Summer is fast approaching and with it, one of the hottest days on your music calendar: Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
With some huge artists lining up to grace the stage (and your eardrums), there’s a lot to look forward to. Here’s what you need to know.
What is it?
Radio 1’s Big Weekend is the station’s summer event. With some of the biggest names in the world lining up to play, it’s a weekend-long musical event that covers a wide range of genres – from alternative rock to UK pop and rap.
Although the event has been canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic, it’s back and bigger than ever. Big Weekend travels around the UK, taking place at a different location every year: this time at War Memorial Park in Coventry from Friday 27 May to Sunday 29 May.
The gates open at 3pm on Fridays and the event will end at 11pm every night.
What should you expect?
Big Weekend is organized like your standard music festival, with a variety of themed stages for you to visit and enjoy.
Besides the main stage (which will feature the likes of Ed Sheeran and Yungblud this year), people can watch the Future Sound Stage and the BBC Music Showcase (for newbies) floating) if they want something a little different.
Who is playing?
This year’s lineup promises to be very memorable.
Above Friday, May 27The BBC Music Show stage will feature Anish Kumar, Barry Can’t Swim, Hannah Laing, Jaguar B2B Absolute, Junior Simba, Kilig, Lau.ra and Taahliah.
Meanwhile, the future Sound stage will star Disclosure, Boyoca, Danny Howard, Eats Everything, Shermanology, Jodie Harsh, LP Giobbi, Ben Helmsley, Patrick Topping, Pete Tong, Frankie Wah, Sam Divine, Sarah Story and Jaguar.
Radio 1’s dance stage will feature Amy Elle, Bklava, Craig & Grant Gordon, Emily Nash, LF System, Meg Ward, Nia Archives and Prospa.
Above Saturday, May 28The main stage will welcome Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Aitch, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Central Cee, Joel Corry and Yungblud.
On the Future Sound Stage, Sam Fender, Easy Life, Fontaines DC, KSI, Mimi Webb, Pa Salieu, Sigrid and Tom Grennan will participate.
On the BBC Music Show Stage you’ll be able to see Artemas, Celina Sharma, Deyah, Jordan Mackampa, Tamera, Thomas Headon, Usna and Willow Kayne.
Radio 1 Dance Stage will feature Adele Roberts, Charlie Tee, Gemma Bradley, Jaguar, Nadia Jae, Pete Tong, Rene LaVice and Sarah Story.
Finally, head to Radio 1 Relaxing Tent to meet Penelope and Sian Eleri.
Above Sunday May 29The main stage will feature Harry Styles, George Ezra, Becky Hill, Charli XCX, Dermot Kennedy, Jax Jones, Lorde and Mabel.
In the Future Sounds Stage, Foals, Alfie Templeman, Griff, Holly Humberstone, Joy Crookes, Koffee, Rina Sawayama and newcomers Wet Leg will participate.
The dance stage on Radio 1 will feature Arielle Free, Danny Howard, Jeremiah Asiamah, Kenny Allstar, Matty Chiabi, Sian Anderson, Target and Tiffany Calver.
In Radio 1 Relax Tent, Jess Izsatt and Jessie Marcella will play.
Finally, the BBC Music Show Stage will welcome Alfie Indra, Crawlers, Danniella Dee, Hope Tala, Lizzie Esau, Piri & Tommy, Queen Mills and Sad Night Dynamite.
How can I watch it?
Unfortunately, tickets to the show are now sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with who’s performing.
BBC Radio 1 will curate and stream elements of the show as it goes on over the weekend, and you can visit BBC iPlayer to watch all the action (with the added bonus of video).
There will also be coverage of the event on the BBC Sounds App and on BBC One. If you’re up for social media, BBC Radio 1 also shares glimpses of Big Weekend’s behind the scenes on their Instagram account.