Radio 1’s Big Weekend heads to Glasgow
BBC Radio 1 today announced that Radio 1’s Big Weekend - the station’s annual flagship event - will take place in Glasgow in 2014. It was also revealed that Rita Ora and Paolo Nutini are the first artists confirmed for Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
The massive event will be held at Glasgow Green with a weekend full of exciting big name acts and new music on 24 and 25 May.
In addition to the Big Weekend, Radio 1 also announced a night dedicated to dance music on Friday 23 May.
The news was announced by Nick Grimshaw this morning as he broadcast his Radio 1 Breakfast Show live from BBC Scotland, at Pacific Quay in Glasgow. He was joined by Rita Ora, as well as Scottish singer Paolo Nutini who performed in front of an invited audience of local school children.
Local BBC Introducing band Baby Strange performed live during the show and it was announced that they will also perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in May.
Headline artists and the full line-up for Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2014 will be announced live on Radio 1 in the coming months.
Radio 1’s Big Weekend, now in its 11th year will be visiting Glasgow to celebrate the city’s hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will be produced in partnership with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.
Over 60,000 tickets will be available across the two events that Radio 1 is bringing to Glasgow this year, with the Big Weekend, the UK’s biggest free ticketed event, offering over 50,000 lucky music fans the opportunity to enjoy performances on 24 and 25 May.
In the lead up to Big Weekend, Radio 1 and BBC Learning will also embark on a special week of local engagement and face-to-face activity in the area - opening the doors to Radio 1’s Academy from Saturday 10-Friday 16 May. During the week, Radio 1 hopes to inspire local 16-19 year olds by inviting them to attend a series of radio shows, masterclasses and Q&As.
Nick Grimshaw says: “So excited to announce that we are going to be partying in Glasgow this summer! There is a rule that the further north you go, the more fun the gig will be, so I'm psyched to be in Scotland this year. Big Weekend always has the best line-up and kicking things off are Rita and Paolo. I can't wait!”
Jason Carter, Head of Live Music and Events, Popular Music, says: "Radio 1’s Big Weekend is the biggest event in the station’s calendar and we are delighted that Glasgow will host the event for the very first time in 2014. It's shaping up to be a stunning artist line-up, and the city will no doubt be buzzing across the weekend."
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, says: “As part of Glasgow’s major events strategy, it has been our ambition to attract Radio 1’s Big Weekend and I’m delighted that the BBC has accepted the city’s invitation. Radio 1’s Big Weekend will set the scene for an unforgettable summer in Glasgow and bring some of the world’s top performers to our city.”
Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be broadcasting live on Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra and streamed in vision at bbc.co.uk/radio1. Highlights will also be broadcast live on BBC Three.
Further details around ticketing will be announced in March, listeners will need to stay tuned to Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra for details.