Big free music gig at Chatburn

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For all those suffering Glastonbury or Beat Herder withdrawal symptoms – or who have missed out on live music this summer – help is just around the corner!

This Sunday, July 14th, the Chatburn Big Gig on Chatburn Playing fields will be part of Our Big Gig, a nationwide event which will see more than 200,000 people attend 330 free music events across the UK

Our Big Gig is bringing a slice of the free festival fun to the playing fields of Chatburn, showcasing artists from around Lancashire who have all been part of the UK and Europe festival scene.

It also offers a chance for new local acts to open the proceedings and an open mic finalé.

Chatburn’s Big Gig will feature artists including Sara Creeney, an iTunes topping Lancashire girl with her band; the amazing Blackpool band Troubadour, who have a great album under their belts and have played with the likes of The Levellers and many more and are quickly establishing themselves as one of the hottest bands in the North West.

Also on the stage will be Chatburn’s own Andy Oliver, who has topped the iTunes charts and played some of Europe’s biggest music events.

Other attractions will include a licensed bar and a barbecue provided by the playing fields committee of Chatburn, and there is a contingency plan in place if the good old English weather plays its usual rainy tricks.

Andy Oliver said: “Last year when I organised this on behalf of Superact, it was in conjunction with the end of the Olympics and the one thing that struck me was how the community came together and just enjoyed the atmosphere and the music.

“People of all ages sharing an afternoon in each others company and having a sing and a mess around – it was real proof of music being a powerful thing. We hope this year to build on the community spirit and bring together people who don’t get the chance to see the big festivals and to give them a little taste of it on their doorstep.”

Our Big Gig events are run by local volunteers and Superact with some funding from the Government.