It’s 1 month to go until Our Big Gig the largest annual community music event which will take place in towns and cities across England from 10 to 12 July.
Across the country young people and community groups have been working to bring their communities together to celebrate local musical talent and put on free music events for everyone to enjoy.
This year communities are crowdfunding for their events through Spacehive, the crowdfunding website for civic projects, with support from the Department for Communities and Local Government and not for profit arts organisation Superact.
Baroness Williams of Trafford said:
This summer, Our Big Gig will give music lovers across the country the chance to enjoy a weekend of free bands and live local gigs – as well as the chance to get to know their neighbours thrown into the mix.
And, if you’re a budding promoter and want to support your local music scene, there’s still plenty of time to get involved.
In Bristol young people from the Bristol Urban Artists Development Project, led by international jazz and blues singer Kizzy Morrell alongside young people living in sheltered housing are planning a free music celebration in the exciting new Bristol city centre community space, the Projekt.
In Lincoln Our Big Gig in the Arboretum was created by 2, 15-year old girls who shared their views about living in the neighbourhood and expressed a lack of things to do for people of their age. The event has grown from strength to strength and is now an annual celebration of the park and talent in Lincoln, with this year set to be bigger than ever.
In Bradford young people from All Star Entertainment are presenting ‘Sound of the Suburbs’ as part of the annual ‘Urban Festival’, taking place on Saturday 11 July in Centenary Square. Working in partnership with Bradford City Council, they will be creating their very own Pod Village! The main stage will feature live music from some of the UK and Bradford’s finest, DJ sets, and special guest appearances plus street dance.
In London the Diamond Jubilee Gardens in Twickenham’s Embankment will present a showcase of local music in entertain and inspire people to take part in local music making opportunities. Organised by local volunteers this annual event will see over 50 performers, both young and old, take to the bandstand.
In Birmingham, Acocks Green Carnival has raised £546 through Spacehive to support a music stage and music workshops space as part of the annual carnival. There will be a dedicated youth stage showcasing music from local schools and young performers from across Birmingham.
It’s not too late to get involved this year. Register now for the opportunity to secure £200 towards free music events in July or register as an unfunded event to be part of this nationwide celebration. See more details.
Or you can help make a local event happen by pledging money.
Caryn Tomlinson, SVP Communication, Universal Music Group said:
More than 350,000 people have had a wonderful day out at an Our Big Gig event over the last 3 years, the weekend showcases brilliant new bands, ensures that instruments get dusted off each year and above all, teaches young people new skills - all with music at the heart - a truly great way to build a sense of community.
Our Big Gig is an annual event that brings communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people involved in music making. The summer event will run from 10 to 12 July 2015.
An official Inspired by 2012 legacy event, Our Big Gig grew from the Bandstand Marathon; an iconic London 2012 festival event that helped close the London Games with 9,000 people across Britain simultaneously performing Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’.
Superact is a not-for-profit community interest company that uses music and the arts to develop and deliver social impact projects in the UK and abroad. Working in the key impact areas of community development, justice and health and wellbeing, Superact creatively improves lives by empowering individuals and strengthening communities.
Spacehive is the first crowdfunding platform for civic projects, with the aim of making it as easy as possible for as many people as possible to bring their civic environment to life. We do this by providing tools that help people to develop their project ideas and attract funding to make them happen.
For general enquiries about Our Big Gig and Superact, contact: Katharine Lane Katharine@superact.org.uk or call 0117 2140366 / 07762060628.
For Department for Communities and Local Government contact: DCLG Press Office Rhod Jones Rhodri.firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 0303 444 1143.