Radio 1's Big Weekend

Radio 1's Big Weekend
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
Radio 1 Big Weekend 2011.gif
Location(s) United Kingdom (touring)
Years active 2003 - present
Founded by BBC Radio 1
Date(s) Varies
Genre Popular Music
Rock Music

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend (previously known as One Big Weekend, and for 2012 as Radio 1's Hackney Weekend) is a music festival run by BBC Radio 1. It is held once a year, in a different location within the United Kingdom each time. It is the biggest free ticketed music event in Europe and always includes a host of new artists.

The festival is a spin-off of Radio 1's 'One Big Sunday', where every Sunday during July and August, a different town would host the roadshow, usually next to a beach or in a large park. These were also free, but non-ticketed. A show in Falkirk in 1999 attracted in excess of 500,000 people, ten times the expected amount. People eventually had to be turned away.

Both the 'One Big Sunday' and 'One Big Weekend' events are successors to the Radio 1 Roadshow which toured the country during every summer from 1973 until the 1990s.

Originally a 'One Big Weekend' would run twice a year. The Saturday was dedicated to dance music and the Sunday to bands. But since 2005, the dance day has been replaced by a second day of bands. In 2005, the dance music took place on a second stage on the Saturday only[1] and in 2006 it took place off site at a club on the Saturday night.[2]

The Big Weekend will be replaced by a larger festival in 2012, named 'Radio 1's Hackney Weekend', with a crowd capacity of 100,000. The event is to take place over the weekend of 23–24 June 2012 in Hackney, Central London.[3]



Venue Date Website
Heaton Park, Manchester, England 3–4 May 2003[4]
Cardiff, Wales 13–14 September 2003
Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland 24–25 April 2004
Perry Park, Birmingham, England 18–19 September 2004
Herrington Country Park, Sunderland, England 7–8 May 2005
Camperdown Park, Dundee, Scotland 13–14 May 2006
Moor Park, Preston, Lancashire, England 19–20 May 2007
Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, England 10–11 May 2008

Lydiard Park, Swindon, Wiltshire, England 9–10 May 2009

Faenol Estate, Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales 22–23 May 2010

Carlisle Airport, Carlisle, Cumbria, England 14–15 May 2011

Hackney Marshes, Hackney, London, England 23–24 June 2012


Tickets are free and are obtained through a lottery. From 2006, people wishing to go, register on the BBC website and pairs of tickets are then randomly allocated and given out. However, in order to make the event more accessible to those who live locally, the majority (95%) of the tickets are given to people who live near the location. For the 2006 event in Dundee, less than half were given to local residents,[5] and allegations were made of postal workers stealing tickets.[6] Despite the tickets being free, some people often attempt to sell them on eBay. Some tickets are also given away as prizes via various competitions held on Radio 1 in the weeks running up to the event.


The 2012 Big Weekend will be replaced by a special event in Hackney to coincide with the 2012 Olympics.[3] Leona Lewis and Plan B have already been confirmed for the festival.


The announcement of Radio 1's Big Weekend was declared on Radio 1 with Scott Mills on 30 March 2011, with the show being broadcast from a local Carlisle school. Over 750,000 people applied for tickets to the event.[7]

20,000 pairs of tickets were available for the two day event with the usual fair allocation policy applying. It was announced those living in Carlisle, Cumbria, the Scottish Borders and the North East of England would receive priority.

However, competitions to win VIP tickets were run on various Radio 1 shows in the weeks leading up to the Big Weekend.


