Line-up announced for Radio 1’s Big Weekend

BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw this morning announced the line-up for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Hull 2017.

Acts including Rita Ora, The Chainsmokers, Lorde, Kasabian and Royal Blood will be joining the line-up for the two-day event, which takes place at Burton Constable Hall on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May.

Hosted by Radio 1 DJs, Radio 1’s Big Weekend is Europe’s largest free ticketed festival, and will be heading to Hull to coincide with the UK City of Culture celebrations for 2017. Radio 1’s Big Weekend travels to areas that wouldn’t usually host large scale music events of this kind.

As well as shining a spotlight on the host city, in the lead-up and via the event’s coverage, Radio 1’s Big Weekend provides a major boost to the local economy. The event is now in its 14th year and will be produced in partnership with Hull 2017.

Artists joining the line-up for the Main Stage and Where It Begins Stage are:

MAIN STAGE SATURDAY:

BIFFY CLYRO, EMELI SANDÉ, GALANTIS, IMAGINE DRAGONS, JAMES ARTHUR, KASABIAN, KATY PERRY*, LORDE, ZARA LARSSON

WHERE IT BEGINS STAGE SATURDAY:

HAIM, JP COOPER, LANA DEL REY, LONDON GRAMMAR, PLAN B, RAG’N’BONE MAN, THE AMAZONS, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, YOU ME AT SIX

MAIN STAGE SUNDAY:

BASTILLE, CLEAN BANDIT, KINGS OF LEON* LITTLE MIX*, RITA ORA, SEAN PAUL, SHAWN MENDES, STORMZY*, THE CHAINSMOKERS

WHERE IT BEGINS STAGE SUNDAY:

ALT-J, ANNE MARIE, BLOSSOMS, CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS, CIRCA WAVES, DUA LIPA,

MURA MASA, ROYAL BLOOD, TWIN ATLANTIC

Rita Ora says: “So excited I can’t even tell you, it’s so long overdue. It’s the best news ever – I’m so happy. They’re so up for it (Hull crowd). I can always tell you that no matter what happens, Big Weekend is probably one of the “funnest” festivals I’ve ever performed at.”

Alex from The Chainsmokers says: “The coolest part will be that we have an album out so we’ll have all this new music and we’re really excited to perform it as we haven’t really played a big festival or big event like this, so we’re really excited.”

Lorde says: “I’m so excited – we’re going to Hull! It’s gonna be fun, we’ll have to tear up Hull, all of us.”

50,000 free tickets for Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull were snapped up earlier this month in under 50 minutes, with 95 percent of them going to the local area.

In the lead-up to Big Weekend, Radio 1 and BBC Learning will produce Radio 1’s Academy, which aims to inspire local 16-19 year-olds to take the next step in creative careers. Radio 1’s Academy includes a series of special events, local engagement and face-to-face activity in the area, beginning in February and culminating in May with a packed week of radio shows, gigs, masterclasses and Q&As. Keep listening to Radio 1 for further details.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be broadcast live on Radio 1 and streamed in vision at bbc.co.uk/radio1. All performances will be available to watch live and on demand on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel

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