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Radio 1's Big Weekend to host Coldplay, Ellie Goulding and Craig David in Exeter

Published 01/02/2016

This year's Radio 1 Big Weekend will feature Coldplay
This year's Radio 1 Big Weekend will feature Coldplay

Coldplay, Ellie Goulding and Craig David will perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend 2016.

Nick Grimshaw announced the line-up during his BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, and he confirmed the event will take place on May 28 and 29 in Exeter.

Other performers will include Chase and Status, and Bring Me the Horizon.

Coldplay will take a break from their A Head Full Of Dreams tour, stopping in Exeter in between their performances in Spain on May 27 and Germany on June 1.

Frontman Chris Martin said: "I was born and raised in Exeter so being part of Radio 1's Big Weekend this year means a huge amount to me personally. I lived the first few years of my life less than 500 yards from where we'll be performing, so this couldn't be more of a homecoming for me."

Goulding performed at the Big Weekend event in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

She said: "Radio 1's Big Weekend is always a great event, and I'm really looking forward to being a part of it again this year."

Noughties star David is staging a comeback in the UK, with his new album Following My Intuition expected later this year - following the recent release of his single When The Bassline Drops.

He said: "I've always been a huge fan of Radio 1's Big Weekend and I'm excited to be a part of it this year.

"From hearing When The Bassline Drops on the station to playing it live for the fans, this has been one of the most exciting journeys of my career."

Big Weekend, now in its 13th year, is Europe's largest free ticketed festival. Thousands of fans will be able to attend the event at Powderham Castle, while listeners will be able to tune in to the festival on Radio 1.

Grimshaw said: "Big Weekend is my highlight of the year - I can't wait to bring you the best in live music and to spend a weekend celebrating the start of the summer in Exeter."

Ben Cooper, controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: "We've taken Lady Gaga to Carlisle, Taylor Swift to Norwich and now we're taking Chris Martin back home.

"We're very proud to be able to bring such a diverse range of acts to Exeter, where they'll be part of our biggest weekend of the year."

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