Saturday 14 May[8]

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage BBC Introducing Stage Outdoor Stage
Foo Fighters Swedish House Mafia Friends Electric Zane Lowe
The Black Eyed Peas Friendly Fires Aaron Delahunty Jaymo and Andy George
Tinie Tempah Nero Rizzle Kicks Judge Jules
Chase & Status Panic! at the Disco Yaaks Pete Tong
Nicole Scherzinger Everything Everything Luke Bingham Riva Starr
Plan B Cage The Elephant Fiona Clayton Pete Tong vs Vernon Kay
Ellie Goulding The Joy Formidable Saturday Night Gym Club Rob da Bank
Jessie J Wretch 32 Baron Van Alias MistaJam
Arctic Monkeys Birds vs Planes Annie Mac vs. Grimmy

Sunday 15 May

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage BBC Introducing Stage Outdoor Stage
Lady Gaga The Strokes MOPP Skream and Benga
My Chemical Romance Magnetic Man MyElectrik Annie Mac
Taio Cruz Noah & The Whale Masters in France Toddla T
The Script Devlin DJ Vimto Vs Jah Digga Fabio and Grooverider
Katy B Two Door Cinema Club Linc Kutski
Professor Green The Vaccines Polarsets Kissy Sell Out
Olly Murs Yasmin Among Brothers Calvin Harris
The Wombats Pulled Apart By Horses Let's Buy Happiness Westwood vs. Moyles
Bruno Mars Colt 45 Jaguar Skills
Zane vs. Fearne
DJ Semtex
Westwood (plus Wiz Khalifa PA)

TV & radio coverage

Radio 1's Big Weekend 2011 was streamed live on the Radio 1 website. The headliners of each day (Foo Fighters and Lady Gaga on Saturday and Sunday respectively) were broadcast live on BBC Three and BBC HD. The Big Weekend was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 1. Highlights of the event were also broadcast on BBC Three and BBC HD during the week following the Big Weekend.


On 24 February 2010, it was announced on The Chris Moyles Show that the 10th Big Weekend would take place on the Faenol Estate near Bangor, Wales on Saturday, 22 May and Sunday, 23 May 2010. Pixie Lott also performed on the show and was announced as the first act on the bill and Lostprophets was announced while they were on tour. Jaguar Skills announced on his website that he would be playing at the event, but he was not on the announced line-up listing. On the morning of 26 April 2010, the full main stage and INMWT stage listings were announced during the Fearne Cotton Show (which was hosted by Annie Mac, as Cotton was on vacation).

20,000 pairs of free tickets were made available to the public for each day of the weekend. Applicants were able to register for tickets to the event on the Radio 1 website from 26 April 2010 until 3 May 2010.


Saturday 22 May[9]

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage BBC Introducing Stage Outdoor Stage
Florence & The Machine Faithless Frankie & The Heartstrings Westwood + Kelly Rowland
Dizzee Rascal MGMT The Joy Formidable Target & Cameo + Roll Deep
Alicia Keys Ellie Goulding What Would Jesus Drive? Ras & Seani B + Chiddy Bang & Skepta
Lostprophets Tinie Tempah Menis MistaJam + Professor Green, Blame & Wiley
Cheryl Cole Bombay Bicycle Club I Am Austin Pete Tong vs Vernon Kay
Chipmunk Hadouken! The Wonder Villains Faithless DJs
30 Seconds To Mars Stornoway Alan Pownall Zane Lowe
Justin Bieber Example Y Promatics Rob da Bank
Scouting For Girls Pegasus Bridge Toddla T & Alex Metric
Annie Mac

Sunday 23 May

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage BBC Introducing Stage Outdoor Stage
Pendulum Vampire Weekend Beatbullyz Westwood + Scorcher
Rihanna You Me At Six Envy Semtex & Robbo Ranx
Biffy Clyro Sub Focus Tempa T Bailey & Fabio
Ke$ha Plan B UTE Rampage & MistaJam + Devlin & McLean
JLS Marina & The Diamonds My Tiger My Timing Chris Moyles vs Westwood
Paramore Crystal Castles Pete Lawrie Tiesto
Jason Derulo Kids In Glass Houses We Are Animal Judge Jules
Paolo Nutini Delphic Django Django Jaymo & Andy George
Pixie Lott Yr Ods Kissy
Huw Stephens

