Since it’s very humble beginnings in 1994 the Big Chill has evolved in size and moved location but it still retains its laidback atmosphere and environmental ethos. Organisers coin the event as ‘more a weekend than a festival’ which undoubtedly is the reason the festival’s loyal following returns year after year.
The three-day event is ironically held on the hottest day of the year in the Eastnor Castle Deer Park which provides an idyllic and relaxing backdrop for ‘Chillers’ to enjoy the Glastonbury-esque creativity and craziness.
Two main outdoor stages host live acts over the weekend while the themed DJ bars further a field host some of the coolest mixoligists. The festival’s most distinctive feature is the arts trail that snakes high up a steep hill; it’s a fantastic spectacle when the stars come out and an apt symbol of the boundaries organisers have broken.
Don’t expect to recognise many of the acts unless you’ve been before, but don’t fret because the anti-genre pigeonholing policy the organisers employ means there is something for everybody.
Facilities include a general store, bars, food and merchandise stalls, cash point and 24 hour cafe. Alcohol cannot be brought into the main arena but is permitted in the camping areas although strictly no glass. Camping is free although camper vans require a ticket. Over 18s only unless accompanied.