Broken Bells for The Big Chill

plus more music acts, spoken word, and chances to get involved

published: Tue 6th Jul 2010

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Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th August 2010
Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1RL, England MAP
£155 for the weekend
daily capacity: 30000
last updated: Mon 2nd Aug 2010

Broken Bells, Mount Kimbie, Rye Rye, and The Chakras lead the new additions for this summer's The Big Chill Festival which will take place from Thursday 5th until Sunday 8th August at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire.

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Broken Bells join the Deer Park Stage on Sunday. Joining the all-new Pete Fowler designed pirate ship Clash stage line-up on Saturday will be Mount Kimbie, and Rye Rye with The Chakras joining Sunday's proceedings.

The SolarAid Buskers' Stage the greenest stage at The Big Chill as it is powered entirely by the sun has also announced its line-up with The Acoma, Jane Bartholomew, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, and Pumajaw appearing on Thursday.

On the Thursday evening, Chillers who fancy themselves as writers or performance artists will have the opportunity to tell ghost stories read poems that either they love or have written (original ideas would be better but a few classics could also work, content with an environmental theme would be brilliant). The Ghostly 'goings on' will commence from midnight on Thursday to 2am beside a faux campfire, between two gypsy caravans. Submit Ghostly proposals to placing SolarAid Ghostly Proposal in the subject field.

Friday's billing includes Iris And The Wolves, Emily Portman, Banish Misfortune, Polly & The Billets Doux, Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine Band, Oystar, and The Woods a fairy tale written and performed by Linda Lee Welch with a live ambient soundtrack by Animat.

Between 12 and 1pm Friday through to Sunday there will be an open performance slot for musicians and performers to do a brief turn. To participate register at The SolarAid stage and explain your performance to the SolarAid team.

Saturday the stage which also hosts The SolarAid Sign Up, where in return for joining the SolarAid mailing list, Big Chillers will be entered into an hourly raffle of Big Chill Label merchandise and other ethical goodies will play host to Mike Newsham, The Woo ! Worths, Rayon Breed, and The Magic Drum Orchestra.

The final day sees performances from The Quar4er, and Sunday With Communion featuring Holy Vessels, James Moss, The Agitator, and Black Diamond Bay. Plus Paul Diello, Atalanta, Culprit 1, and Max Mezzowave's new live project Mezzowave with a line-up of musicians.

The Lazyland will see a DJ set from David Shrigley, as well as Willkommen Collective, Hella Better Dancer, Belleruche, DJ Sparky, Funki Porcini, Ghosts You Echo, Alucidnation, Dominic Glynn, Tresor, and Ralfe Band.

New attractions on the poetry and spoken word, Words in Motion stage, include local storyteller Cat Weatherill, performance poetry organisation Apples & Snakes, stand-up comedian Rob Deering, voice of The Simpsons and Spinal Tap's Harry Shearer will be taking chillers on his journey through music, Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton will be holding their talk The Record Player; the story of dance music told by the people who made it happen. Simon Gandolfi presenting tales from his many American road trips whilst Rob Young uncovers 'The Secret History of Music Festivals'.

around the festival site (Dance Village and Cubehenge)
eFestivals can also confirm that Cubehenge, the outdoor dance and DJ venue (see piccie, right) seen at this year's Glastonbury Festival will also be at the Big Chill.

On Sunday 8th August the celebrated artist Spencer Tunick will create one of his world famous nude landscapes at the festival. The artist will use the Big Chill's unique architecture, as well as the backdrop of Eastnor Castle Deer Park, to set the scene for his new work. Chillers wanting to participate in this unique opportunity can sign up by emailing

Massive Attack, M.I.A., and Lily Allen will headline. Also confirmed are Kelis, Roy Ayers, Henrik Schwarz, Roots Manuva, London Elektricity, Kirsty Almeida, Gilles Peterson, The Leisure Society, Netsky, Breakage, Layo & Bushwacka!, Foreign Beggars, High Contrast, Tinie Tempah, John Hegley, The Bug, Mixmaster Morris, Jose Padilla, Cringe, The Fisherman's Friends, Toddla T & MC Serocee, The Heatwave, Futureboogie, Terry Callier, Plan B, and many more. For the line-up details as available please click here.

The Big Chill festival has outdoor bars and stages with live music, DJs, VJs, A/V acts, comedy, dance, art installations and more. Musical styles include dance and electronic, alternative/indie and of course, chill. This year will be the 15th anniversary of the festival.

The Big Chill offers both families and ravers a diverse range of art, films, poetry, cabaret, kids spaces, comedy, and literature in addition to the music.

Tickets are on sale priced at £155 per adult with a maximum of 4 tickets able to be bought per household, teen tickets (13 to 17 years old) are priced at £60, and kid (12 and under) are £4. Live-in vehicle tickets are priced at £50 (per vehicle for the weekend), and car park tickets are £7.50 in advance, more on the gate. Sunday Day tickets are priced at £70 and are only valid for camping on Sunday night.

To buy tickets click here.

Cancelled Glade Festival ticket holders are being offered the chance to exchange their tickets for Big Chill tickets. Any festival goers who purchased full price Glade Festival tickets via Ticketline for £135, can contact Ticketline requesting to swap their Glade ticket for an Adult Weekend Big Chill ticket. Glade ticket holders will be charged an additional transaction fee of £7 per ticket swapped, meaning that they will get a Big Chill ticket which would have cost them £155 + £7 booking fee for £135 + £7 booking fee instead, saving them £20.

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th August 2010
Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1RL, England MAP
£155 for the weekend
daily capacity: 30000
last updated: Mon 2nd Aug 2010

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