14th - 16th August 2020

A joyous celebration of Cajun,  Creole and Louisiana roots music, dance and culture
set in the heart of the beautiful North Shropshire Lakelands!

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Big Weekend 2020 - Lineup
Blake Miller
Cajun Accordion and Fiddle maestro! The man who founded the world renowned Pine Leaf Boys.. a member of the premiere Louisiana roots Band The Red Stick Ramblers!
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Big Weekend 2020 - Lineup
Amelia Biere
Awarded the best female Cajun singer 2019 by the CFMA! also a rising Country singer in her own right!
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Big Weekend 2020 - Lineup
Ruben Moreno
A proud young Chicano-Creole artist from Houston Texas.

Festival status update: Still hoping to go ahead as planned

Hi friends and supporters of the Big Weekend. We hope you are keeping well and in good health amid this unprecedented global situation we all suddenly and unexpectedly find ourselves in.

We thought it was time to give you the heads up as to where the Covid-19 Coronavirus leaves us in relation to the Big Weekend festival in August.

We had an urgent committee meeting on Wednesday to look at our options. We all agreed that at this stage, still with 5 months to go and a very fast moving situation, that it is too soon to make a decision to cancel the event; and have proposed instead to continue to work towards it going ahead as planned, for the time being at least.

We will review the situation on the 15th May, exactly three months before the event. We are hoping by then to have a clearer idea of the longevity of the situation and we will make a final decision based on more up to date information.
The last thing we want to do is disappoint folks by cancelling, but we also want to ensure the absolute safety of our event for our guests; and be able to make a more informed decision within a reasonable time frame.

If we did arrive at a situation where we felt we had to cancel/postpone, we would endeavour that where possible we would defer the same program of Artists to the following year, August 2021.

At this moment in time the festival is going ahead, but the final decision will be made on 15th May.

We have, with immediate effect, extended the cut-off date for tier two tickets to 10am on Sunday 31st May; as we want to give those who are holding off from buying tickets the opportunity to get them at the tier two prices IF the festival is able to go ahead.

The current contingency plan, if we decide to postpone; would be to roll those tickets already purchased over to next year (2021) and keep the ticket sales open until then.

We understand that some people may wish to request a refund, this can be done via Eventbrite. Although we hope you are willing to bear with us and see how this situation unfolds.
We will be having weekly meetings to keep on top of this developing situation and will keep everyone informed of any changes or developments via our Facebook page, website and email (for those who have purchased tickets).


Look after each other, stay safe, and we hope to see you in August!
With love and best wishes from, The North Shropshire Big Weekend Team

2020 Lineup

Acadian Strings

From the bayous of Essex and the backstreets of Paris, Acadian Strings are a fiddle led band playing traditional and new Cajun and Creole

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2020 Lineup

Rough Chowder

Fronted by husband and wife, Ian and Cheryl McIlroy, Rough Chowder have been homing their Cajun sounds and amassing a following through playing European

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2020 Lineup

Lil’ Roosters

As the fiery heart of the Cajun Roosters, Chris Hall and Hazel Scott are no strangers to festival stages. But here, as a duo

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2020 Lineup

Swervy World

Brass studded classics from the 1920’s, 1930’s and beyond. Currently working as a quartet, Swervy World play Traditional Jazz, Ragtime, Rhythm and Blues, Swing,

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Diz Watson

Diz Watson, singer, piano player and entertainer, presents his exuberant mix of rhythm and blues and boogie woogie, often in the New Orleans style,

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Hank JD Sleek

Hank JD Sleek is the alias of Matt Nunn, DJ, Artist, Texas Two Step & Swing dance teacher, and most importantly lover of Cajun,

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More acts to be announced....

We are proud to present a rich variety of music, dancing and cuisine at this year’s Big Weekend festival. Featuring our international Artists from Louisiana and Europe, as well as the very best of our own homegrown UK Cajun & Zydeco bands, much more to be announced over the coming weeks! – a truly hot and spicy Gumbo of dancing delight!

Latest News

Festival status update

Festival status update: Still hoping to go ahead as planned Hi friends and supporters of the Big Weekend. We hope you are keeping well and …

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Diz Watson

Hi folks! An exciting addition to the Big Weekend program this year.. We have had many legends grace our festival stage over the years, but …

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Hi everyone! Seasons Greetings to one and all!

The time has come folks to announce our two Cajun / Creole U.S. Artists who will be appearing alongside Blake Miller at the Big Weekend …

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The Big weekend just got even bigger!

Hey folks! A double whammy of exciting announcements to be made very soon! We are so excited to have not two, but three visiting guest …

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Festival Info

Information sheet – 2020

Welcome to the eighth North Shropshire Big Weekend. Thank you for joining us for a foot-tapping, boogaloo-busting weekend of music, dance and cuisine. Here’s

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Festival Info

Where to stay

Please note, the listing of any accommodation provider on this site does not constitute a recommendation on behalf of NorthShropshireCajun.co.uk Please check them out

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And if that’s not enough, we can also offer you:

  • Cajun & Zydeco dance workshops
  • Instrument workshops (led by international Louisiana musicians)
  • Festival campsite and late-night camp fire area including the festival tent which will be hosting jam sessions, workshops and informal gatherings.
 
  • Jam sessions at the Sun Inn featuring our popular
    ‘Beer & Breakfast’ sessions led by prominent UK Cajun & Zydeco musicians to keep the party rolling
  • Cajun and Creole cuisine all weekend presented by the mouth wateringly tasty Cajun Food Company, featuring our legendary giant barbeque!

We look forward to welcoming you to the hottest weekend of Louisiana roots music, dance and cuisine on the UK Summer calendar!

Location

Welshampton Parish Hall
Station Road A495
Ellesmere
SY12 0PY

Ticket Info

Please see our ticketing stucture for 2020