Residents’ Information

Last updated 15th March 2024

Big Love Festival is a small three-day independent music and arts festival showcasing creative talent from South Wales and surrounding areas. It will take place in Cwm Cayo Farm, Gwehelog, on Thursday 18th, Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2024 – subject to licence.

On this page you’ll find information for local residents about the event, the progress of our licence application, and how you can have your say.

If you need to contact us before or during the event please email community@biglovefestival.co.uk.

On this page:

Community samba band playing at the festival in 2022.

Good Community Relations

We were so delighted by the warm reception we received from the local community for our first two years in 2022 and 2023, and we want to build on that going forward. We continue to be committed to ensuring that Big Love Festival 2024 takes place with minimal disruption to the local community.

We fully appreciate that if not properly managed, traffic and noise from events can cause considerable nuisance in a quiet community such as Gwehelog.

We will again be drawing up detailed traffic and noise management plans with Monmouthshire Council, and through continued consultation with the council, local residents, and the Safety Advisory Group, we will endeavour to deliver the best possible experience for all concerned.

Our aim is to build a long-term relationship with the local community, and the voice of local residents is hugely important to us. We welcome your feedback on the plans for the 2024 event.

Residents’ Tickets

If you would like to attend Big Love 2024, the organisers are making discounted tickets available to local residents living within 2km of the site. These residents’ tickets are priced at 20% of the standard ticket price + booking fee.

For those living 2–4km away from the site, discounted tickets are available priced at 50% of standard price.

Use this link to view a zoomable map. (Distances are measured from the site entrance, coordinates 51.73159, -2.899369).

To apply please send proof of address showing your full name and address in the same document to: community@biglovefestival.co.uk. If eligible, you will be sent a discount code – simply purchase tickets and enter the discount code at the bottom of the booking form.

Due to the small nature of the event, residents tickets are limited to 4 per household and offered on a first come first served basis to those living locally.

About Big Love

This year will be the seventh edition of Big Love Festival (after a two year break because of Covid-19 in 2020 and ’21). Previously the event has been held successfully at a site near Hay-on-Wye, since 2016.

The event will offer a variety of respected musical artists, both live acts and DJs, ranging in style from folk, reggae, dance music, to Welsh language, alternative and jazz, over 5 intimately designed stages.

In addition to music there will be standup comedy and poetry, live circus acts, art and craft workshops, plus a wellbeing area and award-winning street food.

Capacity will remain the same in 2024, but we are still consulting with the council on this with regard to what we feel the site and locale can accommodate. No tickets will be for sale on the gate. Attendees will camp on-site.

Big Love is run on a not-for-profit basis by a small team of experienced professionals, with backgrounds in events production and management, including other festivals and the National Theatre of Wales productions. We have been fortunate enough to receive funding from the Welsh government for supporting emerging talent.

Construction & Event Schedule 2024

There will be some production and contractor traffic on the build-up and break down days (14 days leading up to the event and three after), but we anticipate this being no more than 2–3 lorries large vans per day.

We’ll be on-site from 1st July, with deliveries from 4th July.

Any construction noise will be restricted to the hours between 9am and 7pm.

Noise Management

To manage noise from the event we have worked with third party consultants to develop a Noise Management Plan, designed to minimise noise nuisance to local residents. We are in contact with the council’s Environmental Health Department and will be monitoring noise levels throughout the event, both within the site and at agreed offsite locations. We will ensure that the decibel levels agreed with the local authority are not exceeded.

If you experience any nuisance caused by noise during the event please call the community hotline number. This number will be posted here two weeks prior to the event.

Security

Gwent Police are involved in the planning process for Big Love Festival. Qualified and competent SIA Security will be provided by a recognised Welsh security firm and will be on duty within the festival site. The security staff will be supported by a large number of stewards and traffic marshals. Please feel free to approach them with any concerns as they are happy to help.

Community Information

We understand that you may want to contact us about our plans prior to the event. You are welcome to get in touch with the Big Love Community team: community@biglovefestival.co.uk.

This page will be updated when relevant information is confirmed and ready for public announcement.

Latest updates

15th March 2024

If you have requested discounted residents’ tickets, we will be issuing codes this weekend.

8th February 2024

We have some exciting changes planned for Big Love 2024, which we’ll be announcing soon. The biggest change is that we are making the event family friendly, with children allowed on site this year, and a new Kids’ area and activities.

12th July 2023

We are looking forward to welcoming our neighbours to the festival. See above for how to obtain discounted resident tickets.

27th June 2023

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response for tickets for local residents, and there are only a few tickets left at £25. Once they’re gone we will be offering nearby residents tickets at half price.

15th March 2023

Apologies to those of you that have already requested Residents’ tickets. We’ve just finished switching to a new ticketing platform, and these will be available in the next couple of days through Festival Pro.

10th February 2023

We are now inviting local residents to apply for discounted tickets for those living within 2 miles of the site.

12th October 2022

We are hoping to repeat the success of Big Love Festival 2022 again next year. With a move to a new site, this year was a steep learning curve for us; hopefully we got most things right, but we recognise some things could be improved – we sincerely welcome the views of local residents.

12th August 2022

A massive thanks to all the local residents that gave us such a warm welcome to the area. It was gratifying to see so many local faces – of all ages – on site and enjoying the event. If you have any feedback, good or bad, please do let us know community@biglovefestival.co.uk.

7th June 2022

We’re pleased to be able to say that Monmouthshire County Council approved our licence for the festival a couple of weeks ago. As part of the licensing process we met with council officials on-site, and worked with them to agree suitable music times and noise levels.

21st April 2022

We’ve been out and about dropping off leaflets about Big Love to all locals we think might be affected by the event yesterday and today (Weds and Thurs). Thank you so much to everyone in Gwehelog and surrounding areas that took the time to talk to Stuart and the team as they were making their way around – what a lovely warm and friendly community!

The official notice of our application for a temporary Premises Licence was published in the Monmouthshire Beacon newspaper on Wednesday 20th April 2022.

We also spoke to Monmouthshire’s Environmental Health team about today the event, and we’ll be submitting out Noise Management Plan with them shortly.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns about potential sound disturbance, or any other suggestions, do please let us know: community@biglovefestival.co.uk.