Alex James will host The Big Feastival, proudly presented by M&S Food, on his Cotswolds farm this August Bank Holiday, 27 – 29 August 2021
The Big Feastival, proudly presented by M&S Food, returns to the Cotswolds for its 10th anniversary this summer from 27 – 29 August 2021 with an incredible line-up of music, food and family entertainment. The Bank Holiday Weekend extravaganza, which has become renowned for delivering music of the highest calibre, world class chefs, award-winning street food and an unrivalled programme of family entertainment, is pulling out all the stops for 2021, returning with a bigger line-up than ever before for its special 10th edition.
Host Alex James said: “I cannot wait to welcome everyone back to the farm this summer for our 10th Birthday party! We’re all in need of a serious celebration this year so we’re pulling out all the stops to ensure this is our best line-up yet. Roll on August!”
The Big Feastival will be kicking off its anniversary celebrations with a belter of a start on Friday night thanks to multi-platinum selling DJ Sigala, whose summer anthems Wish You Well, Came Here For Love and Just Got Paid are set to get the party started. On Saturday night the festival will welcome the king of funk Nile Rodgers & CHIC. With an unrivalled career spanning more than five decades and 500 million albums sales, Nile Rodgers & CHIC will have the farm boogying along to hits such as Le Freak, Good Times, We Are Family and Let’s Dance. The festival will come to an unforgettable close on Sunday night with BRIT Award winner Rag’n’Bone Man, fresh from the release of his long-awaited second album “Life By Misadventure” this Spring. With his critically acclaimed 4x platinum debut “Human” and smashes such as Human, Skin and Giant under his belt, Rag’n’Bone Man has firmly established himself as one of the most exciting acts to have emerged from the British Music scene in recent years.
Joining the line-up and making her Feastival debut is one of pop’s brightest young stars, Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson, who will have fans singing along to hits including Lush Life, which spent more than a year in the UK chart and has a whopping 950m streams on Spotify, Never Forget You and the massive No. 1 single Symphony with Clean Bandit, alongside tracks from her new album “Poster Girl”, being released on 5 March. Also joining the bill will be singer songwriter Tom Walker, the BRITs 2019 ‘British Breakthrough Act’ best known for his platinum singles Leave A Light On and Just You And I, as well as R&B singer and “Waiting All Night” superstar Ella Eyre, whose collaboration with Rudimental topped the UK chart and received the BRIT Award for ‘British Single of the Year’.
The weekend will also feature iconic girl group All Saints, who became one of the most successful pop groups of the 1990s, trip-hop duo Morcheeba, rock band Reef, British DJ Judge Jules, social media sensation and X Factor Celebrity runner ups Max & Harvey, pioneering DJ Norman Jay MBE, Big Feastival favourites The Cuban Brothers and local heroes Duke are also set to perform, plus many more acts yet to be announced.
The Big Feastival will also host an incredible line up of Britain’s most acclaimed culinary stars. Renowned, two Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw, hailed as one of Britain’s finest fish cooks, will be taking to the Big Feastival stage and bringing with him his signature Cornish seafood. Tom Brown, protégé of Nathan Outlaw and the esteemed chef behind one of the UK’s most talked about restaurants, the incredible Michelin-starred Cornerstone in Hackney, London, is also confirmed, along with Mark Hix, the celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer, who has been at the forefront of British Gastronomy for 17 years and earnt an MBE in 2017 for his services to hospitality.
Ching He Huang, who was awarded an MBE for her services to the Culinary Arts in 2020, also joins the line-up and will share her vibrant culinary adventures and dynamic approach to modern Chinese cuisine, while MasterChef winner Ping Coombes is set to continue spreading the love for Malaysian food across the UK as she makes her Big Feastival debut. One of the UK’s most respected chefs, Michelin-starred Theo Randall, is also set to make his long-awaited return to the festival nine years after his first appearance with his exquisite Italian culinary talents. Emmy-nominated TV chef & cookery author
Jack Stein, chef director across the world-renowned Rick Stein’s restaurants, will showcase his culinary mastery and passion for the world's great cuisines, alongside Skye Mcalpine, who will be sharing the secrets behind her inspirational blog on Venetian food and culture. Also joining the line-up are baking expert, cook and TV presenter Juliet Sear, award-winning cook and food writer Georgina Hayden, as well as father and daughter team Kitty & Alex Tait from The Orange Bakery, who will be representing the next generation of emerging talent. A firm favourite of The Big Feastival, grill legend DJ BBQ returns in 2021 to serve gnarly American barbeque food at its finest and entertain with his ideal blend of “meats and beats”. Festival goers can also look forward to world class Street Food, Cookery Schools with M & S, Supper Clubs and of course Alex James’ legendary Cheese Hub!
The Big Feastival boasts the very best in family entertainment throughout the weekend: there is guaranteed to be something to keep even the smallest festival goers entranced, ensuring kids are entertained from start to finish. This year they can enjoy a festival favourite, Children’s TV Megastar Justin Fletcher, who’ll be bringing his mix of fun and frivolity to the main stage, alongside the Big Feastival premiere of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Five, as well as five-piece band Andy and the Odd Socks, fronted by CBBC’s Andy Day, who will get the kids rocking their socks off. Little festival goers can also take part in interactive storytelling and theatre games from Roald Dahl & The Imagination Seekers, learn new skills at Circus School, and get creative in crafting workshops by the award-winning animation studio behind Wallace and Gromit, Aardman Animation. 2021 will also see the return of Adam Henson’s Cotswolds Farm Park, Bedtime Stories, read by Special Guests and the popular Vintage Funfair plus much more live entertainment to be discovered.
Published on 05 March 2021 by Ben Robinson