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

13th - 15th August 2021

We are proud to present a rich variety of music, dancing and cuisine at this year’s Big Weekend festival. Featuring the very best of our own homegrown UK Cajun & Zydeco bands– a truly hot and spicy Gumbo of dancing delight!

2021 Lineup

Headliners

The Po’ Boys

The Po’ Boys bring the sounds of the deep south to European shores. Fronted by award-winning accordionist, Lil Jim, who is tipped by his

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The Flatville Aces

The Flatville Aces play traditional Cajun music from south-west Louisiana, a potent mix of fiddle and accordion, French singing and infectious dance rhythms, and

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Headliners

The Zydeco Diamonds

The Zydeco Diamonds have a musical pedigree and collective history in Zydeco music which spans over 100 yrs. Featuring top musicians, well respected as

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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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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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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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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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Joe Le Taxi

“Hot Zydeco Dance Music from the Welsh Frontier!” Joe Le Taxi & The Zydeco Band play hardcore Louisiana  Zydeco, authentic Creole blues, sleazy shuffles

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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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The 309s

The 309s bring their stunning version of high quality swing jive dance music to the Big Weekend. Twin lead vocals, swinging fiddle, soaring lap

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The Hotfoot Specials

The Hotfoot Specials play traditional Cajun music from Southwest Louisiana. Our influences vary from the Balfa Brothers, Marc Savoy to Steve Riley and Cory

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The Boat Band

The Boat Band have been sailing around for more than 30 years, delivering their distinctive brand of downhome Cajun to harbours around the Seven

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Latest News

Announcements

Big Weekend lineup news

Hi friends and supporters of the Big Weekend For some months now we have been deliberating and debating the feasibility and sensibility in bringing international

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Announcements

Happy New Year

Hi everyone! We hope you’re all keeping well and safe during these challenging times.. Things have been a little quiet here at Big Weekend HQ

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

  • Cajun & Zydeco dance workshops
  • Festival campsite and late-night camp fire area including the festival tent which will be hosting jam sessions, workshops and informal gatherings.
  • Jam sessions in the bar area lead by prominent UK Cajun & Zydeco musicians to keep the party rolling

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