Martin Read – Reporter
Horsham Sports Club are delighted to announce the return of The Big Gig, the town’s happiest live music festival – at Cricketfield Road this Saturday,another fantastic day out for all the family with iconic music from an outstanding collection of tribute bands. And, among super fun activities for children – accompanied under 10s getting in free – there will be bouncyinflatables, rides, glitter painting, and, for everyone, superb food provided by well-loved favourites from Horsham Market. There will also be numerous specialist drinks tents featuring local ales, and a fully licensed bar, too. The music begins at 2pm with Flairz, reprising the very best of Glam Rock hits. The ever popular Blunter Brothers will be performing their renown repertoire of Motown and Funk classics from all time greats like Stevie Wonder, and James Brown. Michael Jackson and Little Mix will also be featured and the evening will be rounded off by the iconic Queen, ensuring a very wide range of music for all tastes to savour. The Big Gig is organised, promoted and sponsored by the friendly expert marketing duo Nicole and Emma of Horsham’s esocialbutterflies in partnership with locally based XADigital.com and Horsham Sports Club, Nicole telling the District Post: “It’s time for Horsham to slip on its dancing shoes, get into the festival spirit and enjoy some stunning live music, huge hits from the popular artists that we all love! The gates open at 1.30pm, come and set up your own space with friends and family – gazebos are welcome as well as picnics and camping chairs, although you’ll be likely to be led astray by the delicious food on offer throughout the day and Prosecco, Pimms, Cider and other delights from the specialist tents!” The Big Gig Festival is a fundraising event for Horsham Sports Club, while also supporting two wonderful local charities – St Catherine’s Hospice and Dame Vera Lynn’s Children’s Charity. St Catherine’s is a dedicated provider of expert, high quality end of life care for terminally ill local people, assisiting them and their families and friends, free of charge, as they have done for nearly 40 years. Last year St Catherine’s cared for around 2000 people in their own homes, at the Day Hospice and on the wards. Yet, they are currently only able to reach 1 in 3 people that need them and have recently launched the Full Circle Appeal to raise £20 Million for a new, state of the art hospice building to ensure that no one has to face death and loss alone. The excellent Cuckfield-based Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity supports children under 5 years of age with cerebral palsy and other motor learning difficulties. Their early intervention scheme enables parents to maximise the potential of their child, through engagement, activity play, physical therapy sessions, outreach support in the home and access to a parents network. Children also use assistive technology, and have a dedicated sensory room offering additional therapy sessions. Dame Vera’s Charity has helped more than 500 families from across the South East and relies on funding to continue and extend their services. Horsham Sports Club Chairman Chris Wassell promises: “We’ve taken on board all of the feedback from the Big Gig 17, and to reduce festival go-ers queuing time there will be many extra toilet facilities and double the amount of bars. We’re really looking forward to using our generous outdoor space again for such a fun community event – Horsham’s very own music festival!” This year advance tweenager tickets are available at the special price of £15. Standard adult tickets are £20, available online at www.horshamsportsclub.com or direct from Horsham Sports Club office or bar at Cricketfield Road – 01403 254628. To keep up-to-date with news of The Big Gig, follow the hashtag #thebiggighorsham, on Facebook @biggighorsham and on Twitter @biggighorsham.