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York And Malton Taking Part In "Our Big Gig"


7:09am 10th July 2014

Events are being finalised across Yorkshire and Humber with a variety of venues confirmed in York and Malton.

 The ‘our big gig’ events will be free for both participants and spectators, and will feature more than 7,000 musicians and 2,000 volunteers helping stage events at venues ranging from shopping centres, schools, town centres, churches, parks and village greens to pubs.  All venues will be open to people all ages.  The gigs are part of government’s work to bring people together in strong united, communities, as well as an “Inspired by 2012” project which aims to keep the legacy of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics alive.

York Event:

  • Sat 12 Jul:- Burnholme Community College, Bad Bargain Lane, Tang Hall, York. A wide range of activities to get people involved in music including rock workshops for children, young people and adults/families, drumming workshops, guitar playing, young people's 'have a go at being in a band' sessions, try an instrument and community dance sessions. The event will also offer local bands/groups and choir an opportunity to perform for their community and will engage local music coaches/mentors.

Stephen Williams said:

“Live music is a great way of getting people from all different backgrounds and from right across the country involved in their local community and have a weekend of free entertainment into the bargain.  The Our Big Gig weekend will help turn strangers and neighbours into friends and encourage lots of people to get involved in music, in some cases for the first time.”


Locations and line ups can be found here: http://www.superact.org.uk/ourbiggig/events/all-events

In 2012 more than 200 community-led performances attracted 200,000 people on the closing day of the Paralympics, and last summer’s our big gigs saw over 200,000 people attend free concerts. 

Our big gig is organised by not for profit arts organisation Superact, with the Department for Communities and Local Government as the main sponsor.  Ten of the 170 events are going ahead through ‘crowd funding’ from people eager to have an event locally.

Katharine Lane of Superact said:

“Just as football will unite thousands of people this summer at the world cup, so too will music and we hope our big gig will again offer a unique way for communities to come together.”

Darren Henley said:

“For the second year running government, Superact and the music industry have worked together to arrange this huge series of free concerts to bring thousands of people together through music.  This year’s line ups will be the most exciting and diverse we have seen yet.”

'Our big gig' is one of a number of projects the department is funding to bring people together from different backgrounds and help build stronger communities.  For more information on our projects and our partners see:


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