What is Big Team?

Big Team’s goal is to try and open up opportunities for young people in the city who have traditionally been excluded from the festival industry, starting with our own company and events – with a long term goal to make our events more inclusive spaces by diversifying groups who create, contribute to and attend them.

We aim to open up the sector to young people (primarily aged 16 – 24) who would usually face social or economic barriers to access, and address issues of underrepresentation in the sector’s workforce and audiences.

Apply for Next Level

Are you a singer, rapper or MC ready to take it to the NEXT LEVEL?

NEXT LEVEL is an Artist Development scheme supporting singers, rappers and MC’s 18-25 years, based in Bristol.

Co-produced with BIG TEAM and Bristol Beacon, partnered with some of Bristol’s biggest names in music – Love Saves The Day, Pirate Studios, CRACK Magazine and SWU FM, supporting young talent in the city, to gain a-week long studio experience and the potential opportunity to perform LIVE at Love Saves The Day.

With only limited spaces, successful applicants will take part in a week of workshops at Pirate Studios with professional producers and vocalists including Sam Interface, N.Y.T.A, Fiyahdred, Eva Lazarus, Dread MC and Res One. During the studio sessions there will be the chance for artists to present demos, write new material, collaborate through co-writing and rehearse.

Artists in the process will get the chance to showcase in front of a live audience and industry panel at the Bristol Beacon – alongside a secret headliner and special guest.

This will be followed up by a workshop with CRACK Magazine to develop their music media understanding before doing guest appearances on radio slots broadcast live on air at SWU FM.

As if that wasn’t already enough, should artists have proven themselves to be ready to progress, they will be offered a performance slot at Love Saves The Day Festival 2022.

This project has been specially designed to help excel emerging artists’ creative development and connection to the music industry by placing them into professional environments which builds confidence and enhances their writing, recording, performance and promotional skills.

If you think this could be you, apply now via this link.

Deadline March 28th 2022 at 5pm GMT.

We encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in our workforce; including working class people, people of colour, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender and disabled people (as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

If you’re ready to apply and have any questions, please email [email protected] or let us know if you need to apply using an alternative format by calling 0117 9411 611′

Applicants must be available from 19th-23rd April 2022

Application Form

The Big Team Story

We established Big Team CIC in March 2019 to a large extent as a response to a growing realisation of the inherent but unintentional “exclusivity” of both our company and the industry as a whole. The networks developed by us and other like minded companies within our “progressive” field have ended up being as difficult to penetrate as more traditional industries commonly viewed as elitist.

Whilst aware that tackling the wider systemic issues is beyond our reach, after reflection we felt that, actually, we could do something at a hyper localised level to start to address our own lack of representation, to offer some actual entry points into both our company and others within our network and have some small but tangible results and Big Team was founded to deliver projects for positive social change.

Big Team Projects

The Summer Placement Scheme – Big Team’s Summer Placement Scheme facilitates young people to gain paid experience within the music festival sector. A range of companies involved in different areas of festival production are supported to host placements and by doing so benefit from a broadening of their team to include new, dynamic members. The young people gain direct industry experience whilst widening their networks.

St Paul’s Adventure Playground Fundraiser – Big Team worked with The Adventure Playground, ACE and Team Love to develop a project aimed at celebrating the city’s music scene whilst raising vital funds for the playground and giving young people valuable work experience. In September 2019 over 1000 people attended an all-day event at the Playground and over £18,000 was raised.


  • Babbasa
  • ACE
  • Bristol Festivals
  • St Paul’s Carnival
  • St Paul’s Adventure Playground
  • Plaster
  • Bristol 24/7

Get in Contact

Big Team is all about working together. If you would like to get involved, collaborate or just find out more about what we do then get in touch. Email: [email protected]

We at Big Team gratefully acknowledge support from:

PRS Foundation