Big Jeff’s family give update on legendary gig-goer after kitchen fire

Music lover and artist Big Jeff Johns suffered severe burns after fire in Totterdown home

Bristol’s Big Jeff Johns is expected to remain in hospital for several months following an accidental fire incident, his family have said.

The well known gig-goer and artist suffered ‘severe burns’ after a fire broke out in his kitchen on June 6, and has been undergoing treatment at a specialist burn unit in Swansea Morriston Hospital.

Fans of the Milton Keynes-born music lover were shocked when news broke on Big Jeff Johns Art Twitter page last week. An update has been posted today on his condition via Instagram.

Prolific Bristol gig-goer Jeff Johns, also known as Big Jeff, said he remembered visiting the club night in his 20s back in the 2000s.

His family and art manager Lee Dodds said: “He is stable in intensive care, but still under heavy sedation and unconscious whilst a series of procedures and skin grafts are beginning.

“He is expected to remain in hospital for many months, and is unable to receive any visitors for the time being.”

Mr Johns estimated he had attended over 4,000 gigs in Bristol since his first gig at East 17 age 11, and is out seven nights a week, becoming a prolific profile in the Bristol music scene.

He is also well known for his artwork, with his first exhibition called ‘Welcome to my World’ gaining high commendations at the Bristol Life Awards in May.

Big Jeff’s family and close friends said: “[We] would like to thank everyone for the enormous outpouring of love and support, and also thank the hospital for such good care.

“The family asks that people still keep Jeff in their thoughts."

Friends have created a private Spotify playlist called ‘Play a record for Big Jeff’ to keep the music lover in their thoughts and prayers - people can suggest songs by tagging on social media.

For regular updates please follow the official social channels @bigjeffjohnsart and his website