Big Feastival reveals its big 2023 line-up

By Jessica Durston - 16 February 2023

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The festival, which takes place at Alex James' farm in the Cotswolds, is back again this year, and boasts a massive line-up across its music, chef and family categories.

An image taken from the 2022 festival

Big Feastival - proudly presented by M&S Food - returns to the Cotswolds this Summer from 25 – 27 August with a big line-up for 2023.

Now in its twelfth year, the bank holiday extravaganza, hosted at Alex James’ farm, is said to be renowned for delivering the perfect combination of live music, critically-acclaimed chefs, award-winning food and a programme of family entertainment.

Camping, Weekend and Day Tickets are on sale, now available at www.thebigfeastival.com.
 
Host Alex James said: "I can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the farm for our 2023 edition. Big Feastival gets bigger and better every year, it’s the perfect way to spend your August bank holiday weekend with family or friends. With even more fantastic acts and entertainment to be announced in the coming weeks, this is shaping up to be our best line-up yet."
 
Organisers say Big Feastival 2023 features a full epic line-up of headline artists.

Kicking off the festivities on Friday night is Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid, who is Feastival’s youngest ever headliner. Having burst onto the British music scene in 2017 with the hit “Strangers”, she went on to win the prestigious BBC Music Sound of 2018.

Her Big Feastival debut will be packed with hits such as “Mirror”, “Don’t Feel Like Crying” and “Head On Fire”.

Tom Grennan will headline on Saturday night, and will perform a catalogue of hit singles including “Little Bit of Love”, “Something In The Water” and “Let’s Go Home Together”.

Bringing the festival to a close on Sunday night are UK indie-rock icons Blossoms. A spokesperson for the band said: "With three Number One albums already under their belt, the Manchester band have firmly established themselves as superstars on the UK music scene. Crowd favourites such as “Charlemagne” and “Your Girlfriend” will wow audiences and top off a spectacular weekend."
 
Also joining the line-up are The Vaccines. The band have achieved five top 10 albums to date, including 2012’s #1 record Come of Age, and will performing hits such as If You Wanna, No Hope and Teenage Icon.

Additionally, pop sensation Rick Astley - who shot to fame in 1987 with his hit single “Never Gonna Give You Up”, - will also take to the main stage this year. His debut album Whenever You Need Somebody has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

Global pop icon and multi-award winning singer Melanie C is also set to grace the stage with her nostalgic anthems from her Spice Girls era to her hugely successful solo career.
 
Multi-platinum selling DJ Example will bring his live set to the farm with songs such as “Changed The Way You Kiss Me” and “Stay Awake”. The Big Feastival team say they are also very excited to welcome DJ sets from two electronic superstars.

A spokesperson added: "Hot Chip, one of the UK’s most influential synth-pop acts will bring their visual DJ set to the farm, alongside one of the world’s greatest dance acts, Faithless’ Sister Bliss who’ll send the crowds crazy with tunes such as “Insomnia”.

"Elsewhere the iconic voice of London’s Freya Ridings is set to grace the stage along with dance electronic pop singer Katy B, as well as multi-instrumentalist band New Hope Club. South African pop singer Baby Queen and singer-songwriter Alice Merton. Festival favourites, the risqué musical comedy troupe The Cuban Brothers also join the line-up."
 
Big Feastival have also announced the first round of headline culinary stars.

Asma Khan, the Indian-born British chef who is famed for her refined Indian dishes will be making her Feastival debut at the farm. She was the first British Chef to star in Netflix’s award-winning Chef’s Table and owns the world famous Darjeeling Express restaurant.

Renowned, two-Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw, hailed as one of Britain’s finest fish cooks, will alos be taking to the Big Feastival stage and bringing with him his signature Cornish seafood. In addition, TV favourite Anna Haugh will bring her delicious Irish cuisine and personality that is said to have won over audiences on Masterchef: The Professionals, Hell’s Kitchen and Ready Steady Cook.
 
Best-selling author and gluten-free food writer Becky Excell will be at the festival to showcase her Gluten-free bakes. Big Zuu, the man behind BAFTA-winning Big Zuu’s Big Eats will make his Big Feastival debut, sharing the secrets behind his hugely popular cookery programmes whilst international Emmy-nominated Ching He Huang MBE returns to demonstrate her plant-based Asian cuisine.

Lizzie Acker, the Great British Bake Off contestant, known for her colourful bakes will also be cooking on the farm as well as Great British Menu finalist Lisa Goodwin-Allen. Lisa will share the skills that have led to her earning a prestigious Michelin star. Comedian-turned-chef George Egg aka the ‘Snack Hacker’ and award-winning Cornish chef James Strawbridge also join the line-up.
 
Julius Roberts will share the secrets of how to thrive in a self-sufficient life by growing your own ingredients. Indian chef Maunika Gowardhan is set to serve up authentic flavours of the East with Western influences.

Furthermore, social media sensation Max La Manna will show audiences how simplicity can be best with his few-ingredient, low-waste approach to cooking. Inspired by Chinese cookery, Pippy Eats will bring her talents to the farm, giving any noodle fans the top tips for the perfect dish. Gordon Ramsay alumni Seema Pankhania also joins the line-up.
 
A spokesperson for Big Feastival continued: "The festival will also welcome world-class street food across the site with mouth-watering offerings for all, including industry-leading vegan vendors. Table Sessions will provide interactive hands-on workshop experiences, giving festival-goers the chance to meet the chefs up close and personal, whilst a plethora of culinary activities are also available throughout the farm including cook schools, demos and workshops."
 
Big Feastival will also help to keep even the littlest of festival-goers entertained throughout the weekend.

This year, family fun comes in the form of festival-favourite Children’s TV Megastar Justin Fletcher and BBC’s YolanDa’s Band Jam. The festival will also welcome activities from some of the country's most–loved animated characters including Cocomelon’s JJ, Paw Patrol’s Chase and PJ Masks’ Catboy set to entertain the whole family.

Adam Henson will bring the farmyard from his Cotswold Farm Park, giving kids the opportunity to meet their favourite furry animals up close. The iconic Royal Albert Hall will present Albert’s Band, a collective offering with bespoke, interactive performances and workshops.
 
M&S Food says it is delighted to once again be Headline Sponsor of Big Feastival 2023, with several dedicated activities and areas for all the family.

People will be able to pay a visit to the M&S Food Cookery School, showcasing the freshest, quality ingredients sourced from M&S Select Farms. A festival family highlight is said to be the M&S Little Cooks Kitchen & Allotment, and Meet the Producers. These events will provide an opportunity for children to learn about food and get hands on with some cooking too.

The M&S Early Risers Café aims to get individuals their morning fix of hot drinks, bacon baps and more before they set off for the day. Grown-ups will also have the perfect place to pause and soak up the atmosphere at the M&S Bar.
 
Alex James’ legendary Cheese Hub will too see DJ sets from some of the nation’s best acts, including secret sets throughout the weekend whilst the Silent Disco will see guests dance the night away.
 
For the first time ever, Big Feastival is opening its campsite a day earlier. Guests will now have the option to arrive in the evening of Thursday (24 August) from 4pm, offering a chance to set up camp early, ready for action on Friday morning. These early access passes are said to be extremely limited.
 
Organisers say further entertainment will be announced soon.
 
For full information on the programme and to purchase tickets, members of the public can visit: www.thebigfeastival.com.

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