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Radio 1's Big Weekend
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Location(s) United Kingdom (touring)
Years active 2003 - present
Founded by BBC Radio 1
Date(s) Varies
Genre Popular Music
Rock Music
Most Genres

Radio 1's Big Weekend (previously known as One Big Weekend) is a music festival run by BBC Radio 1. It is held once a year, in a different location within the United Kingdom each time. It is the biggest free ticketed music event in Europe and always includes a host of new artists.

The festival was a spin-off of Radio 1's touring summer roadshow, "One Big Sunday", where every Sunday during July and August, a different town would host the roadshow, usually next to a beach or in a large park. These were also free, but non-ticketed. A show in Falkirk in 1999 attracted in excess of 500,000 people, ten times the expected amount. People eventually had to be turned away.

Originally a 'One Big Weekend' would run twice a year. The Saturday was dedicated to dance music and the Sunday to bands. But since 2005 the dance day has been replaced by a second day of bands. In 2005 the dance music took place on a second stage on the Saturday only[1] and in 2006 it took place off site at a club on the Saturday night[2].



Venue Date Website
Heaton Park, Manchester, England 3-4 May 2003[3]
Cardiff, Wales 13-14 September 2003 link
Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland 24-25 April 2004 link
Perry Park, Birmingham, England 18-19 September 2004 link
Herrington Country Park, Sunderland, England 7-8 May 2005 link
Camperdown Park, Dundee, Scotland 13-14 May 2006 link
Moor Park, Preston, Lancashire, England 19-20 May 2007 link
Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, England 10-11 May 2008


Lydiard Park, Swindon, Wiltshire, England 9-10 May 2009


Faenol Estate, Bangor, Wales 22-23 May 2010



Tickets are free and are obtained through a lottery. From 2006, people wishing to go, register on the BBC website and pairs of tickets are then randomly allocated and given out. However, in order to make the event more accessible to those who live locally, the majority of the tickets are given to people who live near the location. For the 2006 event in Dundee, less than half were given to local residents,[4] and allegations were made of postal workers stealing tickets.[5] Despite the tickets being free, some people often attempt to sell them on eBay. Some tickets are also given away as prizes via various competitions held on Radio 1 in the weeks running up to the event.


On 24 February 2010, it was announced on The Chris Moyles Show that the 10th Big Weekend will take place on the Faenol Estate near Bangor, Wales on Saturday, 22 May and Sunday, 23 May 2010. Pixie Lott also performed on the show and was announced as the first act on the bill and Lostprophets was announced while they were on tour.

10,000 pairs of free tickets will be made available to the public for each day of the weekend. Applicants will be able to register for tickets to the event on the Radio 1 website in the near future.

The Vaynol Estate Bangor is the Venue for the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Bangor 2010. Website is

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd May 2010

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage Outdoor Stage
Pixie Lott


The 2009 event was held in Swindon. Britney Spears had been approached about playing at the show in May, reported The Sun, but was not confirmed.[citation needed]



Saturday 9 May

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage Outdoor Stage
Snow Patrol Basement Jaxx Annie Mac
Kasabian Jack Penate Nerm and D-Code
Dizzee Rascal Doves Kutski
The Script Friendly Fires Pete Tong vs Vernon Kay
Calvin Harris Deadmau5 2ManyDJs
Chris Moyles Florence and the Machine Zane Lowe
The Wombats The King Blues Rob da Bank
Daniel Merriweather Fightstar Tim Westwood
The Saturdays

Sunday 10 May

Main Stage In New Music We Trust Stage Outdoor Stage
The Prodigy The Enemy Judge Jules
Lily Allen Maxïmo Park Jaymo and Andy George
Ne-Yo Gossip Kissy Sell Out
Franz Ferdinand Enter Shikari Chase and Status (DJ set)
Akon Tinchy Stryder David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland
Scouting for Girls Chase & Status Chris Moyles vs Tim Westwood
Alesha Dixon Ladyhawke Fabio & Grooverider
N-Dubz White Lies 1Xtra - Mistajam featuring Wiley, Skepta, Bashy, Chipmunk and Doneao
Little Man Tate Trevor Nelson and Jaguar Skills


In 2008, the festival was held over the weekend of Saturday 10 May and Sunday 11 May, at Mote Park in Maidstone, which can hold up to 20,000 people[6]. 85% of tickets went to people living in Kent, 10% went to those living in areas bordering Kent, including parts of Sussex, Surrey, Essex and London, and the other 5% were handed to others living across the United Kingdom[7]. Concern was raised after a large number of locals commented that even those living within the close vicinity of the park did not receive tickets, with some in the Medway towns winning multiple times.[8]


The full line-up (except for Paramore) was announced on BBC Radio 1 on Monday 21 April 2008[9].

The national newspapers had also reported that Justin Timberlake could be a special guest - performing with Madonna.[11] Although this later turned out to be untrue. Pendulum were hailed as one of the festivals' best acts, outshining even Madonna and packing the INMWT tent.[12]


On Saturday 19 May and Sunday 20 May, Radio 1's Big Weekend was held in Moor Park in Preston.

For the first time in the history of the event, all tickets had barcodes and were scanned on arrival at the park. The barcodes contained information such as name and address of the winner of the tickets. Having the barcodes meant that Radio 1 could cancel lost or stolen tickets and issue new ones to those affected. In an effort to stop people buying tickets from eBay or through other mediums, the public was told they would be asked to prove their home address if their tickets were thought to be suspect[13]. However, the BBC decided to scrap this idea on the day as they thought it would cause angry scenes if people were to be turned away.

At the close of entry on (May 8, 2007, over 450,000 people registered for a chance to get tickets for the 2007 festival. On Tuesday May 8 on The Chris Moyles Show, Chris announced that a further 5,000 tickets will be available taking the total for both days being 35,000.

Tickets were also given away in a alternate reality game online using Radio 1 fan forums. The situation surrounded a man called Paul Denchfield who was supposedly sacked from the station. Throughout the run up to the event 'Frozen Indigo Angel' would appear in various places online and on-air, with it being the player's mission to hunt down tickets[14].

The line up was as follows:



In 2006, the Big Weekend was held in Camperdown Park, Dundee on the 13 and 14 May 2006 and featured artists which included:


Many of the BBC Radio 1 DJ's including Pete Tong, Tim Westwood and Chris Moyles attended too, and held a number of competitions so that people could win tickets. In addition, Radio 1 also created a virtual festival experience in the virtual reality application Second Life[17]. Avatars on the BBC Radio 1 islands could watch the event on live screens while the audience could see their virtual counterparts on massive stage side screens at the real event in Dundee. The event was hailed as the first ever festival with a professional line-up to take place in a virtual universe.[17].


In 2005, the Big Weekend was held at Penshaw Monument in Herrington Country Park, Sunderland on the 7 and 8 May 2005 and featured artists which included:



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