Big Day Out Festival of Music & Contemporary Arts

Photos courtesy of Big Day Out Festival of Music & Contemporary Arts
Click on any image to zoom in
Summary Info Festival Story Not AvailableFestival EventsOther SourcesPractical Info Not Available

Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Bracknell, Berkshire, England UK
Festival Description

In 2005, when Big Day Out began there were the following objectives — to develop a sustainable festival of artistic innovation, mount remarkable new musical and theatrical spectacles and nurture outstanding artists within the region. Remarkable artistic contributions to the festival since that time have come from the London Breakbeat Orchestra, Spoke In The Wheel’s Burning Ambition, Spiral Flight’s The Caravan of Love, Radio Gagarin’s Kronstadt Mutiny, The World Famous’ Squib and Mimbre’s The Bridge amongst many others.

In 2008, a major site-specific commission was Tim Hill’s Pandemonium summons The Beast of Bracknell, a surreal carnival based his vision of a mythical ’Dreamtime England’. That year was also a bumper year for emerging artists with The North Sea Radio Orchestra, Nancy Elizabeth, Stornoway, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba and The Destroyers vs The Dhol Blasters all featuring. This was also one of the last performances of one of the UK’s great outdoor performance institutions, The Strangelings!

In 2009 Big Day Out took another spectacular turn, with a focus on Street Band culture. They featured 2 of the world’s best groups, La Fanfare en Petard and The Hot 8 Brass Band alongside two emerging community bands from the SE region, The Horns of Plenty & Drum’n’Brass.

Big Day Out is organised and directed by William Trevelyan in collaboration with South Hill Park Arts Centre

Festival Dates September 15, 2012
Festival Links

Festival Events:

Programming 2012:
  • The festival returns as part of the Cultural Olympiad raising environmental concerns in theatre through Circus artists Odile & Pinson, The Institute of Crazy Dancing’s Life Boat and others whilst presenting musical artists including Fanfare en Petard on their first tour of the UK for 3 years, A.J Holmes & The Hackney Empire (hi-life), Vienna Ditto (electronica), Tjorven (electronica), Sam Lee (Folk) and many others.


Other Sources:

Want more? Click on a color — travel and explore.  

  • Big Day Out 2009
  • The Rag’n’Bone company presents Pandaemonium summons The Beast of Bracknell 2008
  • Summer Holiday 2007
  • Big Day Out Film 2007
  • The World Famous’ Squib pyrotechnics display 2006


Do you have an update or more information about this festival? Email us at
Start or join a conversation about this festival in the Forum.