Produced by The Specialized Project at Sandford Holliday Park, near Wareham, Dorset

The Big One Festival now in its 12th Year is a three-day Ska and Reggae Festival that takes place at the Sandford Holliday Park in November from 3rd-5th. This year’s festival feature some of the ska and reggae scenes biggest names including Dub Pistols, Potato 5, King Hammond & The Rudeboy Mafia, Bluekilla, The Skadalites, Captain Accident & The Disasters and much more. There are also sets by local Dorsets artsists including a special acoustic set by The Decatonics lead vocalist Sally Meaden and the colourful Subbzero with their flavours of jazz, ska & reggae… with a Caribbean twist!

The Big One Festival enjoys the reputation of being among the most respected events across the international ska and reggae scene. The event is produced by The Specialized Project, who we’re founded in 2011 to support and fund raise funds for various Charites including The Teenage Cancer Trust, Youth Music, Pivotal Homes and Tonic Music for Mental Health.

The Specialized Project began with a series of regional concerts cumulating in a three-day indoor festival at The Sandford Holiday Park. We now hope to cement our three-day event as a leading small music festival that supports international music from amateur to professional levels The event producers are Paul Williams and Paul Ayriss. Between them they have over 50 years’ experience of concert promotion.

The Specialized Project are developing an annual program of music events involving youth choirs and youth orchestras as well as supporting creativity that represents the diverse spectrum of the arts involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds. Their concerts feature amateur or semi-professional to established professional performers. Encouraging a range of creativity and innovation that promotes a vibrant arts community which ensures that young people are not left to be raised solely in a pop culture and tabloid marketplace.

Teenage Cancer Trust offers unique care and support, designed for and with young people. They fund specialised nurses, youth workers and hospital units in the NHS, so young people have dedicated staff and facilities to support them throughout treatment. Members of the Specialized Project team have lost children to cancer and understand first-hand the importance of the work done by the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Day Tickets for the event can be purchased here.


The Big One Festival