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The Big Chill Festival 2006 - The Big Chill Festival

Ref #002949 - August 2006
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Music 4 Studios mixes The Big Chill festival for Channel 4.

Music 4 Studios mixes music and interviews from The Big Chill festival for Channel 4.

The 2006 festival, featuring José Gonzalez, Coldcut and Robert Owens, Sparks and the Fat Tuesday Bar, was an eclectic weekend of music and art, set in the grounds of Eastnor Castle.

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Founded in 1994 by Pete Lawrence and Katrina Larkin it began as a club, but developed into an outdoor festival in 1995 with an event in the Black Mountains of Wales. In the early days the most prominent DJs were Matt Black of Coldcut, Tom Middleton of Global Communication and Mixmaster Morris of Irresistible Force.

The event (known as "The Enchanted Garden") later moved to Larmer Tree Gardens in England where it was held for 5 years. It was at this stage where it developed its hallmarks, such as high quality visuals, excellent range in food stalls, highly unusual line-ups and a Body & Soul field with many healers, masseurs and alternative therapists. In 2001 the event was also held at Lulworth Castle in Dorset.

The festival has continued to grow in popularity with attendance and ticket sales increasing each year. In 2002 the event moved to its current home at Eastnor Castle where it now takes place each summer at the beginning of August. Attendance at the early festivals was around 6-7000 people. In 2003 this had increased to 17,500. Additional space at the Eastnor site has permitted the festival to grow further to 27,000 (2004) and 30,000 (2005) people. In 2006 the event was licensed for 35,000 people, and the festival will be the same size in 2007.