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MP calls on residents to host another 'Big Gig' event

March 6, 2014 1:06 PM

Following the Government's announcement that the 'Big Gig', England’s largest summer community music festival is to return, local MP Tim Farron is calling for venues to put themselves forward again to host an event.Our Big Gig will once again host hundreds of music events in communities across the country from 11 to 13 July 2014, with grants and support available for event organisers who wish to programme community events in their area.

Funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Our Big Gig will see the country once again come together to celebrate local music at community events, showcase new and existing talent and give people the opportunity to have a go at making music.

These events have proved hugely popular. Last summer, over 200,000 people attended 326 free Our Big Gig events which saw a wide variety of musical activities take place in a range of unusual spaces. From schools to skate parks, beaches to boats, some 14,600 people performed across the length and breadth of the country.

Last year an event was held at Windermere Library and Tim is hoping local venues will bid to host another event this year too.

Tim said: "It is fantastic that last year two of the thirty three events were held in Cumbria. These events are a fantastic day and I hope more venues will bid to host an event this year too."

To apply to host an Our Big Gig event visit www.ourbiggig.co.uk and fill out the online form which can be found here: http://www.superact.org.uk/ourbiggig/apply-now