Live Lounge Tent

Diana Vickers
Ellie Goulding
Joe McElderry
Florence and the Machine
Biffy Clyro
Taio Cruz
Kate Nash


The 2009 event was held in Swindon. Britney Spears had been approached about playing at the show in May, reported The Sun, but was not confirmed.[citation needed]


Saturday 9 May

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage Outdoor Stage
Snow Patrol Basement Jaxx Annie Mac
Kasabian Jack Peñate Nerm and D-Code
Dizzee Rascal Doves Kutski
The Script Friendly Fires Pete Tong vs Vernon Kay
Calvin Harris Deadmau5 2ManyDJs
Chris Moyles Florence and the Machine Zane Lowe
The Wombats The King Blues Rob da Bank
Daniel Merriweather Fightstar Tim Westwood
The Saturdays

Sunday 10 May

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage Outdoor Stage
The Prodigy The Enemy Judge Jules
Lily Allen Maxïmo Park Jaymo and Andy George
Ne-Yo Gossip Kissy Sell Out
Franz Ferdinand Enter Shikari Chase & Status (DJ set)
Akon Tinchy Stryder David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland
Scouting for Girls Chase & Status Chris Moyles vs Tim Westwood
Alesha Dixon Ladyhawke Fabio & Grooverider
N-Dubz White Lies 1Xtra - MistaJam featuring Wiley, Skepta, Bashy, Chipmunk and Doneao
Little Man Tate Trevor Nelson and Jaguar Skills


In 2008, the festival was held over the weekend of Saturday 10 May and Sunday 11 May, at Mote Park in Maidstone, which can hold up to 20,000 people.[10] 85% of tickets went to people living in Kent, 10% went to those living in areas bordering Kent, including parts of Sussex, Surrey, Essex and London, and the other 5% were handed to others living across the United Kingdom.[11] Concern was raised after a large number of locals commented that even those living within the close vicinity of the park did not receive tickets, with some in the Medway towns winning multiple times.[12]


The full line-up (except for Paramore) was announced on BBC Radio 1 on Monday 21 April 2008.[13]

Saturday 10 May

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage Outdoor Stage BBC Introducing Stage
Madonna Editors Fatboy Slim White Lies
Usher The Futureheads Chris Moyles vs Judge Jules James Yuill
The Fratellis We Are Scientists Zane Lowe vs Scott Mills Magistrates
Scouting For Girls Foals Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso AG Dolla
Duffy Vampire Weekend Count & Sinden Fighting With Wire
The Feeling Paramore Dave Spoon Natty
Robyn The Ting Tings Annie Mac It Hugs Back
The Hoosiers Nic Fanciulli Folk Face
Eddie Halliwell Jaguar Skills
Kissy Sell Out

Sunday 11 May

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage Outdoor Stage BBC Introducing Stage
The Kooks The Raconteurs Zane Lowe Golden Silvers
The Enemy The Zutons Pendulum (DJ Set) Twisted Wheel
Nelly (ft. Kelly Rowland) The Wombats Justice (DJ Set) Ebony Bones
Goldfrapp Hot Chip Vernon Kay vs Pete Tong Outl4w
The Pigeon Detectives Gallows Dave Pearce Chipmunk
Newton Faulkner Pendulum Basshunter Kate Goes
OneRepublic Justice Rob Da Bank Tom Williams & The Boat
Adele Black Kids Kutski Wing
H "Two" O ft. Platnum
Jodie Aysha
Cameo vs DJ Q

The national newspapers had also reported that Justin Timberlake could be a special guest - performing with Madonna.[14] Although this later turned out to be untrue. Pendulum were hailed as one of the festivals' best acts, outshining even Madonna and packing the INMWT tent.[15]


On Saturday 19 May and Sunday 20 May, Radio 1's Big Weekend was held in Moor Park in Preston.

