Big Chill Festival line up divides opinion

Characters at The Big Chill 2010 by Jamie Boynton
Characters at The Big Chill 2010 by Jamie Boynton

The line up announcement is both praised and criticised in equal number by fans and regular punters.

The Big Chill 2011 was left reeling yesterday after it’s 2011 line up announcement was criticised by fans online through it’s social network.

One user said; “Not a great line up, (apart from chem bros [sic]) I said I’d wait for the line up b4 [sic] making my mind up. The big chill vibe was lost last year, the changes made by FR were terrible. I’ve been to the last six big chills but won’t be going again. FR have bought an ethos and made it a product..

Another user agreed; “Made that decision after last years changes and this line up confirms it. Bad times as cant see any regulars going again. Its so so sad but Kanye West…really!! FR have killed The Chill.

Dozens came online to complain about a line up which features The Chemical BrothersKanye WestRodrigo y Gabriela,Warpaint and Chipmunk.

Click here to see this year’s Big Chill line up.

Other users however were in favour of the line up and direction the festival was going in. One reacted; “How can anyone complain about the lineup it is extremely strong. Kanye West could headline any festival in the world and be a big headliner at that, fresh off an amazing album and rave Coachella reviews he is going to be 10/10.

Fans on Virtual Festivals‘ Facebook page weren’t overawed however, one said; “Big Chill has changed, and not for the better. Its not what it used to be, and certainly no longer chilled!!!

VF’s Tom Crowther defended the line up with his blog comment yesterday but understood the fans fustrations. 

The festival founded in 1994 has been held at Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire in August since moving to the site in 2003. In September 2009 the festival rights were purchased by Festival Republic, who run Latitude, Reading and Leeds Festivals, from Chillfest Limited who were placed into voluntary liquidation.

Previous Big Chill line ups have featured the likes of Thom Yorke, Basement Jaxx, Leonard Cohen, Lily Allen and The Mighty Boosh.