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Radio 1 heads to Maidstone

The Chris Moyles Show was live from Maidstone this morning to announce the town as the location for BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2008.

The annual flagshow event, expecting to attract 20,000 people per day will take place in Mote Park, Maidstone on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May 2008.

Chris and his team were joined by Scouting For Girls who performed a live session. The band were also announced as the first act confirmed to appear. This year a fourth stage, the BBC Introducing Stage, will be added, bringing some of the best new and emerging UK talent selected from new music shows across the BBC.

With live music across four stages over two days, the event will be broadcast on Radio 1 and will have a major interactive presence online with many full live performances available to watch on demand.

Highlights will be available to watch on BBC TV and extended performances will be available via the red button on TV during the weekend.

Radio 1 will be making sure the majority of free tickets go to residents of Maidstone and the surrounding Kent area. To ensure a fair distribution of tickets in the region, Radio 1 will ask listeners to register their details and then select by random based on postcode.

Chris Moyles said: "The Radio 1's Big Weekend events are one of the highlights of our year. I know that sounds like a line but it's true. I hope everybody gets excited about it and to the lucky ones that get tickets, trust me, it'll be the best thing Maidstone sees this year!"

Jason Carter, Radio 1's Editor of Live Music and Events, said: "Radio 1 is very proud to announce Maidstone as the hosts for our eighth Big Weekend, with massive line-ups of some of the biggest artists in the UK and from around the world performing in Mote Park, a fantastic site."

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