Newport Now BID brings the Big Splash Busk to the city centre


Newport Now BID is bringing a giant busking festival to the city centre on July 20.

The Big Splash Busk is part of the city's annual two-day street theatre festival the Big Splash, organised by Newport Live. The busking festival will be curated by BID member Le Pub in partnership with Horizons/Gorwelion and Forté Project.

From family discos to ukulele bands to singer-songwriters, Commercial Street is where the party will be at on July 20 from noon to5pm. The bottom of Charles Street will be taken over by a truck-based disco, which is guaranteed to get the party started and get you dancing. Other acts not to be missed include Jon Francis Lloyd, Natty Paynter, Francesca’s World Salad, Jack Perrett, Ginger Mouche and the Le Pub Ukelele Band.

The party continues for grown-ups into the evening as Le Pub presents ‘Big Splash After Hours,’ headlined by Newport’s own The Nightmares, and featuring Chroma, Rosehip Teahouse and Codewalkers.

Kevin Ward, Manager of Newport Now BID, said: "This is the third year of the Newport Now Zone, which is aimed at ensuring the Big Splash increases footfall in the traditional areas of the city centre. We work closely with Newport Live to produce something different every year and we’re really excited to be funding the busking festival this year. Le Pub is one of more than 400 BID members in the city centre and it’s great to have Sam and her team on board to curate what we are sure will be a fantastic day of music."

Sam Dabb, Venue Manager at Le Pub, said: "We are absolutely delighted we have been chosen to curate a whole day and night of music for Big Splash. We’ve handpicked every artist and we can’t wait to share them with the people of Newport. We’ve worked closely with Forté Project and The Gorwellian Horizons Project on this and are very excited to showcase their amazing work and artists."

To find out more about Big Splash 2019, visit You can also stay updated with the festival on social media, Twitter @BigSplashFest and Facebook, where the first act announcements will be made very soon.