27th July
12 - 10pm
In aid of
Macmillan Cancer Support
and Caring in Bristol
A one-day festival 
set against the stunning backdrop
of the Avon Gorge.

Whats On

We're bringing you a truly brilliant line-up spanning the genres from Classical, Latin, Hip-Hop, Funk and more.

Kobo Town

Mad Apple Circus

Mike Crawford And The Various Sorrows

The Bristol Ensemble

Daisy Chapman

Lonely Tourist

The LBJB 's

Mystic Mbira Music

Activities

Kids activities, Capoeira demonstrations and more.

Bristol Capoeira

Sponsors

The festival simply could't happen without the incredible support of our sponsors. 

Food

The very best local food and drink traders

Wild Pizza Co

The Ice Cream Box

The Smoked Vegan

Tia Julia

Location

Windsor Terrace, Clifton, Bristol
The festival takes place on Windsor Terrace, in the heart of Clifton and one of Bristol’s most iconic streets. The Grade 2 listed Georgian terrace is situated on the side of the Avon gorge in front of Clifton Suspension bridge and has amazing far reaching views. 

Sat nav postcode reference: BS8 4LW

We strongly recommend that you make your way to the festival either on foot or public transport as the streets surrounding the festival are covered by the Residents Parking Zone. If you really have to come by car there is a public car park next to the Rose of Denmark on Dowery Square, BS8 4QL.

About

Why Big Gorgeous?
My Dad passed away from cancer in 2015 and this motivated me to organise the first Big Gorgeous Festival in the summer of 2016 in aid of Cancer Research UK. We're losing far too many wonderful people to this terrible disease. My dad was a talented musician; bringing people together for excellent music and good times is something my dad would have loved. So, having worked in Bristol as a musician and music educator over the last 20 years, a festival to raise money and awareness for a Cancer Research Charity seemed like the natural choice and a positive way to respond.

This year all profits will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and also Caring in Bristol, who provide support and services to those facing homelessness. I'm incredibly excited about the great line-up of musicians we have for the festival whom, in many cases, are performing for significantly smaller fees than they normally command. However the festival still has still has infrastructure and organisational costs. In order to meet these costs and ensure that we can raise as much as possible for the charities, the festival is indebted to the business that have come on board to sponsor the event. I've been truly overwhelmed by the good will of these business who have got behind the festival and supported the cause. Without them it really couldn't happen and I can't thank them highly enough.

Tickets

£15 adv plus booking fee / £5 kids 5-15
Bristol Ticket Shop

Big Gorgeous is a tiny little festival. We only have a capacity of just over 400. We are incredibly excited to have some truly fantastic acts confirmed to play, many of whom perform and tour both nationally and internationally. For this reason we expect to sell out well before the day of the festival.

Buy online or in person:

Bristol Ticket Shop

41 High Street, BS1 2AT

Tel: 0117 929 9008

Also available from:

Portabella

5 Princess Victoria Street,

Clifton Village. Bristol

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Mad Apple Circus

An original blend of horn-fuelled styles, built on Ska/Hip-Hop/Jazz and Latin grooves – nothing but the good stuff. Owing to their unique sound and energetic performances, this hard-hitting, humble Bristolian nine-piece have fast become festival favourites and a popular choice among promoters in the UK and Europe. MAC have been busy sharing stages with some of the industry’s finest. Notable greats include UB40, The Beat, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Skints, Suburban Legends and Hot 8 Brass Band. Already having ticked off slots at a whole host of festivals, last year alone they set crowds alight at Secret Garden Party, Sunrise, BoomTown Fair, Symmetry Festival and Glastonbury to mention but a few.

Lonely Tourist

Bristol based Glaswegian Lonely Tourist has just released his fourth album Remuneration. Steve Lamacq chose one of the tracks Frank the Barber as one of his 'Lamacq Liveners' (played every day for a week on BBC 6music). Other singles from the album, Luxury Coach and Last Day at Tony's have also featured on 6music's Gideon Coe's show as well and being Radio Scotland singles of the week. In September 2018 Steve Lamacq picked Lonely Tourist's, Ballad of Paul Tierney as one of his 25 at 25 (one of his favourites in 25 years of radio).
"Classic underdog pop music" Steve Lamacq

The LBJBs

Formed in late 2014 , Bristol based heavy funk/soul supergroup ft. Kieron Bon Suis Dunne, Marcel Osborne, Billy Weir, Rafaelle Dornelles (Rafa Dornelles Trio) and Andrew Neil Hayes (Tezeta/Run Logan Run). Their high energy performances have secured them shows with heavyweights on the funk scene including the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club.

Daisy Chapman

A songwriter in demand. Frequently compared to Regina Spektor, Nick Cave, Eva Cassidy & Kate Bush, Chapman’s unique voice soars high over dramatic strings & Nyman-esque piano. Her powerful vocals attracting regular commissions for film & TV. Taking lyrical cues from the likes of Leonard Cohen, Chapman has found success in the US, Germany & Poland. Her album 'The Green Eyed' produced by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, KT Tunstall, This is the Kit, Seasick Steve) won her an Independent Music Award. She has toured extensively and performed at many of Britain’s leading festivals including Glastonbury and 2000 Trees.
"Instantly captivating" The Independent

The Bristol Ensemble

A quartet of members of Bristol’s only professional orchestra. The orchestra holds a pivotal position in South West music. The Ensemble has worked with outstanding international artists and soloists, including Dame Evelyn Glennie. Film and TV engagements include music for BBC Bristol Natural History Unit and TV productions such as the David Attenborough series Life in Cold Blood.

Kobo Town

Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) From their home in Toronto, the JUNO (Canadian Brit Award Equivalent!) -winning group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world, from Port-of-Spain to Paris and from Montreal to Malaysia.

Mike Crawford And The Various Sorrows

Soulful rock and roll. Mike draws inspiration from the pantheon of Cohen, Dylan, Cave,Buckley and further afield French chanteur Jacques Brel,with nods to the 60’s Soul and Blues he grew up on.Accompanied by his cutting edge band The Various Sorrows his music is dark and fluid and the lyrics reflect a life lived long and hard.

Mystic Mbira Music / Chartwell Dutiro & Jori Buchel

Zimbabwean master mbira player Chartwell Dutiro's story begins in the sacred rituals of his home village. From 1986 to 1994 he recorded and toured the world with the legendary Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. Chartwell currently performs alongside mbira player and singer Jori Buchel. Having grown up playing classical violin in a variety of orchestras, Jori discovered the sound of the mbira while studying Cultural Musicology at the University of Amsterdam. She went on to play mbira at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and perform with Chartwell Dutiro & Spirit Talk Mbira.