A BIG THANK YOU!!

The Westfest committee would like to thank everyone involved in this year's event for making it such a memorable and fabulous occasion. In particular the financial sponsors, the tombola sponsor, the vendors and stallholders, the carnival, the charities, the bar, the setup crew, the bands, the DJ's and the sound crew.

Ged Gourlay, Westfest Chairman would also like to thank all the volunteers who played a vital part in the running of Big Sunday. Their hard work is always greatly appreciated.

Thanks go to the Multi Agencies on the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) who guide Westfest in making sure the event is run correctly and ensuring that all aspects of health and safety are covered.

But, Ged adds, the biggest thanks go to the Westfest Committee for their commitment and dedication to bringing this event together. Throughout the year they work hard to ensure everything is in place and they take into account all the aspects required to make sure the people attending Big Sunday have a great time. Their individual input forms a formidable team which yet again produced a Big Sunday to remember where 13,896 people enjoyed themselves immensely.

If you fancy joining this group of volunteers we are always looking to build our committee and bring in fresh ideas, so please get in touch through our website or Facebook page.

SEE YOU IN 2019

A message from the committee

Big Sunday is one of Scotland’s most successful free events which has grown into a "must attend" date in many family diaries.

It is run completely by local volunteers who give up their spare time to work throughout the year to bring the people of Dundee an event which only last six hours, but what a six hours it is. There’s music, food, bars, charity stalls and a variety of activities for the younger members of the family.

To achieve this the volunteer committee attend monthly meetings to work their way through the many aspects of bureaucracy and negotiate deals that many businesses would be proud of.

Running an event like WestFest is not cheap and while there is money coming from the vendors and stall holders who attend on the day this falls far short of covering the total cost of the event. So to help fund the event, the committee volunteers use their networks to tap into many sources of funding which goes towards paying for the ambulance, first aid, security, fencing, generators, stage hire, signage, transport, gazebos, sound system, toilets and providing free activities for children. These are the bigger aspects that need to be covered but there are many smaller things which also need to be funded.

This hard work and effort from the committee has allowed Big Sunday to run smoothly for the past eight years, bringing fun and enjoyment to the crowd which comes from all over Dundee and beyond. We are always looking for new committee members and we recognise that fresh blood can bring exciting new ideas to the event so if you feel this is something you would like to be involved in please get in touch. You don't need to be skilled in organising events to join the committee, getting involved will allow you to develop your skills as we plan the event throughout the year.

LIVE MUSIC LINE UP

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Bombskare

Winners of the BBC 4 Britain’s Best Part-Time Band, 2016.…

Coconut Groove

Dundee based covers band, superb musicians and perfect for all…

The Mnemonics

A young melodic indie band of four multi-instrumentalists from the…

Dundee Schools Rock Band

Now the traditional Westfest openers, great entertainment from up to…

BOTB Winners

Battle Of The Bands Winner To Be Announced

Buffalo Soldiers

Fabulous crowd pleasers Buffalo Soldiers make a welcome return to…

Make it a great Big-Sunday!

Things to consider to make a it a great day at Westfest

  • Free Entry, but please dig deep and donate to ensure that next years Big Sunday goes ahead
  • There is no organised parking, park legally, residents and emergency vehicles need access
  • Don't leave litter, bin it or take it home! There are plenty of bins around the park.
  • Think positively Sunny and remember the sun screen and bring “Sunny Dundee” glasses
  • Dundee by-laws prohibit alcohol drinking in open areas – only alcohol purchased at the bar will be permitted in and around Magdalen Green.
  • 100% bag searching by security on entry
  • Don’t bring Gazebos (windbreakers and small tents are ok)
  • Encourage the entertainment, participate in what’s happening {sing and dance, its free}
  • Don’t bring flammable goods to the festival we want to reduce accidents (i.e. BBQ’s)
  • Festival site - Identify where the Information Tent - First Aid and the Lost/Found
  • If you want to volunteer with Westfest in the future checkout the Website and Facebook
  • Police Scotland Volunteers will be supplying wrist bands to children with their contact details on it, find them around the information tent.
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome at BIG Sunday, we would ask that they are kept on a lead and any fouling is addressed appropriately.

And most of all have a Great day!!

TRAVEL INFO

for Big Sunday

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN

Dundee Westfest would like to publicise the fact that normal parking restrictions will be in place on June 3rd and will NO provision of extra parking around the area of Magdalen Yard Road. Traffic cones will be laid out on the south side of Magdalen Yard Road and Stewards will monitor the roadside to advise drivers of parking restrictions.

An extra bus service from the town Centre to Sinderins will be provided by Xplore Dundee, offering a 5 for £6 deal.  This will be advertised on social media. We will encourage people, through social media, to use public transport, to walk and to park legally.

Local Taxi firms have been informed of Big Sunday and will make drivers aware of the event and direct cars to the area when required.

A section of Magdalen yard Road is to be made “One Way” to reduce the traffic congestion in the area. This was a recommendation from Police Scotland and has been approved by Dundee City Council under the Road (Scotland) Act 1984 – Section 62. Signage for this is to be erected early on Sunday 3rd June to redirect traffic.

BAR INFO

About 3 Session Street

Around 2 years ago, now owner/operators Chris Symonds & Dan Caddell sat chatting about the Dundee bar scene was shaping up to become and what they would do if they owned their own place. A little time passed they decided it was time to put their thoughts into practice and look to open a late night cocktail venue in the heart of the city. Chris's background was cocktail bars and management and Dan had worked alongside him for many of those. It was decided that Dan would set off on arguably the best cocktail bar tour in the world whilst Chris looked at concept and venue options. During Dan's travels to USA, Canada, Japan, and Australia he found a love for what is now our style of drinks.

 

On arrival home to Scotland, they discovered "toffs piano bar" down on Session Street and decided this would be the best venue for them to open a late night cocktail lounge.

 

Serving until 2 am every night Tuesday to Sunday they have now been open for just short of a month and aim to launch the kitchen within 8 weeks serving food until the wee hours and host live music night set in mid-century modern surroundings.

To view the current cocktail menu - www.3sessionstreet.co.uk/drinkslist 

2018 Tombola Prizes

This year there is over 100 prizes in the Tombola
and the total value of the prizes is worth over £1250.

Special thanks to:-

The committee would like to extend special thanks to those private individuals who have generously donated to Westfest this year.
Thanks also goes to

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