Festival fever at Big Boston Gig

Too Many T's
Too Many T's

The final plans are being put together for a new commercial music and arts festival set to rock Boston next week.

The Big Boston Gig promises to offer a weekend of entertainment – the likes of which have not been seen in Boston before, say organisers.

Co-organiser Jimmy May pictured at the festival grounds at Boston Cricket Club.

Co-organiser Jimmy May pictured at the festival grounds at Boston Cricket Club.

The event will see Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart headlining and a variety of up-and-coming commercial acts performing – some of which have played at Glastonbury.

“It is going to be a very special event, celebrating arts, music and culture in a manner which has never been done in Boston before,” said Dylan Taylor, of Endeavour Radio, who is co-organising the event with musician and promotor Jimmy May and event manager Julie Collishaw.

The team say the aim of the event is also to inject more positivity into Boston: “We want to overturn the negative image Boston has in the rest of Lincolnshire,” said Mr Talylor.

“It is time for change in Boston and, if you agree, we’d love to see you there and be a part of the start of what we hope will be a brand new long-term legacy for Boston.”

It is time for change in Boston and, if you agree, we’d love to see you there and be a part of the start of what we hope will be a brand new long-term legacy for Boston.

Dylan Taylor, of Endeavour Radio, who is co-organising the event with musician and promotor Jimmy May and event manager Julie Collishaw.

The Saturday and Sunday are the main event, with the Saturday dedicated to non-stop bands on the main stage outside on the cricket field and acoustic/solo artists indoors in the cricket club.

There will also be a variety of activities for all ages – quirky art installations and workshops and fairground rides.

Mr Taylor added: “In addition to all that, many local artists have very kindly volunteered their services in creating knitted strips, totem poles, bunting and fabric in Big Boston Gig colours to add more of a festival feel – we can’t wait to see what the area looks like.”

The Big Gig takes place from July 3-5 at the Mayflower sports ground (Boston Cricket Club) in Rosebery Avenue.

Big Boston Gig.

Big Boston Gig.

Tickets: £15 adults, £12 youth (ages 12-17), under-11s go free. For details visit: www.facebook.com/thebigbostongig.

Acts set to perform at the Big Boston Gig:

Others set to perform include London-based acts Too Many T’s (hip-hop/soul) and Harry Violet and the Sharks (dark sax-driven rock/jive); ‘death electronica’ duo Bone Cult; rock/soul act Hot Soles; beat-boxer Jack Porter, ska/northern soul act Kurt Fleas; Glastonbury award-winning musician Declan McKenna and more. Local acts include rock groups Kill The Ideal, the Vigilantes and Bullet Tooth.

The Friday evening will offer volunteers and others involved with the event a relaxed night of DJ music and refreshments in the cricket club.

Bone Cult

Bone Cult

Sunday will see live bands and a DJ competition – with the winner getting a cash prize. Would-be Pete Tongs can register via the Big Gig’s Facebook page

Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart

Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart