20 cringey Cardiff Big Weekend pictures that'll remind you what we were partying to in the 1990s

By David Prince

Remember way back when Cardiff celebrated the summer with their annual Big Weekend and fun fair, over at Cathays Park?

Billed as the UK’s biggest free outdoor music festival. It offered three days of music and entertainment and saw big names like the Spice Girls, Gary Barlow, Stereophonics and Super Furry Animals appear, as well as classic 90s chart-bothers like 911, Billie Piper, A1 and B*Witched.

Today, we look back at some of the rides and stars who have graced the stage from 1996 to 2000 and the public didn’t have to pay to be entertained.

Back in 1996, the Big Weekend had a star studded line-up for Cardiff Summer Festival’s then tenth birthday celebrations.

The Friday saw Leighton Jones, along with Flow Motion, Pocket Devils and Dog.

Special guests Super Furry Animals headlined the Saturday night as part of the three days of free music.

Also on the Saturday were The Spice Girls, Pato Banton, 4 Man Do and Upside Down.

In 1997, the festival grew and saw Stereophonics headline the Friday, along with Dreadzone and Omar on the Saturday and Sunday respectively.

That year also saw performances from Rachel Stamp, Tony Hadley and Sam Brown.

However in 1998 and as part of the Saturday’s Red Dragon’s Party in the Park roadshow. The stage was graced with Billie Piper and B*Witched and loads more.

Leo Sayer hitting the stage on the Sunday and indie band Gene also performed.

Again in 1999, the Red Dragon’s Party in the Park saw Mega, Trippa, Point Break, Thunderbugs, 21st Century Girls, Honeyz, A1, Adam Rickett, Damage, Westlife, Hepburn, 911 and Gary Barlow play for more than 50,000 revellers.

The next year and first of the new millennium saw even more boybands and pop acts entertain the masses.

These included Lolly, Lucy Skye, Martay, Tom Cat, Spin City and The Dum Dums.

International reggae stars Aswad closed the festivities on Sunday.

And it wasn't just music that made people party, there was a colourful funfair each year.

If you spot yourself in the crowd let us know what you thought of the festival in the comment section below.


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