Big Love Festival is moving! We’ve gone wild for 2022, in a brand new location.
We know so many of you have been eager for details of Big Love 2022, so it’s great to finally be able to confirm the date and share with you our big, big news!
First thing, the dates for Big Love 2022 are confirmed as Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July.
We’re going wild!
By the time the next Big Love rolls around in July 2022, it will be three years since we’ve been able to hold the festival. All that extra lockdown time has given us a chance to come up with ambitious plans to make the next festival something very special indeed.
To that end, we’ve decided to say a fond au revoir to Baskerville Hall for now, and after a year of searching, announce that for 2022, Big Love Goes Wild at a stunning new site.
The new site
We’re keeping the exact location under wraps for now, but we can say it’s much easier to reach by both car and public transport – just a 40 minute drive from Bristol and Cardiff, and 10 minutes from the M4.
What we can say is it is nestled near the edge of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with gently rolling hills, grassy meadows, acres of ancient woodland, and an incredible history dating back nearly 3000 years. We’re sure when you see it you’ll agree it’s one of the most beautiful festival sites in the UK.
We’re going greener!
We really want to reduce Big Love’s environmental footprint, and studies have shown that getting to and from a festival accounts for around 80% of its carbon emissions. As fun as Baskerville Hall was, it was never easy to get to by car, let alone public transport! The new location is a short distance from rail links and the motorway.
We’ll be posting more on how the move helps reduce our environmental impact, and the extra steps we’re taking to really change things shortly.
More reasons to go wild!
We were also starting to feel that we’d outgrown some aspects of the old site; some of the restrictions it imposed began to limit the scope and creativity of the festival. With the new site, the only limit is our imaginations!
The 10pm curfew on outdoor music at the old venue Baskerville Hall was always frustrating too, but with the new site, we’ll be able to continue the outdoor entertainment well into the night.
Changes to the rules at Baskerville also meant that people attending the festival would no longer be able to bring their own alcohol, even on to the campsite. This didn’t sit well with us, as being an affordable festival is a big part of our ethos.
And thanks to the move, we’ll be able to serve our affordable, fabulous and freshly made cocktails late into the evening!
Bigger, better woodland discos!
Our woodland discos were always really popular, but rather limited by the ankle-twistingly steep terrain and the small clearing, not to mention the 10pm finish.
With our new home, we have acres of woods, with numerous glades in which to dance the night away. And of course this helps make the festival more accessible too – no one’s going to miss the long climb up the concrete stairs to the woods at Baskerville!
Some of the improvements for Big Love Goes Wild include:
- Bigger selection of food traders
- Late night woodland cinema
- Free luxury showers
- Mix of flushing toilets and composting loos
- Wheelchair accessible toilets and showers
- Circus acts and workshops
- More spoken word and comedy
- More arts and crafts workshops
- Dedicated boutique camping field with luxury options for every budget
- Secret late night parties in Victorian barns
Don’t worry, although the location may have changed, it’s still the same Big Love at heart, and there will be lots of your favourite things from previous years.
Kaptin from Boomtown is still in charge of programming the music, and we’ll be posting our new for ‘22 lineup shortly.
Those of you that were at Big Love in 2016 and 2017 will be pleased to know we’re planning the return of the gorgeous Sky Barn, which is just the loveliest place to chill.
U & I Radio will be back, curating an amazing selection of emerging and unsigned music talent from just about every genre going.
And Staypuft Marshmallow Man? We think he might just put in an appearance…
Au revoir not goodbye to Baskerville
Baskerville Hall will always have a special place in our hearts; it holds some incredible memories for us, but it’s now time to move on and create wonderful memories somewhere new.
Again thank you if you rolled over your ticket – we love you!!!
Massive thanks too to the Welsh Government for recognising Big Love Festival as an important cultural event – after 5 years of flourishing as a proudly independent community festival, it was great to have to receive that support during the pandemic.
Let’s reconnect with one another!
We’re so excited about the move to a new site; it’s reignited our imaginations, and the creative possibilities are almost endless.
So join us in July for a long-overdue gathering of the Big Love family – with members old and new – in a joyous celebration of great music, creativity and friendship.
The Big Love team x
Early BirdWeekend tickets are now on sale, priced from under £100.