Cambridge Big Weekend 2018

Cambridge Big Weekend 2017

Join Heart for a great weekend of live music, fireworks and entertainment this summer.

The Big Weekend and Cambridge Mela return to Parker’s Piece from Friday 13th July until Sunday 15th July, all provided by Cambridge City Council and organised by Cambridge Live.

Welcoming thousands of all ages across the three days, expect an array of different attractions and entertainment at one of the city’s best loved free outdoor events.

What's Happening?


Enjoy a superb slice of 90s pop nostalgia as Right Said Fred take to the stage ahead of a stunning fireworks display, all hosted by Kev & Ros from Heart Breakfast.

Kicking off the music to get you in the party mood will be Cambridge based five-piece rock and cheese band Swagger, and tribute act, Ultimate Elton and The Rocket Band.

The ever popular BPM Live Silent Disco also returns for 2018 and will feature on both the Friday and Saturday night.


On Saturday, the Cambridge Big Weekend springs back into life with plenty of free entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

There will be a wide selection of mouthwatering treats to try from the French Market, food stalls and the Cambridge Live Bar (all present for the whole weekend).

Experience the Gaming Hub in partnership with Cambridge Regional College and enjoy all things science in the University of Cambridge’s TTP sponsored Fun Lab.

Get creative and messy in the Leaders’ Children’s Entertainment Area which includes; the Art Tent, face painting and storytelling.

Join in World Cup fever in the Sports Zone, throw some shapes on the dancefloor in the silent disco or even find out more French and Spanish languages and cultures.

Saturday features country rockabilly from Jacen Brace and his band Hold Fast, legendary reggae producer Lee Scratch Perry, Mad Professor with classic ska and reggae act The Neville Staple Band rounding off the entertainment for day two.


The ever popular Cambridge Mela, celebrating Asian culture, returns on Sunday at the Big Weekend.

A wide variety of music can be enjoyed across Parker's Piece in the Mela Performance Marquee and on the Main Stage. Local, national and international stars of the Asian music scene; RSVP Bhangra, DJ Sonny Ji. East Beatz West, and headliner Imran Khan will all be performing amongst acts from the city's local communities.

As well as food stalls, the bar, and French Market, there will also be a Mela traders marquee full of Asian arts and craft stalls, charity stalls, and activities for everyone to enjoy.

Dance lovers can also look forward to Sunday’s Dance Marquee with demonstrations and workshops throughout the day with music and dance displays from Scottish, Polish and Greek cultures to name just a few.

The Sports Zone also continues on Sunday with World Cup football activities building up to the final later that day!

Make sure you're part of one the highlights in the city's calendar this summer.