For the first time in the history of the event, all tickets had barcodes and were scanned on arrival at the park. The barcodes contained information such as name and address of the winner of the tickets. Having the barcodes meant that Radio 1 could cancel lost or stolen tickets and issue new ones to those affected. In an effort to stop people buying tickets from eBay or through other mediums, the public was told they would be asked to prove their home address if their tickets were thought to be suspect.[16] However, the BBC decided to scrap this idea on the day as they thought it would cause angry scenes if people were to be turned away.

At the close of entry on 8 May 2007, over 450,000 people registered for a chance to get tickets for the 2007 festival. On Tuesday 8 May on The Chris Moyles Show, Chris announced that a further 5,000 tickets will be available taking the total for both days being 35,000.

Tickets were also given away in a alternate reality game online using Radio 1 fan forums. The situation surrounded a man called Paul Denchfield who was supposedly sacked from the station. Throughout the run up to the event 'Frozen Indigo Angel' would appear in various places online and on-air, with it being the player's mission to hunt down tickets.[17]

The line up was as follows:


Saturday 19 May[18]

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage Outdoor Arena
Scissor Sisters Groove Armada Westwood
Razorlight Gossip MistaJam
Kasabian LCD Soundsystem Seamus Haji
The Fratellis CSS Meck
The Fray Biffy Clyro Groove Armada (DJ Set)
Natasha Bedingfield Cold War Kids Judge Jules
The Twang The Pigeon Detectives Tim Deluxe vs The Audio Bullys
Jamie T Simian Mobile Disco
Annie Mac

Sunday 20 May[19]

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage Outdoor Arena
Kaiser Chiefs Bloc Party Bobby & Nihal
Stereophonics Maxïmo Park Rob Da Bank
Mika Klaxons Zane Lowe & Mark Ronson
The View Dizzee Rascal Klaxons (DJ Set)
Rihanna Get Cape Wear Cape Fly Pete Tong & Vernon Kay
Mark Ronson The Enemy David Guetta
Just Jack CSS Trophy Twins
Calvin Harris M.I.A Fergie
Tylor Leigh
Dave Pearce


In 2006, the Big Weekend was held in Camperdown Park, Dundee on the 13 and 14 May 2006 and featured artists which included:


Saturday 13 May

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage
Paolo Nutini The Fratellis
Corinne Bailey Rae Mystery Jets
Gnarls Barkley Boy Kill Boy
Orson Dirty Pretty Things
Razorlight Bloc Party
Muse Primal Scream
The Streets
Snow Patrol

Sunday 14 May

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage
The Feeling The View
The Ordinary Boys Hot Chip
Sugababes We Are Scientists
Feeder Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Editors The Kooks
Pink The Zutons
Franz Ferdinand (Surprise Guests)

Many of the BBC Radio 1 DJ's including Pete Tong, Tim Westwood and Chris Moyles attended too, and held a number of competitions so that people could win tickets. In addition, Radio 1 also created a virtual festival experience in the virtual reality application Second Life.[20] Avatars on the BBC Radio 1 islands could watch the event on live screens while the audience could see their virtual counterparts on massive stage side screens at the real event in Dundee. The event was hailed as the first ever festival with a professional line-up to take place in a virtual universe.[20]


In 2005, the Big Weekend was held at Penshaw Monument in Herrington Country Park, Sunderland on the 7 and 8 May 2005 and featured artists which included:


Saturday 7 May

Main Stage Second Stage
Foo Fighters Mauro Picotto
Kasabian Pete Tong
Natalie Imbruglia Judge Jules
Chemical Brothers Fergie
Battle Shapeshifters
KT Tunstall

Sunday 8 May

Main Stage Second Stage
The Black Eyed Peas The Futureheads
Gwen Stefani Maximo Park
Kaiser Chiefs Interpol
Feeder The Magic Numbers
Basement Jaxx The Subways
Jamiroquai Do Me Bad Things
The Bravery


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