Bruno Mars, Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris have been announced as the headliners for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2013 which will take place in Derry from May 24-26.
Nick Grimshaw broke the news this morning on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, announcing over 40 of the biggest and hottest bands and artists playing over three days in one of Europe’s largest free music festivals.
Radio 1’s Big Weekend takes place in the heart of the city at Ebrington Square and Venue 2013. On Friday 24 May, the focus will be on dance music and 1Xtra; while Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May will feature a Main Stage and In New Music We Trust Stage.
The Friday night BBC Radio 1Xtra and Dance event will also include DJ sets from some Radio 1 and 1Xtra talent, including dance legend Pete Tong; Zane Lowe; MistaJam; carnival bassline hostess B-Traits; Toddla T; and Dance Anthems DJ Danny Howard.
The full line up was revealed and the following acts will be joining Olly Murs and Two Door Cinema Club, who were announced earlier this year:
Friday: Calvin Harris / Chase And Status / Dizzee Rascal
Rita Ora / A$AP Rocky / J. Cole / Rudimental Live/ Wiley / Maverick Sabre / Katy B / AlunaGeorge / Angel Haze / Pete Tong / Zane Lowe / MistaJam / B Traits / Toddla T / Danny Howard
Saturday: Biffy Clyro / The Vaccines / Two Door Cinema Club
DJ Fresh / Labrinth / Foals / Kendrick Lamar / Ellie Goulding / Conor Maynard / The Saturdays / Alt-J / Bring Me The Horizon / The 1975 / Iggy Azalea / Kodaline / Laura Mvula / Frightened Rabbit
Sunday: Bruno Mars / Paramore / Thirty Seconds To Mars
Vampire Weekend / The Script / Olly Murs / Jake Bugg / Wretch 32 / Little Mix /Disclosure / Bastille / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Everything Everything / Jessie Ware /Miles Kane / We Are The Ocean / HAIM
Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra says: “This event is my favourite moment of the year – watching a great crowd sing along to amazing artists makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.”
Tickets for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend were released on Wednesday 17 April and were snapped up in just under one hour.
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be broadcast live on Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra and streamed online at bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend, the Red Button and on mobile. It will also be broadcast on BBC Three with highlights from acts across the weekend.