, and with 4 months to go until the festival we recommend you get your tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment.

It must be something to do with that 💥

Proudly sponsored by Lafayette, Louisiana
& Supported by TTM World

Going… going…Get yours while there are still some left, we’re now down to the last 10 pairs of weekend tickets!There are...
17/04/2024

Going… going…

Get yours while there are still some left, we’re now down to the last 10 pairs of weekend tickets!
There are also a small amount of day tickets left too.

https://the-bigweekend.co.uk/tickets-2024

Happy Easter everyone! Its a beautiful sunny day here in North Shropshire, and the excitement is building for the Big We...
31/03/2024

Happy Easter everyone! Its a beautiful sunny day here in North Shropshire, and the excitement is building for the Big Weekend festival in August!

It's time to announce our final act to complete this years amazing program of bands and performers from the US, the UK and Ireland..

Some might say we're saving the best till last.. the icing on the Biggest Weekend cake ever!
They were so fantastic when they played for us back in 2021 we just had to persuade them to come back this year..!

"This amazing West Yorkshire 5 piece have spent the last 14 years rocking and rolling their swing jive repertoire at events all over the country. Think Hank Williams, Bob Wills and Louis Jordan joining forces to make a classic 20th century sound that is the roots of Rock and Roll......!"

Performing at the Big Weekend 2024 we proudly present...

🔥The 309's!!🔥

Individual day tickets go on sale from tomorrow (1st April), for all info and tickets visit our website www.the-bigweekend.co.uk

Hold on to your hats and girdle your loins folks... and get ready for...."An explosion of manic Cajun and Punk–Zydeco en...
29/03/2024

Hold on to your hats and girdle your loins folks... and get ready for....

"An explosion of manic Cajun and Punk–Zydeco energy"

"A gurning bundle of leering, squealing, careening, lurching riot, they are Big Fun"

"Combining the pace of a Ska band and the intensity of punk with squeeze box and scrub–board tricks and tuneage born on the bayou"

"Full of vivacious kick and naughtiness but with extremely high standards of musicianship"

Yes indeed! They've been delighting audiences across the UK and beyond for over 25 years with their own trademark high energy Swamp'n'Roll. Expect an infectious and danceable good time! Appearing at the Big Weekend 2024.. The immensely fabulous..

⚡️Elvis Fontenot!!⚡️

For more info and tickets go to www.the-bigweekend.co.uk

28/03/2024

As if we haven't spoilt you enough with this years amazing line up.. There's more!!This band of seasoned veterans are hi...
27/03/2024

As if we haven't spoilt you enough with this years amazing line up.. There's more!!

This band of seasoned veterans are highly regarded as one of the finest Cajun dance bands in the UK today!
They've been filling dance floors since the band’s formation in 2010, delivering an infectious blend of traditional Cajun dancehall music with a sprinkling of spicy Rock n Roll and hot Country seasoning.

presenting an all-star 5-piece line up featuring some of the most highly regarded Cajun musicians in the UK today, these guys have been playing Louisiana music together and keeping the dance floor bouncing in a variety of dynamic formats for over 30 years!

Ladies and gentlemen, playing at the Big Weekend 2024.... we proudly present..

✨Chanky Chank!!✨

For for more info and tickets and visit our website www.the-bigweekend.co.uk

27/03/2024

Been hearing that there’s a going on… we’re also down with that! 🎶

Pssst… pass it on!!

And now for something completely different folks.. time to kick back, sit back and enjoy the amazing sounds coming from ...
25/03/2024

And now for something completely different folks.. time to kick back, sit back and enjoy the amazing sounds coming from these two super talented and stylish Hep Cats..
They put the Hip in Hipster and the Jump in Jive...

Hailing from the Northern hills & valleys of Leeds, Yorkshire.. they can be described as "sounding and looking like ‘a ragtime street band meets a Hollywood musical on a theatre stage somewhere in around 1932’."

"Their favorite performers include the jazz, ragtime, hokum, blues, comedy and vaudeville sounds of Louis Armstrong, Blind Boy Fuller, Fred Astaire, The Washboard Rhythm Kings, Robert Johnson, Gene Krupa, Max Miller, George Formby, Tampa Red and The Memphis Jug Band."

