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BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
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Genre Pop, rock, dance, grime, hip hop, R&B
Dates Varies
Location(s) United Kingdom (touring)
Years active 2003–present
Founded by BBC Radio 1

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.

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 But since 2005, the dance day has been replaced by a second day of bands.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 'Saturday' of dance music was effectively reinstated for the 2013 event in Northern Ireland, but with the day of dance being held on the Friday of the weekend.

The Big Weekend was replaced by a larger festival in 2012, named 'Radio 1's Hackney Weekend', with a crowd capacity of 50,000. The event took place over the weekend of 23–24 June 2012 in Hackney, East London.[3]

In 2013 the Big Weekend was, for the first time, a three-day event, and it was held in Derry, Northern Ireland. It was the first time that the Big Weekend had been held in the same city for a second time - having previously visited the city in April 2004.

The 2015 Big Weekend location was revealed to be Norwich on Nick Grimshaw's Breakfast show on 23 January 2015. The event took place on 23 and 24 May 2015.[4]

The 2016 Big Weekend location is Powderham Castle, Kenton near Exeter on 28 and 29 May.


Venue Date Website
Heaton Park, Manchester, England (Cancelled due to adverse weather) 3–4 May 2003[5]
Cardiff, Wales 13–14 September 2003
Prehen, 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
Ebrington Square, Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland 24–26 May 2013
George Square and Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland 23–25 May 2014
Earlham Park, Norwich, England 23–24 May 2015

Powderham Castle, Exeter, England 28–29 May 2016


Tickets to the festival are, notably, free (except the small booking fee which was introduced from the 2012 event onwards) but are usually now restricted to one pair per person. Prior to 2006, a ticket booth would be set up in an easy location in the centre of the hosting city, and anybody who wished to obtain a pair of tickets would queue up, before a Radio 1 DJ gave them out (pairs of tickets for the Saturday given away on a Saturday and on the following day for the Sunday), on a first-come first-served basis. The theory there was that the majority of tickets would go to local residents, as people from further away would not make the journey. However, as more and more 'non-local' residents came to the giveaways, and the capacity at the events grew year-on-year, it was decided that a different system was needed. From 2006, therefore, pairs of tickets have been given away through an online lottery. People wishing to attend register on the BBC Radio 1 website and pairs of tickets are then randomly allocated and given out. In order to make sure that those who live locally get the majority of tickets, the applications are split into categories of 'local postcodes' and 'other postcodes' and the majority of the tickets (usually 95%) are reserved for the former.

Despite the tickets being free, some people often attempt to sell them on eBay, and in recent years this has meant that various security measures have been introduced, most notably the barcodes on tickets which are scanned at the gate, the rule that the person whose name is registered on the ticket has to be in attendance and, from 2012, passport-style pictures being required as part of the application process. Tickets are also given away as prizes via various competitions held on Radio 1 (and now 1Xtra) in the weeks running up to the event, which is usually the only way in which members of the public can obtain passes for both days of the event. For the 2013 event, no pre-registration was necessary, and instead all tickets were given away on a 'first come first served' basis - albeit still with the skewing of 90% of tickets being held back for residents of Northern Ireland. After an initial 24-hour delay due to technical difficulties, the tickets all sold out within an hour. 2014's event in Glasgow saw the 'first come first served' ticket release return with no pre-registration needed. 50% of tickets were reserved for residents within the boundaries of Glasgow City Council with a further 45% reserved for those in the rest of Scotland. However, for the first time ever, members of the public could obtain tickets to all three days of the festival. This led to complaints from some disappointed fans who were left without tickets to any day while others bagged tickets for the entire weekend.

For the 2006 event in Dundee, less than half of the tickets were given to local residents,[6] and allegations were made of postal workers stealing tickets.[7]


The event was held in Powderham Castle, Kenton near Exeter on the 28th and 29 May. Coldplay are headlining the second and final night, with other acts announced so far being Bring Me the Horizon, Chase & Status, Ellie Goulding and Craig David.[8] On March 1, it was announced that The 1975 and Jake Bugg had been added to the lineup.[9] Ticket information was announced on Monday 21 March.[10] Tickets were on sale at 8am on Monday 4 April. As usual, the tickets themselves are free, but there is a £8.50 administration fee with each ticket. This year, 60% of the tickets will be reserved for residents living in areas covered by Exeter City Council and Teignbridge district council. A further 35% will go to residents in surrounding areas of Exeter, including those with any other Exeter (EX) and Torquay (TQ) postcodes and those with Truro (TR), Plymouth (PL), Taunton (TA) and Dorchester (DT) postcodes, whilst the remaining 5% of tickets were available to the rest of the UK.[11] The full line-up was announced in April 2016.


