Summer Sundae Weekender, Big Session to return in 2010

Scenes at Summer Sundae 2003 by Gaynor Maher
Scenes at Summer Sundae 2003 by Gaynor Maher

Summer Sundae Weekender and Big Session Festival are both set to return to De Montfort Hall in 2010, Leicester City Council and CODA have confirmed.

The future of both events was under scrutiny following the suspension of organiser Richard Haswell in October after local newspaper, the Leicester Mercury, reported losses of £1.41m over two years.

However the festivals are set to go ahead next summer after Leicester City Council and CODA, who have helped organise both festivals since their inception, deemed the 2009 events a triumph.

A joint statement from both organisations reads, “We are both determined to build on the fantastic success of these two festivals in 2009. The Big Session Festival sold out and we had our best ever attendance at Summer Sundae, showing that music fans really value and appreciate the two events.
“We cannot let them down in 2010 and we want to reassure people that both organisations are committed to working in partnership to deliver the festivals again in 2010.
“Whilst there are some further details to be worked through before a final contract is signed, we feel it is important that we dispel any doubts people may have about the future of the two events.
“2010 will be another great year for music fans in Leicester – especially at De Montfort Hall.”

The Big Session Festival 2010 will take place from 18-20 June with early bird tickets on sale from 7 December 2009.

Summer Sundae Weekender 2010
will celebrate its tenth anniversary next year and it will take place on 13-15 August 2010, with early bird tickets on sale from 12 January 2010.