The Big Weekend

The Big Weekend 5th – 7th July 2019, Parkers Piece, Cambridge.

We are pleased to welcome the legendary Kid Creole and the Coconuts to the Big Weekend on Friday 5 July. Kid Creole and the Coconuts are celebrating its 38th Anniversary this year. That is amazing! Kid claims this is the Farewell Tour, but he has been saying this for 10 years.
Joining him on stage this summer:
The Coconuts = Sarah McGrath, Roos Van Rossum and Charlotte De Graaf.
The Band = Dave Imby, Mark Anthony Jones, Michael Gorman, Oroh
Angiama, Chris Storr, Barnaby Dickinson and Edgar Jones.
Kid Creole and the Coconuts  was born out of the red hot embers of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. In the 1970’s the Savannah Band had successfully merged the big band sound of the 1940’s (Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Louis Prima) with the dance floor beat of the disco era. The Kid fused the big band sound with every strain under the sun – calypso, soca, salsa, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, funk, hiphop, etc… with a strong accent on Caribbeanism. Kid Creole and the Coconuts thus became pioneers of what became known as mongrel music. In other words – a delicious but strange potpourri of goodness.

Check back on this page for more line up announcements in the coming months.

Get Involved at Cambridge Big Weekend and Mela

Calling all artists, dance groups, story tellers, stall holders, sports teams/groups etc.
Are you or your group/business interested in working with us at Big Weekend in the Art Tent, Sports Zone, leading Workshops or Storytelling sessions.
Perhaps you are a local dance group who could perform on Sunday in one of our Dance Marquees? Or you could be interested in performing on the Local Bands Stage?
Are you a Mela performer? Performing music or dance with an Asian heritage/background. A Mela Trader? Selling jewellery, clothes or other stuff with an Asian heritage/background.
Whether you are looking for some Bar Work, Stewarding/ Stage Manager or other Event working opportunities such as Charity Bucket Collection as part of fundraising for Cambridge Live. There are plenty of ways to get involved with Big Weekend & Mela 2019 and you can register your interest HERE
Please note that it may not be possible to respond to new enquiries received after 1st May 2019 so if registering interest later than 1st May your enquiry shall be logged for getting involved with 2020's event.  If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the City Events Coordinator by email: or phone 01223 791783.

Catering Applications are now open for The Big Weekend 5th – 7th July 2019, Parkers Piece, Cambridge.

The catering applications for The Big Weekend & Mela 2019 are now open! The deadline for applications is midday, Tuesday 12th March 2019.

Applications can be completed using our online form HERE

The Big Weekend & Mela is a free to attend, non-ticketed, community event comprised of three days of free family entertainment on the central area of Parker’s Piece, provided by Cambridge City Council, and organised by the charity Cambridge Live.

Friday trading times: 6pm – 10.30pm. Entertainment on Friday includes pop in the park on the main stage followed by a firework display. Approximate attendance on the Friday evening is 8,000.

Saturday Trading times: 12 noon – 10:30pm. Saturday is a family entertainment day that includes local acts, world music, and headliners on the main stage, a local musicians stage, walkabout entertainers, family activities, children’s entertainment, a sports zone, a bar, and a French market. Attendance is approximately 15,000 throughout the Saturday.

Sunday trading times: 12 noon – 8pm. Sunday is the Cambridge Mela -a celebration of Asian and international culture with local community groups providing entertainment. The French market continues, and the bar, and there will also be some Mela traders selling Arts and Crafts. Attendance is approximately 6,000.

Please note that in order to submit your application you will need to provide us with copies of the following documents so please ensure you have ready when applying:

  • Evidence of being registered with your local authority (i.e. Registration letter or food hygiene rating letter)
  • Your Proposed Menu and Price List
  • Photos of unit
  • Vehicle registration details
  • Food Hygiene Training Certificates of Food Handlers
  • Allergen Lists
  • Gas Safety Certificates (if applicable)
  • Electrical appliances PAT test certificates
  • Your Health and Safety Risk Assessment for catering at outdoor events
  • Your current third party, employers liability (if applicable), and Public and Products Liability Insurance
  • Social Media Links (Optional)

If you require a paper copy or need any further details, please don’t hesitate to contact or on 01223 791783.