Music Tuesday, April 12th Words by: Lauren Rogers

Festival feels: Big Love will bring warehouse raves back to Clyro Court

Music Tuesday, April 12th

Festival feels: Big Love will bring warehouse raves back to Clyro Court

We’ve done the research, crunched the numbers, and come to the conclusion that Herefordshire is independent festival heartland.

There are almost 30 festivals taking place in the shire in 2016, celebrating everything from beer and hedgehogs to apples and art. Some are big, some are boutique and some are only just being discovered.

Latest on the new discovery list is Big Love at Clyro Court, a 3-day music and arts affair that’ll bring back the crazy, hazy days of warehouse parties.

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From April 29 to May 1, Big Love will take over Baskerville Hall in Clyro, 2 miles outside Hay-on-Wye, and recreate the 90s Clyro Court nights with legendary rave promoters Fantazia.

“Small on capacity but big on atmosphere, parties, bands, art, friends and attention to detail” said Big Love’s organiser Matt the Hat.

This time Matt and his follow festival-planners are promising junglist morris dancers inside an extravagant hotel, and a music festival focused on creating magic moments rather than peddling headliners.

“Big Love is for anyone who likes a smaller kind of festival,” said Matt.

“We want to get back to the heart of what festivals are all about; escaping to the country for a weekend of good times, good music and good people.”

Who's on the Big Love bill?

The line-up features Ibibio Sound Machine- synthy purveyors of Afro-funk and disco; as well as Wrongtom meets The Ragga Twins; Andy Cooper of hip hop group Ugly Duckling; Soom T – the Glaswegian MC known for muddling reggae, dub, matra music and folk, on stage with DJ/producer JStar; and London grime MC Afrikan Boy.

 
 

In the early 90s, Baskerville Hall was home to rave culture – the music, the parties and the dancing that poured over the nation’s youth. Between 1990 and 94, the venue saw the likes of Danny Rampling, Carl Cox, Darren Emerson, Jody Wisternoff (Way Out West), Grooverider, Colin Dale, Luke Slater, Easygroove and Mixmaster Morris on the bill. Making a return for Big Love will be Fantazia, the rave promoters who put on one of their first parties at Baskerville.

If that wasn’t enough to secure the county house - 20 miles west of Hereford, 2 miles from Hay - a place in festival history, it’s been credited as the birthplace of Green Man, Big Chill and Boom Town, all of which were held at Baskerville in their early days.

Dance in the dining room, sleep under the stars

Organisers are offering “boutique accommodation” from hotel rooms and Gypsy bowtop caravans to bell tents and unidomes, made all the more attractive with access to the hotel resort's swimming pool, sauna, showers and loos.

The festival is over 18s only, and they are still looking for stewards.

Tickets (£95 + BF) are available at www.biglovefestival.co.uk.

You can follow the festival happenings on twitter @biglovefestuk and Instagram: biglovefestival.

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Big Love is being curated by Something Creatives, the group behind Street Food Circus, Art CarBootique, Milgi and the music venue Cardiff Arts Institute (RIP).

Tile image: Eno Williams, of Ibibio Sound Machine.

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