Big Love Festival 2016

2016 festival poster.

2016 marked Big Love Festival’s first year after the success we’d previously had with Troyfest. The inaugural Big Love Festival included acts like the amazing Ibibio Sound Machine, Andy Cooper of Ugly Duckling fame rapping (with backing by DJ Moneyshot of The Allergies), Wrongtom & The Ragga Twins. Beans on Toast memorably shared a very large bottle of JD with all the audience, and Soom T & Jstar performed a cracking set.

We welcomed grime artist Afrikan Boy, nu-soul singer Jodie Abacus, and even a full orchestra on stage for a Bowie tribute!

Local band Johnny Cage & The Voodoogroove blew everyone away with a wild performance, and we showcased emerging musical talent Castle, Danielle Lewis and Roughion on our BBC Horizons stage.

We also showcased work by some up-and-coming talent, like violinist Mike Dennis, curated by Cardiff venues Club Ifor Bach and Gwdihw.

Check out the photos of Big Love 2016 in the gallery.

Big Love 2016 lineup

  • Ibibio Sound Machine
  • Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling)
  • Wrongtom & The Ragga Twins
  • Beans on Toast
  • Bodhi
  • Soom T & Jstar
  • Afrikan Boy
  • Jodie Abacus
  • Telephones (Berlin)
  • Johnny Cage & the Voodoo Groove
  • The Fantasy Orchestra
  • Francis Inferno Orchestra

DJs, Beats, Pop-up Parties & Promoters

  • Alfresco Disco
  • Cardiff’s Blue Honey
  • TEAK
  • Bodyworks DJs
  • City Bass
  • Gung-Ho
  • Fantazia
  • Big Swing Sound
  • Hype Man Sage
  • Rumpsteppers
  • Richie Vibe Vee
  • Chrome Kids
  • MOOD
  • Dutty Girls
  • Bump’n’Grind
  • Ecklectic Mick

BBC Horizons stage

  • CaStLeS
  • Danielle Lewis
  • & Roughion


Live sessions programmed by Cardiff venues Clwb Ifor Bach & Gwdihw, including:

  • The Brwmys
  • Rum Puppets
  • Mike Dennis.


  • Trax on Wax with King Tubby’s vintage dub sound system
  • Cosmic Warehouse Party
  • Woodland disco
  • The Vintage Remix Ball
  • Fireworks display
  • Award-winning street food including Dirty Bird, Slow Pig, and El Salsa