26 April 2010


BBC Radio 1s tenth Big Weekend serves up a bumper line-up at the Faenol!

Florence & The Machine, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Dizzee Rascal, Pendulum and Cheryl Cole will all perform at BBC Radio 1s Big Weekend the stations annual music extravaganza - which takes place at Vaynol Estate, Bangor, North Wales on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May.

Chris Moyles unveiled the spectacular line-up of over 30 UK and international artists who will be playing on the two main stages during his show this morning (26th April, 6.30am-10am) with a bit of help from fellow Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe.

Other artists set for BBC Radio 1s Big Weekend are Scouting for Girls, Biffy Clyro and JLS plus Welsh bands the Lostprophets, Kids in Glass Houses and Marina & The Diamonds.

BBC Radio 1s Big Weekend is the stations flagship event and the UKs biggest free ticketed festival. Forty-thousand lucky music fans can enjoy performances from four stages in Vaynol Estate the Main Stage; the In New Music We Trust Stage; the Outdoor Stage and the BBC Introducing Stage.

For listeners tuning in there will also be exclusive Live Lounge sessions broadcast from backstage.
Jason Carter, Editor, Live Music & Events, Radio 1, says: Weve pulled out all the stops for our tenth BBC Radio 1s Big Weekend with an outstanding line-up of the best UK and international talent, along with new and emerging artists.

Its a great opportunity to put a national focus on North Wales as Radio 1 brings two days of distinctive programming encompassing the very best live music, fantastic sets and some original collaborations. And no-one has to miss any of it as it will be on radio, online, on TV and the red button!

Iwan Trefor Jones, Corporate Director, Gwynedd Council, says: Were very proud to welcome these talented artists to Gwynedd. Our unique combination of breathtaking mountains and coastline will provide a fantastic backdrop for Radio 1s Big Weekend. We look forward to showing the world what makes Gwynedd a great place to live, work and visit.

Alun Ffred Jones, Minister for Heritage, National Assembly for Wales, adds: I am delighted this major musical event is coming to Wales next month. This demonstrates our growing reputation as a venue for major events and shows that the facilities exist in all parts of Wales to host top class events.

Big Weekend Website

The line-up:

Main Stage
Saturday 22 May
Florence & The Machine
Dizzee Rascal
Alicia Keys
Cheryl Cole
Scouting for Girls
30 Seconds to Mars
Justin Bieber

Sunday 23 May
Biffy Clyro
Paolo Nutini
Pixie Lott
Jason Derulo

In New Music We Trust Stage
Saturday 22 May
Ellie Goulding
Tinie Tempah
Bombay Bicycle Club

Sunday 23 May
Vampire Weekend
You Me at Six
Plan B
Marina & the Diamonds
Crystal Castles
Kids in Glass Houses
Sub Focus


The line-up for the BBC Introducing Stage will be announced by Huw Stephens during his show on Wednesday 28th April (9-10pm) while the line-up for the Outdoor Stage will be announced by Annie Mac on Thursday 29th April while she deputises for Fearne Cotton (10am-1pm). 

A truly multi-platform experience, Radio 1s Big Weekend will be broadcast on Radio 1, with a major interactive presence online at http://bbc.co.uk/radio1  and many live performances available to watch on demand. There will be highlights on BBC Three and extended performances can be seen via the Red Button on digital TV during the weekend.

Registration for tickets opens at 9am on Monday 26th April and closes at 7pm on Monday 3rd May at bbc.co.uk/radio1.
There are 40,000 tickets available across the weekend. Tickets are free, but last year over 350,000 people applied for them and demand is expected to be huge again this year.

Each lucky applicant will receive a pair of tickets for either Saturday or Sunday. The event goes to a different area in the UK each year and Radio 1 will again give priority to applicants in the region. Tickets will be allocated randomly, but weighted in favour of those living in Bangor and across North Wales, with a smaller amount distributed nationally.

Throughout the weekend, Radio 1 DJs including Chris Moyles, Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Scott Mills, Zane Lowe, Vernon Kay, Jo Whiley, Edith Bowman, Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw will be introducing the bands on stage and broadcasting from the event.

BBC Three
Edith Bowman and Reggie Yates present all the highlights from Radio 1s Big Weekend in Bangor. Times and details to be announced.

Live streams from stages and backstage throughout the weekend.
Video performances from all the stages, on-demand for seven days after the event.
Exclusive backstage video with the bands via Radio 1's DJs will be put online throughout the weekend.
Stunning photography and free downloads will be available throughout the weekend and the week after.

Get audio and video downloads, wallpapers, photos and keep up to date with the mobile site.

Red Button
Digital TV viewers can press the Red Button from BBC television channels to watch performances from Radio 1's Big Weekend. Red button coverage will be presented by Radio 1's Nihal.

Ticket Details

    • Ticket registration for Radio 1's Big Weekend opens from 9.00am on Monday 26th April and closes at 7.00pm on Monday 3rd May. 
    • There are 20,000 pairs of tickets available to listeners for the event 40,000 in total.
    • Only one application per person is permitted and we do not allow multiple applications using the same email address.
    • Checks to identify those trying to enter more than once will be undertaken both during registration and once the process is complete with entries removed from the ballot if they do not adhere to the rules and regulations.
    • BBC Radio 1 will email entrants between Wednesday 5th May and Thursday 6th May to advise if they have been successful or not. Tickets will then be sent in the post.
    • Tickets are secure and traceable every ticket is securely printed with a unique barcode and the name and address of the person who received it. If an entrant has been selected but does not receive tickets BBC Radio 1 will cancel the original ones and advise on how to get replacements. Tickets will be scanned on the gate and any cancelled tickets will be rejected.
    • BBC Radio 1 advises to not risk buying tickets from other people to apply for tickets people will be asked to accept a condition that says they will not resell the tickets. Wherever possible any tickets re-sold will be invalidated. Valid tickets for Radio 1's Big Weekend are free and are only available through Radio 1.
    • BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend does not have an age limit; however those under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18 or over. Children under two years old do not need a ticket, but those that are two and over will need one.
    • The event is accessible the two main stages have viewing platforms for disabled people. Disabled parking is available for anyone with a Blue Badge on a first come, first served basis. Wheelchair charging will be available at the information tent.

Click Here for The Big Weekend Website



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