Saturday 28 May Sunday 29 May
Main Stage
Mumford & Sons
Chase & Status
Jess Glynne
Jake Bugg
Meghan Trainor
Tom Odell
Nick Jonas
The Weeknd
Ellie Goulding
The 1975
Iggy Azalea
Years & Years
Catfish and the Bottlemen
In New Music We Trust
Bring Me the Horizon
Fetty Wap
Tame Impala
Twenty One Pilots
Craig David
Biffy Clyro
The Last Shadow Puppets
Wolf Alice
Jack Garratt
Alessia Cara
Panic! at the Disco
BBC Introducing Stage
Tiny Folds
Louis Berry
Declan McKenna
Rosie Lowe
Jealous of the Birds
Barns Courtney
The Hunna
Spring King
Shannon Saunders
Reuel Elijah
Catholic Action
Black Foxxes
Alice Jemima
Tobi Sunmola
Izzy Bizu
BB Diamond
James Cherry


On 23 January, Nick Grimshaw announced on the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show, that the 2015 event would be held at Earlham Park in Norwich, Norfolk, next to the University of East Anglia, taking place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24 May. On 31 March, 50,000 tickets went on sale and sold out within 40 minutes. The full lineup for main stage and the INMWT tent was announced on 20 April, Muse will headline on the Saturday and Foo Fighters on the Sunday. The majority of acts for the BBC introducing stage were announced on 22 April with the remaining acts announced on 4 May.


Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May
Main Stage
Florence and the Machine
David Guetta
Fall Out Boy
Ben Howard
Charli XCX
The Vaccines
5 Seconds of Summer
Foo Fighters
Taylor Swift
George Ezra
Imagine Dragons
Rita Ora
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Clean Bandit
Olly Murs
In New Music We Trust Stage
Jess Glynne
Years & Years
Circa Waves
Ella Eyre
Mallory Knox
Snoop Dogg
Jamie T
James Bay
Lethal Bizzle
Lower Than Atlantis
BBC Introducing Stage
Port Isla
Ted Zed
Fickle Friends
Get Inuit
Ruen Brothers
The Hearts
Kill It Kid
Laura Doggett
Hot Cops
Will Robert
Harry Edwards
Best Friends
Franko Fraize
Youth Club


On 30 January, Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora and Paolo Nutini announced that the 2014 event would be held in Glasgow to celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth Games. For the first time, the event will take place in two different locations in the same city. The Friday night of the event will be held in George Square and will be dedicated to dance music.[12] The remaining two days will follow the traditional format of the Big Weekend and will take place at Glasgow Green. Coldplay, Rita Ora, Paolo Nutini, Pharrell Williams and The 1975 will perform. On 31 March, 60,000 weekend tickets for the event sold out in 30 minutes.[13] The Main Stage lineup was announced on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show on 28 April 2014. It was announced that Katy Perry will headline on the Sunday night while One Direction and Kings of Leon will open the Main Stage on the Saturday and Sunday respectively. Local Scottish band Baby Stange is set to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage.


Friday 23 May Saturday 24 May Sunday 25 May
George Square Stage Main Stage
Martin Garrix
Pete Tong
Zane Lowe
Annie Mac
Danny Howard<
Calvin Harris
Ed Sheeran
Lily Allen
Jake Bugg
Pharrell Williams
One Direction
Katy Perry
Paolo Nutini
Tinie Tempah
The 1975
Rita Ora
John Newman
The Vamps
Kings of Leon
In New Music We Trust Stage
Clean Bandit
Bombay Bicycle Club
Katy B
Twin Atlantic
The Kooks
Sub Focus
You Me at Six
London Grammar
Sam Smith
Gorgon City
BBC Introducing Stage
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Saint Raymond
Sega Bodega
Model Aeroplanes
Racing Glaciers
Little Shoes Big Voice
Shy Nature
Leon Else
Royal Blood
Baby Strange
Rosie Lowe
Algernon Doll

Headline Sets[edit]


The new Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw announced that the Big Weekend would return to Derry in May 2013 to celebrate its title of UK City of Culture 2013, the same city that hosted the first of the two 2004 Big Weekends (although the actual site is different). For the first time, the Big Weekend extended to a third day - which focused on dance music. Alongside that initial announcement were the confirmation of the first two acts, Olly Murs and Two Door Cinema Club, with the rest of the line-up being announced by Grimshaw during another Radio 1 Breakfast Show on Monday 6 May. Both of the stages were in Ebrington Square - unlike recent Big Weekends there was no BBC Introducing Stage or Live Lounge Tent at this event. The '1Xtra' and 'In New Music We Trust' stages from Hackney 2012 were combined into a single venue.


