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World Music Festivals

The Big Chill Festival
August 3, 2007 - August 5, 2007

The Big Chill excels in promoting a wide range of established and emerging talent from the worlds of Music, Art, Digital Media, Comedy and Theatre, offering the best all-round, surround sound entertainment, within the beautiful setting of Great Malvern.

Malvern Hills, Herefordshire
UNITED KINGDOM

The Big Chill excels in promoting a wide range of established and emerging talent from the worlds of Music, Art, Digital Media, Comedy and Theatre, offering the best all-round, surround sound entertainment, within the beautiful setting of Great Malvern.

The fairytale site includes three outdoor (Open Air, Castle and Sanctuary) stages, various bars (including the return of Fat Tuesday and Finlandia), huge indoor (Media Mix, Club and Kids) arenas, Body & Soul's holistic haven, a night time Art Trail and row upon row of food stalls. Featuring attractions for families to foodies, clubbers to world music fans, on grassy banks, under bluebird skies, or in the night time whirl... Keeping true to their original roots, The Big Chill invites you to tune in, zone out and ward off life's hectic challenges for one magical, mystical camping weekend.

The organisers are very excited to welcome these artists, a third of the many live acts and DJs to appear at the annual four-day extravaganza. Dipping into the assorted genres of dubstep, Norwegian disco, funk, Bazumbo trance, Balkan beats, VJ, A/V, drum'n'bass, Goan, gospel, beatboxing, Balearica and more, are, in no particular order:

Kruder and Dorfmeister's Summer Sessions will consist of a two hour DJ set from each 21st century music pioneer, Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister, plus the outstanding performance of silver-tongued MCs Earl Zinger and Ras MC T- Weed, plus VJ mastermind Fritz Fitzke.

The Cinematic Orchestra's new record Ma Fleur will surprise people with its new directions, not least for a trio of guest vocalists, of which Montreal based Patrick Watson particularly impresses on the emotive single “To Build a Home.” Raw emotion runs through this album's subject matter of loss and love. Beautiful.

Paul Hartnoll of Orbital's new project recalls the cinematic sensibilities and crowd-shaking rhythms of his earlier work, with a collection of songs that moves his into new and altogether more ambitious terrain, ranging from old school electro to neo-classical. With arranger Chris Elliott, Paul set about reversing the usual process - whereby electronic music might mimic the sounds of traditional instruments - and presented his compositions to an orchestra. The fruits of this union-full orchestra, choir and “the whole compliment of electronics” are heard to dramatic effect on his new album, The Ideal Condition, which also includes a guest contribution from The Cure's Robert Smith on the single “Please.”

As ever, the Big Chill's commitment to global sounds abounds. This year, don't miss a chance to skank to the sound of The Skatalites direct from Kingston, Jamaica, who kicked the whole live ska thing off back in the day. We're also pleased to confirm Cymande, an influential and eclectic band who are celebrated as one of the most sophisticated of the heavy funk acts that evolved in the early 1970s. They arrived in London from Guyana and Jamaica and developed a subtle, deep funk style influenced by calypso rhythms, jazz, African music and American soul.
Konono No1 are a collection of musicians from the borders of Congo and Angola, with a line-up which includes three electric thumb pianos equipped with hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts, and plugged into amplifiers. A rhythm section uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a sound system featuring these famous megaphones. Their repertoire draws largely on Bazombo trance music, but they've had to incorporate the originally unwanted distortions of their sound system. It's electric and the most full on and original dance experience.

The exuberance of Barcelona based 8-piece hip-hop flamenkillo terrorists Ojos De Brujo is an uplifting and colourful show, which will bring summer smiles to Big Chillers during their Sunday afte