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Thursday 28 August 2014

Radio One's Big Weekend: Bruno Mars brings three-day festival to a close

26.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD
The third and final day of the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Derry-Londonderry. Bruno Mars performing
26.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The third and final day of the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Derry-Londonderry. Bruno Mars performing
Bruno Mars performs at Radio One's Big Weekend, at Ebrington Square in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Bruno Mars performs at Radio One's Big Weekend, at Ebrington Square in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
25.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD
The 2nd day of the Radio 1 Big Weekend Festival in Londonderry-Derry yesterday. Bring Me The Horizon performing
25.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The 2nd day of the Radio 1 Big Weekend Festival in Londonderry-Derry yesterday. Bring Me The Horizon performing

Bruno Mars has brought Radio One's Big Weekend festival to a close alongside thousands of eager pop fans as night falls in Derry.

Artists including 30 Seconds to Mars and Paramore have already taken to the stage on the third and final day of the festival.

Olly Murs was also celebrating after selling 1.2 million copies in the United States of his chart topping single Troublemaker.

The Essex pop star told the crowds today it was a major success for him as a new artist.

"I just sold 1.2 million from Troublemaker in the USA, that was a big thing for me as a new artist (after) all the success in the UK, to go to America and to sell a single 1.2 million (times)..is a massive achievement for me," he said.

Other acts at the final day of the three-day event included Dublin rockers The Script.

Band member Mark Sheehan said he was delighted to be back.

"We are so used to it raining that when the sun finally shines we are just waiting for it to rain again, when we think people are going to walk out," he said.

He admitted the band still experienced nerves.

"We have got to learn to channel it in a positive way. The day you lose that edge is when you are in trouble," he added.

Sheehan said the vibes in Derry were brilliant and the Big Weekend was a great opportunity to attract massive live acts who usually focus on London.

"The amount of money it is generating for the local area, kids out there seeing their first big concert for free, it is incredible."

Girl band Little Mix were among other performers today.

On Friday artists including A$AP Rocky and Dizzee Rascal took to the stage as the three-day event began in Derry's Ebrington Square.

But to add to the already heaving line-up of pop acts, Robbie Williams joined Dizzee on stage - much to the delight of the some 12,000 fans that turned up.

A host of acts soon followed the big-name surprise guest, with Katy B taking to the 1Xtra Arena this evening among others.

Disruptions at Heathrow airport on Friday due to an emergency landing forced several artists to pull out of the show.

A statement from the Radio One press office said:

"Unfortunately due to the travel disruption affecting Heathrow we've had to cancel a few performances but we've still got an exciting line-up for our audiences."

And despite the rain, Saturday Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro took to the main stage along with a host of other acts including the Saturdays.

Video highlights

Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen

Two Door Cinema Club - Sun

Dizzee Rascale & Robbie Williams - Going Crazy

Rita Ora – Radioactive

Rudimental – Waiting All Night (feat. Ella Eyre)

J Cole – Power Trip

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