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Dance music fans launch festival

Dance music fans have got the celebrations under way at Radio 1's Big Weekend festival as the first acts took to the stage.

A host of top DJs are kick-starting the festival with an outdoor party in Glasgow's George Square, with Pete Tong, Tiesto, Danny Howard and Martin Garrix all performing to the 14,000-strong crowd.

One Direction are set to open the main weekend-long event in Glasgow Green today.

Up to 50,000 revellers will attend the festival today and Sunday to watch a line-up including, Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Coldplay and Bastille.

Calvin Harris, Pharrell, Jake Bugg, Lily Allen and Ed Sheeran will also perform today.

Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac and Zane Lowe starred in last night's party.

Pete Tong said: "It's always a great thrill and great honour. I don't think we've ever gone on a full-out manner on a Friday for the dance and electronic DJs.

"It's good and nice to be able to do it in the middle of the city. Usually the history of BBC Radio 1 Weekends have been on the outskirts in a field somewhere. It's unique. We won't forget this one.

"Glasgow crowds have always been noisy, that's never changed from the days of the rave scene.

"Seeing Calvin (Harris) will be special. I'm sure there will be an incredible reaction."

Kings of Leon, The Vamps, John Newman, Rita Ora, The 1975, Tinie Tempah and Paolo Nutini will all perform tomorrow, with Perry closing the festival.

Martin Garrix said: "I remember the last time I played here, it was great. The crowd had so much energy. They jumped the whole time. It's going to be fun tonight.

"I'm going to test out some new stuff. I'm excited for the reaction."

Speaking after playing to the crowd, Zane Lowe said: "We've been looking forward to this since we found out. Glasgow as a city, as a place that appreciates music, culture and art and likes to have a good time."

"Every artist that you talk to, like the amount of interviews I've done and they've said we played Scotland - it's amazing!"


From Belfast Telegraph