Big Chill Festival

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The Big Chill is a festival that celebrates alternative, dance and chill out music as well as comedy. This is all celebrated in the grounds of Eastnor Castle.


2013 rumours and updates

Boss Melvin Benn has stated that he is unsure if the festival will return next year, however a new event is set to replace it, bringing a completely fresh take on what a festival should be.

Benn stated "The Big Chill [in 2012] was a clash with the Olympics but more importantly with the Big Chill it was me not being absolutely certain where I wanted to take the festival and what I was doing with the festival.

"I'm actually going down there next week to the very same site to have a look. I'll go with a couple of people that I hope will be working with me on - not the Big Chill, it won't necessarily be the Big Chill - but a replacement or something to be born out of that."

Rumours suggest Been is hoping to bring an entirely new concept to the festival scene, with one that is not specifically centred on music.

On 11th January 2013, Festival Republic confirmed to the BBC that there "currently no plans for The Big Chill to return in 2013".

Past Highlights

2012 was cancelled, however 2011 saw The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Metronomy, James Blake, Empire of the Sun, Wild Beasts, Jessie J, Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, Warpaint, Chipmunk, Calvin Harris and more.


The festival has continued to expand at a substantial rate, showcasing a range of music over the years. You can expect to hear anything at Big Chill from Dub to African music.

This is a good festival for those who enjoy festivals with an all-round music, dance and comedy experience

On Site Information

The festival provides many facilities onsite including bars, cash points, First Aid and paramedics, food and non food stalls, information tent, property storage, lockers including phone recharging facilities, merchandise, showers, welfare tent and fun fair.

There are free drinking water points throughout the campsite and arena. They are all signed as suitable for drinking and the supply is tested daily.

Music Stages and Other Entertainment

As well as the four main music stages there is a radio stage, various smaller stages, The Little Chill (kids area), a fun fair and a variety of stalls.

Food and Drink

Food and drink can be taken into the campsite and only small, sealed containers of water or juice can be taken into the arena. No glass is permitted anywhere on site.

There are loads of food stalls onsite as well as a general store in each campsite.

There are bars in the arena as well as in some of the campsites.

Camping and Other Accommodation

Several campsites are available, all with their own facilities, camping opens at 2pm on the Wednesday and closes at 4pm on the Monday.

Family camping, Campervans, Day Ticket camping and luxury/boutique camping are also available.

Location and Travel

Eastnor Castle, Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1RL

Different Carparks are available for the different types of ticket holders.

Coach travel – drop off at yellow gate Taxis - Drop off/pick up is at Yellow Gate Train – shuttle bus from Great Malvern railway station

Contacts & Ticket Information

Click here to visit the official website for further details.

History & Facts

In 2012 the festival was cancelled for the following reasons