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Swift to headline Radio 1 event

BBC Radio 1 is to take its Big Weekend to Norwich this year, with pop superstar Taylor Swift announced as the first headliner.

Thousands of tickets will be given away to listeners for the 12th annual event, with the station saying most will go to people who live in and around the Norfolk city.

The location, at Earlham Park on the weekend of May 23 and 24 was announced by Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw.

Taylor said: "When I think of a UK crowd I think of a sea of people that is moving like an ocean - it's the most beautiful sight you could possibly witness and I can't wait to come back. Everyone talks about the festivals in England being the best ones you can go to. I feel like I've been missing out - I'm really excited."

Station controller Ben Cooper said: "You have got to love the BBC and Radio 1 for bringing you Taylor Swift and some of the biggest names on the planet to Norwich for free."

Norwich is famously the home of Steve Coogan's fictional broadcaster Alan Partridge.

The city's council leader Brenda Arthur said: "This is great news for Norwich and will give us the chance to show off this amazing city at its best."

Local act Context have also been announced for the bill.

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