Cardiff Big Weekend

Cardiff Big Weekend

The Cardiff Big Weekend has taken place annually since 1994 as part of the Cardiff Festival organised by Cardiff Council. Billed as the UK’s biggest free outdoor music festival, it offers three days of quality live music and entertainment. Alongside the live music stage runs the UK’s largest travelling funfair around Cardiff's Civic Centre. Each night comes to a close with a firework finale. There is always an eclectic line of up and coming artists, world music and established artists, and traditionally the Friday night has always had a strong presence of Welsh bands.

The Line Up


Friday August 11 Saturday August 12 Sunday August 13
Chumbawamba Carter USM


Friday August 9


Saturday August 10 Sunday August 11
Catatonia Dog Railroad Bill


Friday August 8 Saturday August 9 Sunday August 10
Trippa Red Dragon Roadshow Christine Collister
Planet Loaded Rachel Stamp Tony Hadley
Revolva Don Sam Brown
The Blinders Ether Afro Celt Sound System
Stereophonics Death in Vegas Urban Species
Dreadzone Omar


Friday 7 August Saturday 8 August Sunday 9 August
Armstrong Red Dragon Roadshow Loop Guru
Diesel Bug Fisherman Walk Mutton Birds
Manchild Melys Osibisa
Ether Carrie Leo Sayer
Audioweb Carleen Anderson


Friday 6 August Saturday 7 August Sunday 8 August
Rocket Gold Star Red Dragon FM Party in the Park Four Brothers
Cartoon Indian Ropeman Vocal Sampling
Quattro The Herbaliser Groupa Folia
Big Leaves Afro Celt Sound System Black Star Liner
King Pleasure
Nik Kershaw


Friday 4 August Saturday 5 August Sunday 6 August
Kennedy Soundtrack Nucleus Roots Motimba
Baby Elephant Rae & Christian Kakatsitsi
Bench Chumbawumba Arrow
Manchild Asian Dub Foundation Victor Hugo & La Banda Picante
Ptang Yang Kipper Bang Kris Jenkins Aswad


Friday 3 August Saturday 4 August Sunday 5 August
Tommy & the Chauffeur Red Dragon Roadshow Nick Turner Allstars
Tetra Splendour Maximum Roach Black Umfolosi
Lostprophets I am Kloot Jazz Jamaica All Stars
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci Kosheen TBC ???
EMF Deacon Blue


Friday 2 August Saturday 3 August Sunday 4 August
Barker Ray Davies


Friday 1 August Saturday 2 August Sunday 3 August
Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band Red Dragon Roadshow The Elephant is Gerald
Limahl Ayra Shod
Go West LSK King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys
The Bees La Bottine Souriante
Athlete The Proclaimers
The Bluetones The Waterboys


Friday 30 July Saturday 31 July Sunday 1 August
Bad Manners Red Dragon Roadshow Cherry Falls
Chas 'n' Dave Dynamo Dresden D?booga
Howard Jones Speedway The Jews Brothers
Zoot Woman Caramelo Son
The Delays Rhian Benson
The Fun Lovin' Criminals The Brand New Heavies


Friday 12 August Saturday 13 August Sunday 14 August
Beverley Knight

Line up also included Chesney Hawkes, Hazel O’Connor, The Christians and Modern Romance.


Friday 4 August Saturday 5 August Sunday 6 August
The Selecter Daisy Blue Unkle Bob
Katrina (formerly of Katrina and the Waves) Viva Machine Mukka
The Alarm Alongcameman Foy Vance
Memory Lane Music Mix Winners Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young
The Poppies Terri Walker
Cord Stereo MCs
The Crimea Cerys Matthews
The Infadels
The Automatic


Friday 3 August Saturday 4 August Sunday 5 August
PeeWee Ellis SW Storm Gethin Pearson
Bobby Kray Los Skarameros Colum Regan
Soul II Soul Soundsystem The Soothsayers Halflight
Sierra Maestro The Storys
Jimmy Cliff Ben Taylor
Richie Havens
Sandi Thom
Magic Numbers


Friday 1 August Saturday 2 August Sunday 3 August
Park Bench Social Club Pandemonium Frizbee
Juice - with caller Dave Parsons Natacha Atlas Yoav
The Men They Couldn't Hang Robert Maseko & The Congo Beat Beth Rowley
Ryland Teifi Go Audio
Grupo Lokito The Automatic
Prince Buster and the Delroy Williams Junction Band Glasvegas
Young Knives


Friday 31 July Saturday 1 August Sunday 2 August
Save Your Breath Soukous Koumbele Steve Appleton
The Joy Formidable Peatbog Faeries Absent Elk
Attack! Attack! Chancery Blame & The Gadgo Club The Leisure Society
Kids In Glass Houses Melopark Ebony Bones!
Orquesta Cache Camera Obscura
Edward II The Lightning Seeds
Imelda May The Zutons


Friday 30 July Saturday 31 July Sunday 1 August
Samoans Maroon Town The Lay-Lows
Racehorses Wonderbrass Rumer
Los Campesinos! The Raghu Dixit Project Pete Lawrie
The Blackout The Congo Allstars Fenech Soler
Alejandro Toledo and the Magic Tombolinos The Phenomenal Handclap Band
The Jolly Boys Athlete
Pee Wee Ellis and the Funky Assembly Feeder
Chaka Demus and Pliers


Friday 5 August Saturday 6 August Sunday 7 August
Death Before Sunrise Zong Zing All Stars Ffred Jones
OK Dom Duff Edei
Attack! Attack! Jazz Jamaica with Special Guest Myrna Hague King Charles
Funeral For a Friend Hayley Scarlett Friends Electric
Horace Andy & Dub Asante Dodgy
Vintage Trouble Nerina Pallot
Gabrielle The Feeling


The Cardiff Big Weekend, which is usually held the second weekend in August as part of Cardiff Festival, was "rested" in 2012 because Olympic football took place at the Millennium Stadium (in Cardiff) on August 9 and 10.

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