Friday 24 May Saturday 25 May Sunday 26 May
Main Stage

Calvin Harris
Chase and Status
Dizzee Rascal
Pete Tong
Zane Lowe
Danny Howard
Toddla T

Biffy Clyro
The Vaccines
Two Door Cinema Club
Ellie Goulding
Conor Maynard
The Saturdays

Bruno Mars
Thirty Seconds to Mars
The Script
Olly Murs
Jake Bugg
Wretch 32
Little Mix

1Xtra Arena/In New Music We Trust Stage

Rita Ora
A$AP Rocky
J. Cole
Maverick Sabre
Katy B
Angel Haze

DJ Fresh
Kendrick Lamar
Bring Me the Horizon
The 1975
Iggy Azalea
Laura Mvula
Frightened Rabbit

Vampire Weekend
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Everything Everything
Jessie Ware
Miles Kane
We Are The Ocean

  • Due to issues at Heathrow Airport, two acts on the bill for Friday were unable to attend the event: those being Angel Haze and AlunaGeorge. Further acts also had their performances affected by the flight disruptions but were still able to appear: J. Cole was forced to substitute his band for a backing track, and Rudimental's equipment was stuck in London, forcing them to use the equipment of Chase and Status.
  • The above tables do not always represent the stage orders - for example, Two Door Cinema Club opened the Main Stage on Saturday, as opposed to The Saturdays, who in fact performed second on the day. Similarly, 30 Seconds To Mars opened the Main Stage on Sunday.

Headline Sets[edit]


On 23 May 2011, it was announced that for 2012, Radio 1 would be replacing the Big Weekend with a 'Hackney Weekend' to form part of the London 2012 Festival, in the buildup to the 2012 Olympics.[3] The festival duly took place on the Hackney Marshes over the weekend of 23 and 24 June 2012.

50,000 people attended each of the two days in 2012, meaning a total of 100,000 people visited the site over the weekend: more than double the previous highest attendances (40,000 across the weekends in each of 2010 and 2011). Due to the upgraded scale of the festival, the number of stages were increased (from four to six) and, for the first time, the Main Stage was outdoors rather than inside a tent.

Florence + The Machine were initially announced as playing on Saturday 23 June, but a double booking at another European festival meant that they actually performed on Sunday 24 June.[14]

The Ting Tings were initially announced as to be playing on Saturday 23 June, but due to logistical reasons beyond their control they had to pull out of the bill.[15]

On both days of the festival, a number of unannounced special guests performed with artists on the bill, the most noteworthy of which were Rihanna, M.I.A. and Kanye West appearing as part of Jay-Z's headlining set on Saturday; and, in turn, Jay-Z went on to return the favour and make a special multiple-song contribution during Rihanna's own headlining set the next day.


Saturday 23 June

Saturday 23 June Sunday 24 June
Main Stage

Nicki Minaj
Ed Sheeran
Rizzle Kicks
Leona Lewis

Dizzee Rascal
Florence and the Machine
Tinie Tempah
Jessie J
Plan B
Professor Green

In New Music We Trust Stage

Jack White
The Vaccines
The Maccabees
Michael Kiwanuka
Rita Ora
Jessie Ware

Chase & Status
Magnetic Man
Lana Del Rey
Enter Shikari
Sub Focus
Ben Howard
Bombay Bicycle Club

1Xtra Arena

Sean Paul
Flo Rida
Trey Songz
Tinchy Stryder
Boy Better Know
DJ Fresh
Emeli Sandé

Wretch 32
Taio Cruz
Azealia Banks
Maverick Sabre
Lethal B
Mindless Behavior

Dance Arena

Swedish House Mafia
Calvin Harris
Eric Prydz
Annie Mac

David Guetta
Andy C
Pete Tong
Flux Pavilion & Doctor P
Zane Lowe

DJ Stage

Robbo Ranx
Benji B
Rob da Bank
Moyles vs Westwood
DJ Target
DJ Cameo
Tim Westwood

DJ Edu
Robbo Ranx
Toddla T
Skream & Benga
Vernon vs Charlie Sloth
Tim Westwood

BBC Introducing Stage

Random Impulse
The Skints
In Search Of
Isaac Danquah
Lil Simz
My Panda Shall Fly
Paigey Cakey
Cheekie Bugga
UD Vocal Collective

Arthur Beatrice
Driving Lolita
Joe Black
Kersha Bailey
Lola King and The Kickstarts
Project Hackney Collective
Stevie Neale

Headline Sets[edit]


The announcement of location and dates for Radio 1's Big Weekend 2011 was made by Scott Mills on 30 March 2011, with his breakfast show (he was covering for Chris Moyles that week) being broadcast from Trinity School, Carlisle that morning. Over 750,000 people applied for tickets to the event.[16]

20,000 pairs of tickets were available for the two-day event with the usual allocation policy applying. It was announced that the priority areas for tickets would be the borders of Carlisle, Cumbria, the Scottish Borders and the North East of England.

