Big Chill @ Eastnor Castle - CANCELLED 2012

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August 2012
Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1RL, England MAP
expect around £175 for the weekend
daily capacity: 39999
last updated: Thu 19th Jan 2012

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Big Chill Festival has been cancelled.

A statement from Melvin Benn says:
"It is with a considerable amount of regret that I have decided not to go ahead with The Big Chill in 2012.

I looked long and hard late last year at moving the date so it didn't clash with the Olympics but the mix of the festival fans desire to keep the date and an inability to find an alternative date that works I plumped for maintaining the existing weekend.

Sadly, the artist availability and confirmations we were achieving led me to conclude that I couldn't risk going ahead with the event as an outdoor event this year. Efforts are being made to look to bring a smaller event indoors this year with the anticipation of The Big Chill being back outdoors in 2013.

Melvin Benn

Managing Director, Festival Republic
Set in a picturesque location and offering both families and ravers a diverse range of alternative, dance, electronica, and chilled beats from live bands and DJs. The music programme is a mix of everything from legends to new talent, plus a whole range of musical styles from rock, folk, jazz, African, dub, and unique collaborations. Aside from music the festival also has art, films, poetry, cabaret, visuals, and gourmet food.

The dates are confirmed as from Thursday 2nd until Sunday 5th August at the site which has four lakes, thick woods and an arboretum at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire.


There are no acts confirmed yet for 2012, the first acts will be released in spring 2012.

Norman Jay (crowd)


Pre-sale tickets will no longer be available. General sale tickets will be released in spring 2012.

The Big Chill offers a highly evolved, all-round experience for 30,000 people including a wide variety of music and performance, art, spaces for kids, comedy, dance and film; technology and its relationship with nature; identifying artists and nurturing their creativity.

Arts programme

There's an extensive arts programme at The Big Chill, which promises creative, interactive and immersive experiences across film, dance, comedy, cabaret, visual art and more.


There will be a full programme of workshops, performances and creative activity.

On-site facilities

On-site facilities include a shop selling groceries & newspapers, bars, food stalls, merchandise stalls, cash point machine and a 24 hour cafe amongst other things. Alcohol cannot be brought into the main arena but is permitted in the camping areas (but NO GLASS!).

Disabed Facilities

The venue is a general campsite that has disabled toilets & showers, please contact Big Chill HQ before the event for more information.

Boutique babysitting

Latitude will offer dedicated fully qualified festival childcare professionals who will provide bespoke childcare at a 'mini festival' of their own the Boutique Babysitting kids club. Parents will be given the chance to drop off their little ones at a choice of two 4-hour sessions, with the later one taking place after the festivals' own Children's Area has closed up for the night. Children will be invited to explore and experiment with their own music studios, production, wardrobe and stage areas; make new festival friends; play games and generally enjoy some parent-free fun at their very own festival.

Coach travel

Coach travel can soon be purchased online, with or without combined festival tickets.


No fires or foil BBQs are permitted on site, although BBQs on legs are allowed. No pets allowed. No video cameras allowed. No amped music or sound systems allowed.

More info

More details will be here when available.

Norman Jay (crowd)

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August 2012
Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1RL, England MAP
expect around £175 for the weekend
daily capacity: 39999
last updated: Thu 19th Jan 2012

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