Stage set for One Big Weekend in city

The One Big Weekend stage taking shape at Ebrington Square. (2105PG07)
The One Big Weekend stage taking shape at Ebrington Square. (2105PG07)

Final plans are now being drawn up for the Radio One Big Weekend, which kicks off on Friday and runs through until Sunday night with a host of top names from the world of dance music.

Over the weekend the transformation of the Ebrington site began with the erection of the Main Stage, which will host the likes of Biffy Clyro, Olly Murs, The Script, Bruno Mars and Little Mix over the course of the three day event.

A second stage will also run in The Venue, hosting the Radio1Xtra and In New Music We Trust performances.

The big event will see close to 40,000 music fans enjoy the best in modern music. As itdraws closer traffic and travel arrangements have been released.

These include the closure of the Peace Bridge to all pedestrians between Friday morning and Monday morning.

The PSNI have announced there will be no access through Ebrington Square from the Gatehouse to the Peace Bridge from 9.15 am on Wednesday to 8am on 27 May while the Waterside Riverfront Greenway path will be closed over the weekend from early Friday 24 May.

There will be restrictions in place for pedestrians in and around the city with no pedestrian access to Ebrington Square, via Dales Corner, from midnight until 7 am on 28 and 29 May. This access route will be closed off fully from 9.15 am on 24 May until 7 am on 28 May. Pedestrians will be unable to walk along the footpath at the perimeter of the Ebrington site on the Limavady Road from 6.00 am on Friday 24 to Sunday 26, and will have to use the footpath on the other side of the Limavady Road.

There will also be a temporary closure of the Limavady Road on the evenings of Friday 24th – Sunday 26th May, post concert, for a limited period to enable a rapid and safe departure of concert goers.

Parking restrictions will be enforced by the PSNI along the Limavady Road throughout the weekend and drivers are advised that dropping off will not be permitted along the Limavady Road. There will be no vehicle access to St Columb’s Road throughout the event from Friday 24th morning until the event close. Access will be restricted to accredited vehicles only.

And on Queen’s Quay and the Foyle Embankment, contingency traffic plans will also be in place for closure of Queen’s Quay and Foyle Embankment which may be necessary for reasons of crowd safety. The DRD’s Queen’s Quay car park will be closed Thursday 23rd May from 6pm until Monday 27th May to assist with event planning arrangements.