- Radio 1's Big Weekend
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend Location(s) United Kingdom (touring) Years active 2003 - present Founded by BBC Radio 1 Date(s) Varies Genre Popular 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 But since 2005, the dance day has been replaced by a second day of bands.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 and in 2006 it took place off site at a club on the Saturday night.
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.
Venue Date Website Heaton Park, Manchester, England 3–4 May 2003 bbc.co.uk/radio1/onebigweekend/2003/manchester Cardiff, Wales 13–14 September 2003 bbc.co.uk/radio1/onebigweekend/2003/cardiff Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland 24–25 April 2004 bbc.co.uk/radio1/onebigweekend/2004 Perry Park, Birmingham, England 18–19 September 2004 bbc.co.uk/radio1/onebigweekend/birmingham Herrington Country Park, Sunderland, England 7–8 May 2005 bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend05/ Camperdown Park, Dundee, Scotland 13–14 May 2006 bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend06 Moor Park, Preston, Lancashire, England 19–20 May 2007 bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend/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, and allegations were made of postal workers stealing tickets. 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 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.
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
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 Target Cameo Westwood
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 Dev 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
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 Lostprophets Joe McElderry Florence and the Machine Example Biffy Clyro Taio Cruz Kate Nash
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. 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. 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.
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 MistaJam Wiley 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. 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.
- On the main stage on 10 May 2008, Paul Schrader, Chris Carmack and Rachel McAdams appeared whilst doing promotional work for Tarzan.
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. 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.
The line up was as follows:
Saturday 19 May
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
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 Mylo
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 Keane 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. 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.
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 Rooster
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 Lemar
- ^ BBC - Radio 1 - Radio 1's Big Weekend
- ^ BBC - Radio 1's Big Weekend 2006 - Dance Party
- ^ a b http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/events/hackneyweekend2012
- ^ BBC - Radio 1 - One Big Weekend
- ^ http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2006/05/11/newsstory8325400t0.asp
- ^ http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2006/05/11/newsstory8325423t0.asp
- ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend/2011/faqs/
- ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend/2011/lineup/
- ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend/2010/lineup/
- ^ Big Weekend venue announced
- ^ BBC - Radio 1's Big Weekend - Tickets - FAQs
- ^ Kent Online
- ^ Unofficial Mills | Radio 1's Big Weekend 2008 Line-Up
- ^ Unofficial Mills | Justin to join Madonna at the Big Weekend?
- ^ Skiddle|Pendulum outshine Madonna
- ^ BBC - Radio 1's Big Weekend - Tickets FAQs
- ^ Unofficial Mills | Frozen Indigo Angel?
- ^ BBC - Radio 1's Big Weekend - Artists
- ^ BBC - Radio 1's Big Weekend - Artists
- ^ a b "BBC starts to rock online world". BBC News. 12 May 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4766755.stm. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
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