Our Big Gig Shrewsbury

Flax Mill Maltings, Shrewsbury to be part of more than 300 events taking place across the UK for the biggest national celebration of music in communities to take place this summer

Our Big Gig will see over 200,000 people attend music events in communities across UK from 11 – 14 July. The campaign will see the whole country celebrate and enjoy music at more than 300 events that will showcase new and existing talent and increase participation in music making.

Katharine Lane, Delivery Director at Superact, said: "Superact have been overwhelmed by the amazing response we have had from communities wanting to get involved in our Big Gig this year. Our network of Regional Managers have been recruiting local volunteers for the past 6 weeks and have programmed a diverse range of musical activities up and down the country. Thanks to support from DCLG and Arts Council all events are free for local people to go along to and get involved with their local events and we really hope that people will be inspired to get involved in music making after attending an Our Big Gig event in July". 

Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings (the Friends) have organised Our Big Gig Open Mic Marathon at the Flax Mill Maltings in Shrewsbury on Friday 12th July 6 -10pm.

The event will be held in the Courtyard of Flaxmill Maltings, with the stunning backdrop of first iron framed building in the world!  It will be a musical extravaganza showcasing local musical talent and giving everyone the chance to participate in live music and workshops. The event will launch with performances from local schools and families are encouraged to come along and join in with the event and musical workshops.  Over 30 musicians will be taking part including folk bands, a Sax Trio and Ukulele group. We only have limited slots available and would love to have some school choirs or childrens music groups join us for the first hour of the event.

Richard Benjamin, Arts Co-ordinator for the Friends secured the funding and has organised the event. “We have run open mic sessions as part of our open weekends and musicians and visitors are always telling us it is an ideal music venue. Our Big Gig is a fantastic opportunity for us to test out the idea and for everyone to experience live music in such a unique location.”

The event will be outside so no hard hats are required, but we will have marquees in case the weather turns.  There will be a bar and BBQ so come along and join us for the evening.

Entry is free, but please register for a ticket at http://fmcabiggig.eventbrite.co.uk/ so we know how many to expect.

Find out more about Our Big Gig Open Mic Marathon and all the Friends activities by visiting www.flaxmill-maltings.co.uk.

The full list of Our Big Gigs across the UK can be found at www.ourbiggig.co.uk

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