22 May 2020 20:34
BBC Radio 1's Chris Price on staging Big Weekend remotely during lockdown BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend is a regular fixture in the festival season, featuring superstar artists and homegrown talent. In the latest issue of Music Week, we look at how radio stations are supporting the music industry during the coronavirus, including Radio 1's flagship event Big Weekend. The main Radio 1 Stage features Sam Smith, Jonas Brothers, Aitch x AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Becky Hill, Biffy Clyro, Blossoms, Declan McKenna, Dermot Kennedy, Ellie Goulding, Haim, Lauv, Mabel, Niall Horan, Rex Orange County, Rita Ora, Sean Paul, Yungblud and Young T & Bugsey. "The line-up across Saturday and Sunday on the Radio 1 stage is absolutely phenomenal," said Price. So whether it's programming the Radio 1 playlist or programming the stage for Radio 1's Big Weekend, it's always been about giving a platform to new emerging artists alongside well-established names.
On the same stage as Ellie Goulding or Sam Smith, you've got newer artists like Lauv, Young T & and Bugsey, Aitch, Rex Orange County. As well as the Radio 1 Stage, the Dance Stage will feature new DJ sets from Armand Van Helden, Bicep, CamelPhat, Disclosure, Fatboy Slim/Eats Everything, Hannah Wants, High Contrast, Solardo and The Black Madonna. The 1 Xtra Stage features Afro B, Mahalia and Ms Banks, while the BBC Music Introducing Stage has a wealth of fresh talent including The Snuts, JC Stewart, Be Charlotte, Cavetown and headliners Georgia and Jack Garratt, a former BRITs Critics' Choice winner. Price credited the work of the BBC Music Introducing team for the line-up. "It's a very different ask, getting artists to perform from their own homes," said Price.
There'll be brand new performances from new and established musicians like Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, and The Jonas Brothers, alongside some archive classics from the festival's previous years, with past performances from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Jay-Z and Calvin Harris. Read on for everything you need to know about how to watch, listen to and stream BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2020. When is BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend? BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend will go ahead as planned, with performances across Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May 2020. Who is performing at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend?
The weekend will feature some of the most famous faces in the music world – all "new performances, recorded from home, on the Radio 1 Stage, 1Xtra Stage and BBC Music Introducing Stage," according to the BBC. Take a look at the new additions who will be bringing brand new performances from their homes to the virtual Radio 1 stage???? Friday 22nd will feature all the biggest names in dance music, from Fatboy Slim to Disclosure to and CamelPhat. The full line-up for the evening includes: Radio 1's own Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Pete Tong alongside the likes of Armand Van Helden, duos Disclosure, CamelPhat, Solardo and Bicep, big name DJs High Contrast, Hannah Wants and The Black Madonna. Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th will feature an eclectic array of bands and musicians, from HAIM and Mabel to headliners The Jonas Brothers and Sam Smith. On the Radio 1 Stage, there'll be brand new performances from the likes of HAIM (performing Saturday), Blossoms, Biffy Clyro, Dermot Kennedy, and Sean Paul. Headliners Sam Smith (performing Saturday) and The Jonas Brothers (performing Sunday) will appear, while listeners and viewers at home will also be treated to some classic archive performances, including Billie Eilish's set from last year, and Jay-Z's electric 2012 set. How can I watch and listen to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend? Whether you're planning a virtual rave, or putting up an indoors tent, you'll be able to tune in from home all weekend by listening to Radio 1 and BBC Sounds, and watching via BBC iPlayer. The line-up for the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend UK 2020 has been revealed. The music festival, which this year was due to take place in Dundee, Scotland, is instead taking place remotely over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, starting on Friday, May 22 and running until Sunday, May 24. More than 100 performances are planned across five stages: the Radio 1 Stage, the Radio 1 Dance Stage, the Headliner Stage, the 1Xtra Stage and the BBC Music Introducing Stage. The BBC say the Radio 1 Stage, the Radio 1 Dance Stage and the BBC Music Introducing Stage will feature all new performances recorded by artists from their own homes, including from Sam Smith, the Jonas Brothers, HAIM, Mabel, and more. Archive performances from Rihanna, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish, One Direction and more have been added to the bill. How can I listen or watch Big Weekend 2020? Each of the five stages will have its own page on the free BBC Sounds app, where listeners can catch full sets, while highlights will be made available to watch on BBC iPlayer. What is the full line up for Radio 1's Big Weekend 2020? THE LINE-up for the headliner and 1Xtra stages at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend UK 2020 has been confirmed and with archive performances from Rihanna, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish, One Direction and more added to the bill, the scene is set for a virtual extravaganza. Radio 1's Big Weekend UK 2020 is taking place remotely over the late May Bank Holiday weekend (May 22-24) with more than 100 performances planned across five stages: the Radio 1 Stage, the Radio 1 Dance Stage, the Headliner Stage, the 1Xtra Stage and the BBC Music Introducing Stage. The Radio 1 Stage, the Radio 1 Dance Stage and the BBC Music Introducing Stage will feature all new performances recorded by artists from their own homes, including from Sam Smith, the Jonas Brothers, HAIM, Mabel, and more. The Headliner Stage will feature some of the best headline sets from past Big Weekends, while the 1Xtra Stage will feature a mix of brand new and archive performances. Each of the five stages will have its own area on BBC Sounds where listeners can catch full sets, while highlights will be made available to watch on BBC iPlayer. Tracks from all acts performing on the Radio 1 and 1Xtra stage will also be broadcast on Radio 1 and 1Xtra across the weekend. It's ten years since the likes of Florence & The Machine, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Dizzee Rascal, Justin Bieber and Cheryl Cole all performed at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend – the station's annual music extravaganza – at Vaynol Estate, Bangor on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May 2010. The Radio 1 event is Europe's biggest free festival with more than 60 artists playing to 40,000 fans over two days on four stages in Vaynol Estate – the Main Stage; the In New Music We Trust Stage; the Outdoor Stage and the BBC Introducing Stage. On Saturday, Florence & the Machine brought day one of Big Weekend to a close with a set which included a full choir and a guest appearance from Dizzee Rascal on their track You Got The Dirtee Love. Highlights of day one included a short set from Canadian heart-throb Justin Bieber, Faithless headlining the second stage and Cheryl Cole's debut festival performance as a solo artist. Rihanna has helped bring to a close the second, and final, day of Radio 1's Big Weekend in Vaynol Park, playing a 40-minute set which included singles Rude Boy and Umbrella before headliners Pendulum took to the stage.