Cardiff Big Weekend

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Cardiff's Big Weekend
Cardiff Big Weekend
Genrerock, Indie, pop, electronic, dance, hip hop, folk, experimental, metal, world
DatesAugust (exact date varies)
Location(s)Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Years active1995–2011, 2017

The Cardiff Big Weekend took place annually from 1993 to 2011 as part of the Cardiff Festival organised by Cardiff Council.[citation needed] It lasted three days and was billed as "the UK’s biggest free outdoor music festival".[citation needed]

Among the acts at the Pride Cymru Big Weekend in 2017 were Bright Light Bright Light, Charlotte Church and Zervas & Pepper.[1]

The Line Up[edit]


Pride Cymru brought back the Big Weekend music festival and included their LGBT Pride Parade to reform it as 'Pride Cymru's Big Weekend'. Cardiff City Hall's Lawn, also the end of the official Pride Parade route, is the venue. [1]

Friday 25 August Saturday 26 August Sunday 27 August
Fun Lovin Criminals Bright Light Bright Light Charlotte Church
Last Orders Tribute Bands (various) Zervas & Pepper
Lost & Found Blair Dunlop
AFISHAL & Judge Jules Jordan Gray
Leighton Jones


The Cardiff Big Weekend, which is usually held the second weekend in August as part of Cardiff Festival, was "rested" for a year in 2012 because Olympic football took place at the Millennium Stadium (in Cardiff) on August 9 and 10.[2] In 2013 the music festival was axed and replaced with a temporary 'Beach' area in Cardiff Bay's Roald Dahl Plass.[3]


Friday 5 August Saturday 6 August Sunday 7 August
Death Before Sunrise Zong Zing All Stars Ffred Jones
OK Dom Duff Edei
Attack! Attack! Jazz Jamaica with Special Guest Myrna Hague King Charles
Funeral For a Friend Hayley Scarlett Friends Electric
Horace Andy & Dub Asante Dodgy
Vintage Trouble Nerina Pallot
Gabrielle The Feeling


Friday 30 July Saturday 31 July Sunday 1 August
Samoans Maroon Town The Lay-Lows
Racehorses Wonderbrass Rumer
Los Campesinos! The Raghu Dixit Project Pete Lawrie
The Blackout The Congo Allstars Fenech Soler
Alejandro Toledo and the Magic Tombolinos The Phenomenal Handclap Band
The Jolly Boys Athlete
Pee Wee Ellis and the Funky Assembly Feeder
Chaka Demus and Pliers


Friday 31 July Saturday 1 August Sunday 2 August
Save Your Breath Soukous Koumbele Steve Appleton
The Joy Formidable Peatbog Faeries Absent Elk
Attack! Attack! Chancery Blame & The Gadgo Club The Leisure Society
Kids In Glass Houses Melopark Ebony Bones!
Orquesta Cache Camera Obscura
Edward II The Lightning Seeds
Imelda May The Zutons


Friday 1 August Saturday 2 August Sunday 3 August
Park Bench Social Club Pandemonium Frizbee
Juice - with caller Dave Parsons Natacha Atlas Yoav
The Men They Couldn't Hang Robert Maseko & The Congo Beat Beth Rowley
Ryland Teifi Go Audio
Grupo Lokito The Automatic
Prince Buster and the Delroy Williams Junction Band Glasvegas
Young Knives


Friday 3 August Saturday 4 August Sunday 5 August
PeeWee Ellis SW Storm Gethin Pearson
Bobby Kray Los Skarameros Colum Regan
Soul II Soul Soundsystem The Soothsayers Halflight
Sierra Maestro The Storys
Jimmy Cliff Ben Taylor
Richie Havens
Sandi Thom
Magic Numbers


Friday 4 August Saturday 5 August Sunday 6 August
The Selecter Daisy Blue Unkle Bob
Katrina (formerly of Katrina and the Waves) Viva Machine Mukka
The Alarm Alongcameman Foy Vance
Memory Lane Music Mix Winners Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young
The Poppies Terri Walker
Cord Stereo MCs
The Crimea Cerys Matthews
The Infadels
The Automatic


Friday 12 August Saturday 13 August Sunday 14 August
Beverley Knight

Line up also included Chesney Hawkes, Hazel O’Connor, The Christians and Modern Romance.


Friday 30 July Saturday 31 July Sunday 1 August
Bad Manners Red Dragon Roadshow Cherry Falls
Chas 'n' Dave Dynamo Dresden D?booga
Howard Jones Speedway The Jews Brothers
Zoot Woman Caramelo Son
The Delays Rhian Benson
The Fun Lovin' Criminals The Brand New Heavies


Friday 1 August Saturday 2 August Sunday 3 August
Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band Red Dragon Roadshow The Elephant is Gerald
Limahl Ayra Shod
Go West LSK King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys
The Bees La Bottine Souriante
Athlete The Proclaimers
The Bluetones The Waterboys


Friday 2 August Saturday 3 August Sunday 4 August
Barker Ray Davies


Friday 3 August Saturday 4 August Sunday 5 August
Tommy & the Chauffeur Red Dragon Roadshow Nick Turner Allstars
Tetra Splendour Maximum Roach Black Umfolosi
Lostprophets I am Kloot Jazz Jamaica All Stars
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci Kosheen TBC ???
EMF Deacon Blue


Friday 4 August Saturday 5 August Sunday 6 August
Kennedy Soundtrack Nucleus Roots Motimba
Baby Elephant Rae & Christian Kakatsitsi
Bench Chumbawamba Arrow
Manchild Asian Dub Foundation Victor Hugo & La Banda Picante
Ptang Yang Kipper Bang Kris Jenkins Aswad


Friday 6 August Saturday 7 August Sunday 8 August
Rocket Gold Star Red Dragon FM Party in the Park Four Brothers
Cartoon Indian Ropeman Vocal Sampling
Quattro The Herbaliser Groupa Folia
Big Leaves Afro Celt Sound System Black Star Liner
King Pleasure
Nik Kershaw


Friday 7 August Saturday 8 August Sunday 9 August
Armstrong Red Dragon Roadshow Loop Guru
Diesel Bug Fisherman Walk Mutton Birds
Manchild Melys Osibisa
Ether Carrie Leo Sayer
Audioweb Carleen Anderson


Friday August 8 Saturday August 9 Sunday August 10
Trippa Red Dragon Roadshow Christine Collister
Planet Loaded Rachel Stamp Tony Hadley
Revolva Don Sam Brown[1]
The Blinders Ether Afro Celt Sound System
Stereophonics[2] Death in Vegas Urban Species
Dreadzone[3] Omar[4]


Friday August 9 Saturday August 10 Sunday August 11
Catatonia Railroad Bill


Thursday August 10 Friday August 11 Saturday August 12 Sunday August 13
Dub War A Night At The Opera Chumbawamba Carter USM
60ft Dolls Time Flies House Party Hugh Cornwall Corduroy
Super Furry Animals The Dharmas FNAAZ
Galaxy 101 Showcase feat Danii Minogue + The Spice Girls etc Waste Ayinde Marshall
The Underdogs Backbone
Fat Barry's Soul Band H-Kippers


  1. ^ a b Kathryn Williams, This is the line up for this year's Pride Cymru Big Weekend event in Cardiff, Wales Online, 12 May 2017, Accessed 19 July 2017
  2. ^ "Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend cancelled because of Olympics". Wales Online. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Cardiff Bay to host Welsh capital's first summer beach". BBC News. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2017.

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