Over 1500 people attended the Big Gig on Friday July 23 to formally launch the Big Day Out Weekend. The Big Gig was organised in partnership by Gravesham Borough Council and Cohesion Plus. The focus this year was on showcasing primarily the young talent that exists in the borough. Performances on the night included Taboo who recently appeared in the semi finals of “Britain has got Talent”, Street dance group True Kaizen, local hip hop act Maximus who will be releasing his debut album soon and Saint George’s School who performed an African Fusion piece. The event was headlined by popular festival group The Bad Shepherds.

The Cohesion Plus commissioned performance saw young people from local youth groups performing alongside Cultural Beats and Kent Music. The piece was titled “Fusion Clash” and saw a combination of Indian percussion and wind and string instruments complimented by dancers. This particular project was funded via Arts Council England.

Gurvinder Sandher the Director of Cohesion Plus Kent said “I was really pleased with the diversity of the acts that we had on stage. There was a real positive energy around the event and I was of course proud of the performance of the young people in our commissioned piece as I am aware of the hard work that they and the artists involved had put in the build up”

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