Mars and fireworks bring the curtain down on Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Bruna Mars woos his audience at the finale of the Radio 1 Big Weekend. (2805Jb352)
Bruna Mars woos his audience at the finale of the Radio 1 Big Weekend. (2805Jb352)

Bruno Mars and a massive fireworks display over the River Foyle brought the curtain down on Derry’s massive One Big Weekend last night.

Multi million seller Mars was the last act to take to the Ebrington stage on the final day of the Radio One show that had already seen Little Mix, Olly Murs, Paramore and The Script -with special guest Labrinth - rock the city.

Jake Bugg, Haim and We Are The Ocean also wowed the crowds yesterday.

Opening with ‘Just The Way You Are’, Mars’ set closed with a spectacular array of pyrotechnics high above the former army barracks.

Mars said: “”Northern Ireland, thank you so much. Until we meet again, I love you all, good night.”

The Script’s Mark Sheehan said the Derry crowd, if not the weather, were fantastic. He said Derry deserved to enjoy hosting the weekend.

“The amount of money it is generating for the local area, kids out there seeing their first big concert for free, it is incredible.

“This part of Ireland never gets a lot of bands here. US or UK bands normally go to Belfast or Dublin. The crowd appreciate the fact that so many bands came to one place.”

The North’s Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said the host city should feel very proud.

““Maybe it’s getting older, but getting emotional seeing all the young people enjoying themselves at the One Big Weekend. Derry should feel proud. I loved the atmosphere for the entire day. 30 Seconds To Mars were class, getting all the kids on the stage, making a lot of memories for them.

“The Script were amazing and the crowds unbelievable. I was across the city at the Gasyard today and I would like to commend everyone there for bringing the live streaming of festival right into the heart of the community and allowing thousands of people to be part of the buzz of the entire weekend”