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

Big Weekend 2020 – Covid-19 cancellation

Hi friends and supporters of the Big Weekend Festival. Firstly, thank you for your patience in awaiting our decision regarding Covid-19; and the Big Weekend.

We have tried our very best to stay positive and see the festival come to fruition this year. We were so excited about the amazing artists we had lined up for you all to enjoy; and heaven knows we could all do with a little joy, fabulous music, dancing, friendship and love in our lives at this time!

We had our final decision committee meeting on Tuesday and it is with great sadness and regret that we all decided in the present climate regarding the Corona Virus pandemic it would be too risky and difficult to navigate around all the issues concerning the Virus and a festival such as ours. Social distancing at an event in which couple dancing is a main activity being just one issue of many!
We are fully committed to the health and well being of our guests above all else.

With a heavy heart I can officially announce that the Big Weekend 2020 has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus pandemic. However, on a more positive note we are fully committed to the festival returning in August 2021! (Dates for the diary 13th – 15th)

We have contacted all the Artists booked to perform this year and without exception all have shown solidarity and support and agreed to perform at the Big Weekend 2021! We are delighted that we are able to present the same amazing line up next year! (Plus more to be announced) For those of you who have already purchased tickets for 2020, we hope that you will be happy to hang on to these as they will roll over to next year, it would help us greatly if you were able to do this.

For those who may wish to request a re-fund, this can be arranged by contacting us via the website, our Facebook page or via Eventbrite directly and we will release further details in a couple of weeks about the finer details.

At present, ticket prices will not increase until next year; so if anyone wants to get theirs booked for next year, please feel free.

We thank you most sincerely for your love and support through these uncertain times, we hope you stay well and have a great Summer; and we look forward to seeing you all on the dance floor at the Big Weekend 13th – 15th August 2021!

With love from all of us at The Big Weekend!
Big Weekend - 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!
Big Weekend - Lineup
Amelia Biere
Awarded the best female Cajun singer 2019 by the CFMA! also a rising Country singer in her own right!
Big Weekend - Lineup
Ruben Moreno
A proud young Chicano-Creole artist from Houston Texas.

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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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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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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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!

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Information sheet – 2021

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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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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What is Cajun & Zydeco?

Cajuns les Cadiens or Les Acadiens, are descendants of the Acadian French from Acadia Canada, now settled in South West Louisiana.Cajun music is the

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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

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


Welshampton Parish Hall
Station Road A495
SY12 0PY