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


Saturday 14 May Sunday 15 May
Main Stage

Foo Fighters
The Black Eyed Peas
Tinie Tempah
Chase & Status
Nicole Scherzinger
Plan B
Ellie Goulding
Jessie J
Arctic Monkeys

Lady Gaga
My Chemical Romance
Taio Cruz
The Script
Katy B
Professor Green
Olly Murs
The Wombats
Bruno Mars

In New Music We Trust Stage

Swedish House Mafia
Friendly Fires
Panic! at the Disco
Everything Everything
Cage the Elephant
The Joy Formidable
Wretch 32

The Strokes
Magnetic Man
Noah and the Whale
Two Door Cinema Club
The Vaccines
Pulled Apart By Horses

BBC Introducing Stage

Friends Electric
Aaron Delahuntly
Rizzle Kicks
Luke Bingham
Fiona Clayton
Saturday Night Gym Club
Baron Van Alias
Birds vs Planes

Masters in France
DJ Vimto vs Jah Digga
Among Brothers
Let's Buy Happiness
Colt 45

Outdoor Stage

Zane Lowe
Jaymo and Andy George
Judge Jules
Pete Tong
Riva Starr
Pete Tong vs Vernon Kay
Rob da Bank
Annie Mac vs. Nick Grimshaw

Skream and Benga
Annie Mac
Toddla T
Fabio and Grooverider
Kissy Sell Out
Calvin Harris
Westwood vs. Moyles
Jaguar Skills
Zane vs. Fearne
DJ Semtex

Headline Sets[edit]

TV & radio coverage[edit]

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. 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[17]

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
Thirty 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
Kesha 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 Sell Out
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.


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 BBC Radio 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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]


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

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.[22] 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.[23]

Headline sets[edit]


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.[24] 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 an 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.[25]

The line up was as follows:


Saturday 19 May[26]

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[27]

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 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 DJs 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.[28] 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.[28]


On 7 and 8 May 2005, the Big Weekend was held at Penshaw Monument in Herrington Country Park, Sunderland, and featured artists 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

September 2004[edit]

On 18 and 19 September 2004, the final 'One Big Weekend' under that name - and the second of that calendar year - was held at Perry Park, Birmingham. It featured the following line-up:


Saturday 18 September

Main Stage Second Stage
Tiesto Groove Armada
Fat Boy Slim David Guetta
Deep Dish Darren Emerson
Judge Jules Xpress 2
Dave Pearce Yousef
Steve Lawler Mylo
Nick Fanciulli Behrouz
Josh 'Rinse' Roberts

Sunday 8 May

Main Stage Second Stage
Lostprophets Kasabian
Goldie Lookin' Chain 22-20's
Mouldy Lookin' Stain The Music
Joss Stone The Departure
Damien Rice 13 Senses
Razorlight Skinnyman
Estelle Exist
Natasha Bedingfield
Broken Dolls

April 2004[edit]

On 24 and 25 2004, the penultimate 'One Big Weekend' under that name - and the first of two in that calendar year - was held at Prehen Fields, Derry. It featured the following line-up:


Saturday 18 September

Main Stage
Pete Tong
Seb Fontaine
Judge Jules
Armin van Buuren
Agnelli & Nelson
Tall Paul

Sunday 8 May

Main Stage
Avril Lavigne
The Streets
Franz Ferdinand

September 2003[edit]

On 13 and 14 September, the One Big Weekend held in Cardiff.[29]

Saturday 13 September Sunday 14 September
Basement Jaxx Pink
The Chemical Brothers Travis
Erick Morillo Dido
Seb Fontaine The Darkness
Lottie and Yousef Starsailor
Sander Kleinenberg The Thrills
Hybrid Kosheen
Time Flies DJ

May 2003[edit]

On 3 and 4 May, the One Big Weekend was held in Manchester.[30]

Saturday 3 May Sunday 4 May
Judge Jules The White Stripes
Paul van Dyk Dirty Vegas
Rob Tissera Aqualung
Eddie Halliwell The Coral
Good Greef Crew Feeder
Badly Drawn Boy


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