Yes folks.. appearing at the Big Weekend 2024..

💥The Washboard Resonators!!💥

For more info and tickets visit our website www.the-bigweekend.co.uk

Ladies and Gentlemen.. it is with the greatest delight to let you know that... the un-deniable 'King of Swamp Stomp' ret...
22/03/2024

Ladies and Gentlemen.. it is with the greatest delight to let you know that... the un-deniable 'King of Swamp Stomp' returns to the Big Weekend with his explosive one man show!!

Over 25 years of gigs and tours in UK, USA and Europe. Appearances on BBC radio and television. Opened Fairport's Cropredy Convention to 25,000 people in 2019. Voted “Europe's Best Accordion Player”!!

"His sound can be described as traditional and innovative in the same breath. Whilst harnessing the syncopation and rhythmic drive of the legends of Cajun, he effortlessly puts his own stamp on the music with modern hooks and quirky arrangements. "

“His talent is undeniable and immense” - Chris Hall

Yes folks, we absolutely love this super talented, larger than life superstar!
Appearing at the Big Weekend 2024...

⭐️Lil Jim!!⭐️

For more info and tickets visit our website www.the-bigweekend.co.uk

Just when you though it was safe to go out... guess what?Joe Le Taxi and his dance crazy chums are back in town!After 35...
20/03/2024

Just when you though it was safe to go out... guess what?
Joe Le Taxi and his dance crazy chums are back in town!

After 35 years on the road, we're excited to announce the return of this legendary band led by Mr Joe himself!!

Expect some new grooves and a lot more mad love songs.

"Authentic Creole Zydeco, some smoochy waltzes plus a few hits from the Sixties, all put through the Joe Le Taxi Groove Machine"

Yes indeed folks! Appearing at the Big Weekend 2024.. The brilliant..

Joe Le Taxi!!

For info and tickets visit our website www.the-bigweekend.co.uk

Hi everyone! Spring is finally here.. Hurray! and we're getting super excited about the Big Weekend this Summer.. and su...
17/03/2024

Hi everyone! Spring is finally here.. Hurray! and we're getting super excited about the Big Weekend this Summer.. and super excited to announce another fabulous band Joining us in August..
From the marshes of Sussex and the heathlands of Greenwich London...
Performing as a trio at the Big Weekend, traditional Cajun music at its stripped down very best!

We're delighted to announce...
THE HOTFOOT SECIALS!!

For more info and tickets (not many left so get in early to avoid disappointment!) visit our website www.the-bigweekend.co.uk

Are you sitting comfortably? then we'll begin..."At the end of the last century (1999) five guys on a zydeco mission set...
15/03/2024

Are you sitting comfortably? then we'll begin...

"At the end of the last century (1999) five guys on a zydeco mission set up a very makeshift “studio” in a shed full of broken farm tools, old motorbike parts, shotguns, nervous chickens and hostile geese...
The accordion was put through a busted up old valve amp and cranked up to 11 , guitar drums and bass dived in, and Bryn “Mad Dog” Davies sang a bunch of songs...
It was all guesswork. No studio, no engineer. Everything plugged into an old vintage mixer covered in dust. No time to check it all out. 1234 go!
The turbo charged accordion sound and Mad Dogs screaming vocals and the soaring guitar against a rock solid backline....."

Featuring the absolute living legend himself! "Mad Dog" Bryn Davies.. appearing at the Big Weekend 2024! we are so proud to announce..
ZYDECOMOTION!!

For the full story! and tickets visit our website www.the-bigweekend.co.uk

We pride ourselves at the Big Weekend in bringing you a fabulous mix of Louisiana Cajun and Creole music including the r...
13/03/2024

We pride ourselves at the Big Weekend in bringing you a fabulous mix of Louisiana Cajun and Creole music including the rich melting pot of related LA musical genres!

Well now, we are so happy to bring to the festival these hep cat country jazz swingers..!
From deep down in the Meanwood Valley, we're delighted present for you..
David Broad and the Meanwood Valley Stompers!!

