Radio 1’s Big Weekend: Big names set for the wildest party of the year
Bruno Mars, Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris have been confirmed as the A-list acts set to headline Londonderry’s One Big Weekend.
A total of 52 bands, singers and DJs have now been confirmed for the three-day event at Ebrington Square, bringing to an end months of speculation.
Many of the acts bound for Northern Ireland took to the airwaves yesterday to express their excitement at the prospect of performing in Derry.
Dizzee Rascal, The Script, Paramore, Labrinth, Chase and Status, Pete Tong and The Saturdays have all been confirmed for the festival.
Ellie Goulding, The Vaccines, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Little Mix and Conor Maynard will also play the main arena.
A second stage will feature a range of rising and new artists including Vampire Weekend, Rita Ora, Katy B, The 1975 and alt-J.
The Big Weekend will be the musical centrepiece of the UK City of Culture celebrations.
Friday night headline act Calvin Harris said the fans in Derry were the wildest he had witnessed.
The leading pop DJ and producer said: “You know what’s amazing? The times I have played in Derry have been some of the craziest I have ever seen, so having that and having so many people from there at that gig it is going to be out of control probably all day.
“It’s going to be great. I cannot wait.”
James Johnston from Scottish festival icons Biffy Clyro said they were delighted to be headlining the main stage on Saturday night.
“It is fantastic news,” the bassist and vocalist said.
“We have known for a couple of weeks and it is always hard when you have good news you want to share with people.
“We have been trying to keep it a secret but finally we let everyone know and it is going to be a lot of fun.”
He added: “When you come on last you have a lot of responsibility — you have to give people a good time and they have got to go home with good memories.
“It’s a challenge, but we accept the responsibility. We’re going to give it everything we have got.”
The Script frontman and judge on The Voice Danny O’ Donoghue said they were “really looking forward to coming down to Londonderry for Radio One’s giant big, big weekend”.
“We’re gonna smash it, have a load of beers and have the best of times,” he added.
The Irish band will be performing on the main stage on Sunday, sharing the bill with Olly Murs, Jake Bugg, Paramore and headliner Bruno Mars.
American band Vampire Weekend, who will bring the festival to a close on the 1Xtra Arena on Sunday night said they were “ready to get leary in Derry”.
The BBC said it was bringing the festival back to Derry for an unprecedented second time back in January.
Almost 40,000 free tickets have been allocated for the concerts — 90% of them reserved for people in Northern Ireland. They were snapped up in just under one hour.
Radio One first came to Derry back in 2004.