That's all folks...
It's with great sadness that we have to announce that the North Shropshire Big Weekend has come to an end.
We have had five fantastic years for which we are immensely proud. We have certainly brought the spirit of Louisiana to this small corner of North Shropshire and the ripples have become great waves!
Thankyou so much for all those who worked so hard to make it happen and all who came, enjoyed and supported this unique event.
Who knows what happens next, but in this present world we find ourselves in, literally anything could happen.
On an up note, plans are already underway for new ventures in 2018 so keep an eye out on our facebook page and we'll keep you updated.
But for now it's goodbye from us and we look forward to seeing you at the other great Cajun & Zydeco festivals around the UK and Europe.
Much love, the North Shropshire Big Weekend team.
Cajuns les Cadiens or Les Acadiens, are descendants of the Acadian French from Acadia Canada, now settled in South West Louisiana.
Cajun music is the traditional music of the French settlers of south west Louisiana. The roots of this unique style can be traced back through the French Canadian traditions of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Maritimes, and further back to the original French pioneers who left Northern France many generations ago.
Over many years the traditional music has absorbed many other cultural styles into the mix, including Celtic, Spanish, and of course a huge influence from their Creole French neighbours.
The result is a unique and intense firey mix, played mainly on the Fiddle and the Accordion, highly emotive and irresistibly danceable!
Zydeco (French from the phrase “Les haricots ne sont pas sales” means “the snap beans aren’t salty” or “leh-zy-dee-co sohn pah salay..”
Zydeco music has its roots based in African Creole traditions; The Creole settlers in South West Louisiana also absorbed musical styles from many different cultures over the years including a huge influence from their Cajun neighbours.
Many of the songs and tunes are shared between the two cultures, the Creole Zydeco style however is rooted more in the African Rhythm & Blues tradition, but is always embracing modern styles such as funk and hip hop, always keeping the music alive and fresh, and of course always compellingly danceable.
Like Cajun music, Zydeco is very much Accordion led, also features the rub-board, a percussion instrument, based on the washboard, but worn like a vest over the chest and played with spoons or keys.
A totally irresistible and unique dance music, spicy hot with a generous dose of bump n grind!
North Shropshire Big Weekend believes in helping its festival goers as far as possible, and has therefore a liberal cancellation policy.
Under this policy:
*Please note in these cases, the new attendee must bring a copy of the original receipt
Early bird weekend... Sold Out
Standard weekend... £55
Weekend camping... £20
Friday evening... £15
Saturday afternoon... £12
Saturday evening... £18
Sunday afternoon... £12
Sunday evening... £15
Please note: All ticket bookings will be subject to a booking fee added at the point of sale.
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