The Chig Bill at the Admiral Nelson this weekend

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A NEW outdoor weekend of music, cider, barn dancing and relaxing canalside vibes takes place on Saturday (July 9) and Sunday (July 10) at the Admiral Nelson pub in Braunston.

Founder and programmer Pete Lawrence, the man who was at the helm of one of the UK’s top festivals, the Big Chill, for 15 years has put together a weekend of top entertainment for the village.

The Chig Bill playfully follows in the footsteps of Pete’s tradition – a gentle soundtrack to your day beside the canal provided by top DJs and live musicians, starting at midday and continuing until midnight on both the Saturday and Sunday.

Pete moved to the village three years ago, after leaving The Big Chill, which is now established as one of the UK’s top outdoor events.

Pete said: “The Nelson is one of my favourite pubs in the area, and the setting is rather idyllic. We recently started a monthly folk club there which has been a great success so far, so the owners were keen to look at doing more. We had a couple of outdoor events in 2009 which were also a great success so I’m very much looking forward to the Chig Bill and hope it will become an annual event.”

Entry is free.

The pub will be getting in guest ciders for the weekend. The line up features live sets from Dollboy, Corncrow, Les Go, alucidnation and singer-songwriter Emily Davies, and DJ sets from Pete Lawrence, Yam Yam, Boss and Nettie. Music will range from folk to jazz, soul to swing. The Saturday afternoon barn dance at 5pm will be a highlight and features young Moulton band Tautas Roks.

For more details call Caroline or Nathan at the pub on 01788 890075.