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50,000 Big Weekend tickets gone in an hour

50,000 tickets for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Exeter 2016 have been snapped up in just over an hour.

Tickets were released at 8am today (Monday) during Nick Grimshaw’s breakfast show.

The event takes place at Powderham Castle on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May with performances from the likes of Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, The 1975, Chase And Status, Bring Me The Horizon, Craig David and Jake Bugg.

Neil Wyatt, Head of Live Music and Events, BBC Popular Music says: “We’re incredibly excited to be bringing Radio 1’s Big Weekend to Devon, and this year we’ve been able to give away a higher proportion of tickets than ever before to people living close to the event. The Big Weekend is always one of the highlights of the UK festival season and this year is shaping up to be one of the best ever – we’ve got a great line-up, a beautiful site and more young people attending from the host region than ever.”

For the fifth year running, 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 will include a series of special events, local engagement and face-to-face activity in the area, which begins in April and culminates in May with a week of radio shows, gigs, masterclasses and Q&As.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be broadcast live on Radio 1, streamed in vision at bbc.co.uk/radio1, with highlights on 1Xtra.

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