It’s finally here! After a long wait Radio 1’s Big Weekend is on its final approach. If you’re like us and can’t contain your excitement, then we’ve got just the thing. We’ve put together a definitive guide to the festival just for you! Here you can find the acts performing, the people we are most excited about seeing and what we recommend adding to your playlist to share with your friends.
If you love discovering new artists at festivals, check out our Best Up and Coming Artists from This Years Festival Season blog.
This year, Radio 1’s Big Weekend is being held in Powderham Castle in Exeter on the 28th and 29th of May. Gates will open at 11am and the event ends at 10pm each night. Expect sun, good food and some great music. The beauty of this festival is that it combines some of the world’s most successful chart toppers with up and coming artists. The BBC Introducing stage will host some of the brightest talent soon to hit the charts while the Main Stage will offer some of the biggest names currently found in the Top 40.
There are many amazing acts playing this weekend but there are a few that have really caught our attention:
Chase & Status – We can’t wait to see what the London duo have in store for us after their brief time away from the festival circuit.
Mumford & Sons – Whenever the folk rock band is announced to appear, you know it will be a good time.
Craig David – The second coming of the UK Garage artist has been a huge success. We are looking forward to seeing what he has to offer us.
Stormzy – The British rap artist has shot to stardom this year and brought the UK Grime scene firmly into the spotlight.
Coldplay – Do we need to really justify this?
Kygo – Everything the Norwegian DJ touches is turning to gold at the moment.
Jack Garratt – Not just a singer/songwriter but a multi-instrumentalist whose one man band performances set arenas on fire.
Wolf Alice – Nominated for a Mercury Music Award and hailed as a return to the great heights of 90s grunge, Wolf Alice know how to really rock a crowd.
Blossoms – From day one this group of lads from Stockport have been destined for great things. This is going to be a huge outing for the group.
Main Stage: Bastille, Chase & Status, Jess Glynne, Jake Bugg, Meghan Trainor, Mumford & Sons, Nick Jonas, Sigma and Tom Odell.
In New Music We Trust Stage: Bring Me the Horizon, Craig David, Chvrches, Fetty Wap, Flume, Stormzy, Tame Impala and Twenty One Pilots.
BBC Introducing Stage: Barns Courtney, Cortes, Declan McKenna, Jealous of the Birds, Louis Berry, Reuel Elijah, Rosie Lowe, Shannon Saunders, Spring King, The Hunna, Tiny Folds and Wolfie.
Main Stage: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Iggy Azalea, Kygo, OneRepublic, The 1975, The Weekend and Years & Years.
In New Music We Trust Stage: Alesso, Alessia Cara, Biffy Clyro, Jack Garratt, Panic! at the Disco, Skepta, The Last Shadow Puppets and Wolf Alice.
BBC Introducing Stage: Alice Jemima, BB Diamond, Black Foxxes, Blossoms, Catholic Action, Emmi, Izzy Bizu, James Cherry, Kyko, Tobi Sunmola, Vital and Yonaka.
Whether you’re building up for the trip to Exeter to attend the festival or stewing at home about your lack of tickets, create this playlist on BlueJay and share it with your friends to get pumped for the weekend of music ahead:
Stormzy – Shut Up
Craig David ft. Big Narstie – When the Bassline Drops
Iggy Azalea – Team
Jack Garratt – Worry
Wolf Alice – You’re a Germ
Chase & Status – Control
Skepta – Shutdown
Flume ft. Kai – Never Be Like You
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Ellie Goulding – Army
Mumford & Sons – I Believe
Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime
Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
Tame Impala – The Less I Know the Better
Alessia Cara – Wild Ones
Kygo ft. Kodaline – Raging
Emmi – My Kind of Swag
Meghan Trainor – No
Years & Years – Desire
The Weekend – The Hills
Jake Bugg – Gimme the Love
Blossoms – At Most a Kiss
Tom Odell – Magnetised
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