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Organisers of ‘The Big Gig 19’ have confirmed a full line-up of live tribute music and family festival fun this summer, on Sat 22 June, 1.00-10.30pm.
Now in its fourth year, the Big Gig promises to offer a fantastically fun festival day out and, this year, as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture Fringe, make its mark as an established Family Music festival.
Hosted on the grounds of Horsham Sports Club, the festival pledges to get everyone on their feet to a mix of five local and internationally acclaimed tribute acts. Headlining this year are ‘Rule the World’, the number one Take That tribute band in the world, recognised as such even by the band themselves. With something for everyone, local band ‘Joe90’ will kick off the event with some brit pop favourites from Oasis, Blur, The Kooks and more. The fabulous ‘Kieran’ as ‘Ed Sheeran’ will be followed by the energetic ‘A tribute to Wham’. The ever-popular local Blunter Brothers will be there delivering Motown and Funk classics from the greats, including Stevie Wonder and James Brown.
If this wasn’t enough – the festival this year promises to have a few more fun activities to keep the whole family entertained. Courtesy of Beautiful World Tents, a fully dressed ‘Giant Hat Tipi’ will house some arts and craft plus the awesome Ollie Heath will be offering a beatboxing rhythmic workshop for children. Bouncy inflatables, balloon modelling and glitter paint, completes the festival fun line-up. Foodies will enjoy the delicious array of street food stalls available throughout the day, as well as the club’s own fully licensed bar and specialist tents selling local ales, Prosecco, Pimms, and Cider.
Horsham Sports Club Chairman, Chris Wassell, enthused: “We’re really looking forward to offering a well-established family friendly music festival. Having categorised from previous events what is enjoyed most, we believe, this year will see the right balance of entertainment, facilities and festival fun. We encourage the community and beyond to book their tickets now and enjoy the day”
Festival go-ers will be able to come and set up their own space together with friends and family, so small gazebos (limited to size 10ft/10ft) are welcome.  PLEASE NOTE that no alcohol, glass, picnic hampers or coolers will be allowed in.
This is a fundraising event, so all profits will go to improving the club facilities and to our lead charity Action Medical Research for Children. Action’s Community Fundraiser for Horsham, Ruth Dean, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved with this year’s ‘The Big Gig’. The charity’s been based in Horsham since 1971 and so it’s fantastic to be a part of this truly local event in the heart of our hometown.”
The Big Gig is the perfect day out for the whole family. Children under 5 are FREE and this year the club have introduced a special ‘Child Ticket’ price that covers the age range 5-15 years.
Tickets on sale now. Advance Standard Adult Ticket Price: £20.00. Advance Standard Child Ticket (aged 5-15 years) Price: £10.00. Children under 5 are FREE. Pre-bookable limited car parking is available for £5 per car. Tribute Acts: 2.30pm-10.30pm (Gates open: 1.00pm)
Tickets are available online at https://thebiggig19.eventbrite.co.uk or in cash direct from Horsham Sports Club office or bar, Cricketfield Road. Tel: 01403 254628.
To keep up-to-date with news and activity about The Big Gig, follow the hashtag #thebiggighorsham, on Facebook @biggighorsham and on Twitter @biggighorsham.
This event is kindly sponsored and supported by local community businesses: Scorpius Administration, Esocialbutterflies, The District Post, XADigital, Beautiful World Tents, Ollie Heath Music Themed Workshops, Singergy and Action Medical Research for Children.
Action Medical Research is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 208701; Scotland no. SC039284.

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