The Great Weekend of Radio 1: Dates, how to watch it and programming


Summer is approaching, and with it, one of the hottest dates on your music calendar: the Radio 1 Big Weekend.

With some great artists lined up to grace the stage (and your eardrums), there’s a lot to look forward to. This is what you need to know.

What is?

Radio 1 Big Weekend is the radio station’s event of the summer. With some of the biggest names in the world lining up to play, it’s a weekend music event that covers a variety of genres, from alternative rock to British pop and rap.

Although the event was canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic, it is back and bigger than ever. The Big Weekend travels across the UK and takes place in a different location each year: this time, it will be at War Memorial Park in Coventry between Friday 27th and Sunday 29th May.

Doors open at 3:00 pm on Friday and the event will end at 11:00 pm every night.

What should you expect?

The Big Weekend is presented as a standard music festival, with a variety of themed stages to visit and enjoy.

Alongside the main stage (which, this year, will feature the likes of Ed Sheeran and Yungblud), people can visit the Future Sounds Stage and the BBC Music Introducing Stage (for newcomers) if they want something a little different. .

Who is playing?

Anne-Marie is among the headliners

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This year’s lineup promises to be unforgettable.

On friday may 27the BBC Music Introducing stage will feature Anish Kumar, Barry Can’t Swim, Hannah Laing, Jaguar B2B Absolute, Junior Simba, Kilig, Laura and Taahliah.

Meanwhile, the Future Sounds stage will feature 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.

On Saturday May 28the main stage will welcome Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Aitch, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Central Cee, Joel Corry and Yungblud.

The Future Sounds Stage will feature Sam Fender, Easy Life, Fontaines DC, KSI, Mimi Webb, Pa Salieu, Sigrid and Tom Grennan.

On the BBC Music Presentation Stage you can see Artemas, Celina Sharma, Deyah, Jordan Mackampa, Tamera, Thomas Headon, Usna and Willow Kayne.

Radio 1’s dance stage will see Adele Roberts, Charlie Tee, Gemma Bradley, Jaguar, Nadia Jae, Pete Tong, Rene LaVice and Sarah Story.

Finally, head to the Radio 1 Relax Tent to see Penelope and Sian Eleri.

On sunday may 29the main stage will feature Harry Styles, George Ezra, Becky Hill, Charli XCX, Dermot Kennedy, Jax Jones, Lorde and Mabel.

The Future Sounds Stage will feature Foals, Alfie Templeman, Griff, Holly Humberstone, Joy Crookes, Koffee, Rina Sawayama and popular newcomers Wet Leg.

Radio 1’s dance stage will see Arielle Free, Danny Howard, Jeremiah Asiamah, Kenny Allstar, Matty Chiabi, Sian Anderson, Target and Tiffany Calver.

Jess Izsatt and Jessie Marcella will play in the Radio 1 Relax Tent.

Finally, the BBC Music presentation stage will welcome Alfie Indra, Crawlers, Danniella Dee, Hope Tala, Lizzie Esau, Piri & Tommy, Queen Mills and Sad Night Dynamite.

How can I see it?

Unfortunately, the show is already sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with who’s playing.

BBC Radio 1 will curate and play elements of the show live over the weekend, and you can head over to 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 prefer to use social media, BBC Radio 1 will also be sharing behind-the-scenes footage from the Big Weekend on its Instagram account.

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