24 Feb 2010



Faenol plays host to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

(See video below for full details of event and tickets)


Caernarfon Online were invited to the Faenol today to attend the official announcement that Faenol has been secured as the venue for this years Big Weekend.  Present were Chris Moyles and Aled Haydn Jones from the Chris Moyles breakfast show as well as Huw Stephens of Radio 1, Jason Carter the BBC Radio 1 Live Events Editor and Dyfed Edwards the Gwynedd Leader. We were treated to a special live performance of "Gravity" by Pixie Lott (which will be out on the 3rd March).

Caernarfon Online reporter Meriel Edwards with Chris Moyles and Aled Haydn Jones of the Breakfast Show

Caernarfon Online reporters asked her if she was going to learn Welsh for the concert. She winced and said it was a difficult language to learn and would struggle to cope. She told us she was looking forward to see a large selection of music at the event and was very excited about it all. She told us she had to dash off to London right after her performance here for some recording work. She revealed that she stayed in the Pink Palace in Felinheli last night and had "a wonderful time there".
Before she left we asked her what was Chris Moyles like to work with and taking into consideration Chris was just around the corner, she said that "he was a great character, funny and friendly".This was indeed true as he  posed for photos outside the Faynol House and signed autographs for everyone.

Pixie Lott with local school children                                                                         Chris Moyles with Gwynedd Officers

The BBC Official Announcement:

BBC Radio 1 confirmed  today that the station's annual flagship event, Radio 1's Big Weekend, will take place at The Faenol Park near Caernarfon, North Wales on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May 2010.

The news was announced by Radio 1 presenter Chris Moyles as his breakfast show broadcast live from Faenol Park.

Chris and his team were joined by Pixie Lott who performed live - and she's the first act to be confirmed to play at Radio 1 's Big Weekend.

Hosted by Radio 1 DJs, the event is the UK's biggest free ticketed music festival and has an outstanding reputation for attracting some of the biggest and hottest UK and international acts to perform live. This year marks the tenth Radio 1 's Big Weekend, so the event promises to be even better than ever!

With live music across four stages, the two-day event will be broadcast on Radio 1, with a major interactive presence online at bbc.co.uk/radiol and many live performances available to watch on demand.

The event will hold 20,000 people per day and the majority of the free tickets go to residents of Bangor and the surrounding area.

In the lead up to the event, Radio 1 will announce the full line-up, ticket details, tv coverage plans and details of additional activities that will take place around the event.

Further information and frequently asked questions can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/radio1  .


             Aled Haydn Jones, Hue Williams, Jason Carter and Dyfed Edwards                                                     Pixie Lott with Chris Moyles.

Chris Moyles said:

"I love Radio 1 's Big Weekend - it's the best event all year. I'm already looking forward to spending a couple of days in Bangor and getting to know the place!"

Jason Carter, Editor, Live Events, BBC Radio 1, said:

"We're proud to be hosting our tenth Radio 1 's Big Weekend - the event is an outstanding success, making a huge impact on the areas it visits both culturally and economically while evolving every year to bring original and creative content to our audiences. We're delighted to be bringing our flagship event to Bangor this year."

The Leader of Gwynedd Council, Councillor Dyfed Edwards said:

"We're delighted to welcome Radio 1 and its listeners to Gwynedd and are confident that the Faenol Estate will be a fitting stage for the Big Weekend. Hosting such an event is an exciting opportunity for us to show the wider world what makes Bangor and the surrounding area such a special place."


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