Cardiff Big Weekend cancelled because of Olympic football

March 24, 2012 13 Comments »
Cardiff Big Weekend cancelled because of Olympic football

Cardiff Big Weekend has been cancelled this year because the city is hosting Olympic football the same weekend.

Cardiff council confirmed yesterday that the Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend, which is usually held the second weekend in August as part of Cardiff Festival, will be “rested” this summer because Olympic football is taking place at the Millennium Stadium on August 9 and 10.

The Big Weekend is normally held over three days at the Civic Centre and draws thousands of people into the city centre. Headliners in previous years have included The Feeling, The Zutons, Feeder and Athlete.

But the council said 2012 would be an “unprecedented” year for Cardiff, with the city playing host to Olympic football matches in July and August, and celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. As a result, said a spokeswoman, changes have been made to this year’s Cardiff Festival.

A council spokeswoman said the Olympic Games would bring “many extra and exciting events” to the city.

The authority said these included a special concert for 16,000 people, featuring unannounced “top musical acts” which will be held in Coopers Field on May 25 as part of celebrations welcoming the Olympic Torch Relay to Cardiff.

The council added the 2012 Cardiff Festival will be the “biggest and best festival to date”, with 25 events between May and September including the well-established Cardiff Food and Drink Festival.

Cardiff Harbour Festival will also go ahead between August 31 and September and will include the Extreme Sailing Series. Cardiff won the bid to host the UK event of the global sailing circuit.

The Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend attracts thousand to the city centre each year

A spokeswoman for Admiral, who sponsor the Cardiff Big Weekend, said: “The Olympics are a once in a lifetime opportunity for Cardiff and Admiral supports everything the council is doing to make it an unforgettable event for the City.”

Motorpoint Arena also seems to be on hiatus for over a month around the Olympic events, where it usually hosts two or three events every week.
A number of big name acts are due to play at the venue, including JLS, Example, and LostProphets, but there is nothing publicly scheduled at the Arena between the July 10th, when Blink 182 are set to perform, and August 22nd, when Michael McIntyre will kick off his tour of the UK.

The Olympic football events are due to take place at the Millennium Stadium between July 25th and August 10th, right in the middle of the gap in the Motorpoint Arena’s listings.

But Cardiff’s executive member for leisure, culture, and sport, Nigel Howell, emphasised the legacy of the games, saying the Olympics will focus world-wide attention on Wales: “The Olympics is big news for Cardiff, the first of the games will actually be held at the Millennium Stadium, before the opening ceremony. The spotlight of the world will be on us.

“We’re hosting Team GB events, we have the Olympic Torch overnight, and we have paralympic events. It’s very exciting. We’ve also done very well in attracting teams to stay in Wales.”

Derek Harvey, general manager at The Marriot, Cardiff, said: “[The Olympics] is good news for us at a time when Cardiff can be quiet. One benefit is that there will be a three week period with a number of games, and there is another benefit of media interest in Cardiff.

“Hotels are generally quieter in July and August, this will give us a boost. The Olympics will more than cover any lack of music. Take That were only here for two days, the Olympics will last for much longer.”

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  1. Twm March 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    So one of the best events in Cardiff is being cancelled for an event nobody wants (or has any interest in – I understand the ticket 'sales' for Olympic football back me up on this).
    The Big Weekend is probably the only thing the council can take any pride in and they've thrown it away for what? International exposure? I would challenge Nigel Howells to attend a football match (at any level) and find five people in the crowd who could tell him which Chinese, Greek or Australian cities hosted Olympic football games.

  2. reallynearlythere March 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Wow! 'We have the olympic torch overnight'. I don't think I will be able to contain my excitement…….

  3. Ash March 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Totally gutted. The Big Weekend is the highlight of the year.

  4. Esmerelda May 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    There is the Big Cheese up the road in Caerphilly. Or the weekend before the music festival at Bristol Harbour. Live a little.

  5. james May 27, 2012 at 1:35 am - Reply

    same here makes my year like

  6. LEO May 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    omg it is Cancelled what the hell i live going ther :(

  7. charlie June 5, 2012 at 1:26 am - Reply

    totally gutted! i have no clue why this artical states that the big weekend takes place during the second week of august as i believe last year and previous years its taken place on the first weekend of august? either way why cant the council move the big weekend to the 1st weekend or the 3rd weekend of august and get the best of both worlds. its been a tradition of mine to go each year. i would prefer not to see it destroyed for a lousy game of football.

  8. louise July 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    we were really looking forward to the big weekend this year….guess we'll be putting that on hold for the all important money wasting olympics!

  9. Lesley July 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    No one wants the Olympic Football here.. What do the Big Weekend sponsors think about it being cancelled.??!!

  10. Jay July 23, 2012 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I've been looking forward to the big weekend for months and now that it's been canceled for an Olympic reason has sickened me, to many major events are being canceled for the Olympics and I for one do not care at all for a football match.

  11. Lucas Howell July 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I'm dissapointed that the Big Weekend has been cancelled, but all the same excited to be going to the Olympic football in Cardiff.
    This isn't a time issue, it's surely funding. The Olympics will have cost the Council a bucket. Putting on the Big Weekend will surely break the bank?!

  12. karen gardiner August 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    cancelled??? didnt know they played football round where the big weekend is!!! not fair some people look forward to this ME included

  13. Stuart Bolter August 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Yet again the labour led council got it wrong, the Olympics did nothing for cardiff, if anything made people think twice about comming to the city. The big weekend was one of the only festivals that brought people from every sector of the cardiff multicultural community we done labour you ignoramus parts

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