Festival fun on its way for Big Pig

LYCERGICS_DE_030925'The Lycergics
LYCERGICS_DE_030925'The Lycergics

IT STARTED off as a celebration of one man’s birthday, but the Big Pig festival is back for a second year.

The festival, featuring a line-up of live bands, will be running from July 29 to 31 at Stanford Hall, north of Yelvertoft.

The festival was developed by husband and wife Archie and Louise Powell, who worked together with Nick Hargreaves to create The Big Pig.

Louise said: “I had essentially arranged an event for Archie’s birthday and we had a lot of friends come up from London and we all thought it would make a brilliant festival, so we decided to set one up.”

It was also a chance to help the local music scene. Archie added: “We worked with Nick Hargreaves to start the festival and his nephew had a band but they were struggling to get any experience. We thought we could use this festival as a chance to have some up-and-coming local bands playing to get festival experience.”

Acts include Rugby-based band the 7.20s, Daventry group the Lycergics and Judy Mooch from Northampton.

Louise said: “There has been a lot of interest and some of the bands we have had to turn away.

The demand has definitely been there. I think we can offer something a little bit different with the music.

“If you look at the price of other festivals, ours is very competitive with plenty of value for money and fun for the whole family.”

Tickets for the festival will be on sale online until midnight on Tuesday, costing £25 for adults, £10 for children and free for under-fives.

Tickets, which including camping and parking, can also be bought on the door for the same price.

All profits will be split between Rugby Myton Hospice, air ambulance and Stanford Hall’s charity LifeBEAT.

Visit www.thebigpig.eu