"Swing, blues, gospel, ragtime, and sometimes even a touch of country music. They’ve performed at pubs, clubs, parties, weddings, and funerals across the country, bringing their infectious tunes to audiences. Whether it’s getting lindy hoppers hopping or jivers jiving, David Broad and the Meanwood Valley Stompers know how to get that party started!"

For more info and tickets visit our website www.the-bigweekend.co.uk

Well now folks.. here's a thing.. do you remember back in the heady days of the late 1980's early 90's? there weren't so...
07/03/2024

Well now folks.. here's a thing.. do you remember back in the heady days of the late 1980's early 90's? there weren't so many Cajun / Zydeco bands around in the UK at that time, but there were a few pioneers carving a path playing Louisiana music and making a huge impact on the roots music and dance scene back then.. one of those pioneering bands have re-formed especially for the Big Weekend! and we are absolutely beyond thrilled to welcome them in August!!

Led by the original fiddle player with the un-disputed queen of Zydeco Queen Ida....!
None other than one of the most iconic, exciting and influential bands from that golden era, led by the absolute legend Pierre himself...

"Le Rue has reformed after 25 years! Heavily seasoned with Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Country and Bluegrass, the traditional sounds of the South are served up as a furious, modern blend of Americana, with surprises waiting around every corner!"

Appearing at the Big Weekend 2024.. reformed and on Fire! Its the incredible.. Le Rue!!!

Hi folks, we've been a bit quiet here on the Big Weekend page lately, but behind the scenes we've been super bu...
05/03/2024

Hi folks, we've been a bit quiet here on the Big Weekend page lately, but behind the scenes we've been super busy creating the amazing program of bands and artists for the BW fest 2024! We are delighted to say it is now complete! and we are super excited to start sharing this with you all!

We are beyond thrilled ta announce the first band to be joining Wilson, Wayne, Yvette and Harold at the Big Weekend 2024..
No strangers to our festival, we've seen them grow from amazing to absolutely astonishing! in just a few years..

"How these two young Irish lads with Mediterranean blood, have become the future of
Zydeco Music in Europe, nobody knows. But their outstanding musicianship, artistic
sensitivity and stage presence have attracted a constantly growing following on both sides of
the Atlantic"

All the way from Galway Ireland.. we are thrilled to announce The return of the fabulous Barceló Brothers!!!

Ladies and gentlemen.. Last but by no means least... or we could even say we're saving the best til last!  Our 4th and f...
15/01/2024

Ladies and gentlemen.. Last but by no means least... or we could even say we're saving the best til last! Our 4th and final Louisiana headline Artist to perform at the Big Weekend 2024!
This will be his third appearance at the Big Weekend since we began in 2012... we all love him so much!!
TV host, radio presenter, incredible Soul singer, and one of the best and most dynamic Rubboard players you'll see anywhere in Louisiana and beyond! Amazing Zydeco dancer and teacher!
The Grandson of the legendary Alphonse 'Bois Sec' Ardoin, from the incredible Ardoin Dynasty! We are so proud and thrilled to announce the return of Mr..
🌟HAROLD GUILLORY!!!🌟

For more info and tickets (get in quick as only limited number left!) visit our website the-bigweekend.co.uk

More international line up announcements very soon! Could The Big Weekend possibly get any bigger?? Watch this space....💥

Here we go folks! The time has come to announce our 3rd Louisiana Headline Artist to play at the Big Weekend 2024!He ble...
14/01/2024

Here we go folks! The time has come to announce our 3rd Louisiana Headline Artist to play at the Big Weekend 2024!
He blew us all away when he came and played for us back in 2016.. we just had to ask him back!
This fantastically talented musician has played with many of the Zydeco greats over the years, including Keith Frank, Geno Delafose, Zydeco Force, Chris Ardoin and Step Rideau, before forming his own highly renowned band 'Wayne & Same Ol 2 Step' back in 2005..
We are so excited and delighted to announce.. From Opelousas Louisiana.. Zydeco accordionist extraordinaire! The original Creole Truth.. Built Creole Tough! We give you...
💥WAYNE SINGLETON!!💥
The Big Weekend just got Huge!!!

For more info and tickets visit our website the-bigweekend.co.uk

Our 4th and final Louisiana headline Artist to be announced tomorrow!!❤️

🔥🔥🔥TICKET ALERT🔥🔥🔥There are now ONLY 45 weekend tickets left!We will be releasing a VERY limited number of day/afternoon...
11/01/2024

🔥🔥🔥TICKET ALERT🔥🔥🔥

There are now ONLY 45 weekend tickets left!

We will be releasing a VERY limited number of day/afternoon/evening tickets at Easter; but we really are on the final stretch with regards to full weekend tickets.
Also don’t forget to purchase your camping passes if you intend to camp!

We’ve seen unprecedented early ticket sales this year, so advise buying your weekend tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment later.

You can get your tickets here:
https://the-bigweekend.co.uk/tickets-2024

11/01/2024

Hey everyone! More exciting news about Louisiana headline Artists coming very soon! keep checking in with us here or on our website over the next few days.. gonna be the biggest weekend EVER!!

This is it folks! Time to announce our second Louisiana headline artist to play at the Big Weekend 2024!We are absolutel...
22/12/2023

This is it folks! Time to announce our second Louisiana headline artist to play at the Big Weekend 2024!
We are absolutely thrilled to announce the highly renowned Country star, guitarist, accordion player, singer songwriter and the finest and most sought after Cajun bass player anywhere in the world today! From Breaux Bridge Louisiana, the positively fabulous.. YVETTE LANDRY!! 💖💖

Who's excited now? I know we are!!

Want to know more about Yvette click here https://the-bigweekend.co.uk/artist/yvette-landry

Tickets go to the-bigweekend.co.uk

Merry Christmas everyone! xx

20/12/2023

Hi folks! Look out for our 2nd Louisiana headline artist to be announced on Friday! We're super excited! 💝
Check in here or on our website the-bigweekend.co.uk

UPDATE: Early Bird Tier 1 tickets SOLD OUT!Tier 2 tickets are now available and selling fast!===========================...
16/12/2023

UPDATE: Early Bird Tier 1 tickets SOLD OUT!

Tier 2 tickets are now available and selling fast!

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You’ll be pleased to hear the wait is over...The Early Bird Tickets for this year's BIG Weekend are NOW Available! You'll have to be quick! We only have a limited number of tickets on sale, Visit: https://the-bigweekend.co.uk/tickets-2024

Hi again folks… time to hold on to your hats!It is with the greatest of pleasure and excitement that we can finally reve...
08/12/2023

Hi again folks… time to hold on to your hats!
It is with the greatest of pleasure and excitement that we can finally reveal to you our Louisiana Cajun headline Artist to play at the Big Weekend 2024!
It’s no exaggeration to say this guy is at the very top of his game and widely regarded as one of the very best and most exciting Louisiana Cajun musicians anywhere in the world today!
From the renowned and highly respected Savoy Dynasty…
Founder member of the world renowned band The Pine Leaf Boys… Grammy award winning Accordionist, Pianist, fiddle player and more, we give you our Cajun superstar for 2024… from Eunice Louisiana… the incredible WILSON SAVOY!!!

Who’s excited now?!

More headliner announcements coming soon!

Update: Tickets are on sale now and selling fast!

For more info and tickets visit our website at www.the-bigweekend.co.uk

24/10/2023

Drum roll please…

We’re excited to announce that we will be going ahead with the festival in 2024!
More info to be released in the coming weeks.

Dates for the diary are 9th - 11th August 2024

Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Saturday 16th December 2023.

15/08/2023

La-bas on the outdoor stage Saturday

21/08/2019

Well that's it folks! The Big Weekend 2019 is over.. and what a Big Weekend it was! The biggest and arguably the best yet.. Thank you so much to all who helped make it happen, and to all of you who came along and made it such a special event, so full of love and joy, music and dancing, eating and drinking and friendship!
Now the tents are all gone, the stages back in storage, fires are all doused and the lights have gone out.. the sleepy little village of Welshampton is sleeping once more..... until.... maybe.... who knows.... Watch this space folks, 2020 is peeping just around the corner... Love to all of you! 😘

18/08/2019

Corey Ledet on the tubs and pans!

18/08/2019

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