BBC Radio 1 is holding its annual Big Weekend festival for the 17th year. This year the fantastic festival is set to begin 22/05/2020 and end 24/05 – Camperdown Park, Dundee – Scotland. Tickets have not been released yet and the release date is to be confirmed.
An incredible group of acts have already been announced, and we haven’t even heard the full lineup yet. One performer to be excited for is Dua Lipa, chart topper and Grammy award winner, who is soon to release her second album ‘Future Nostalgia’. It is confirmed that Dua will perform new music, and although it is uncertain whether the full album will have officially been released by the date of her performance, it is highly likely that we will be hearing it soon – let’s hope so! The singer said “Can’t wait to perform some tracks from the new album for you guys”.
Former Fifth Harmony star Camila Cabello will be returning to the event before embarking on her worldwide tour of new album ‘Romance’, released 06/12/2019/. The tour will run from 26/05/2020 – Oslo Spektrum – Norway until 26/09 – AmericanAirlines Arena – Miami, Florida. Cabello is buzzing for the festival, saying “Radio 1 has been a huge part of my journey over the last few years so I am beyond excited to be coming back to Big Weekend!”.
Another artist with a recent second album release, Harry Styles, was announced in the lineup. Styles has already begun performing ‘Live on Tour’, the tour for ‘Fine Line’, which was released 13/12/2019. This means that the artist will take time out to perform at Big Weekend before continuing, and that we’re likely to hear many songs from the album, including lead single ‘Lights Up’.
Currently the only other artists to have been confirmed are Calvin Harris, AJ Tracey, and Biffy Clyro. More artists will be announced on Radio 1 over the next few weeks, with plenty to look forward to, as the headline acts are yet to be revealed.
Previous years have seen some amazing artists take to the Big Weekend stage. Last year Billie Eilish performed, as well as Lewis Capaldi and Sam Fender, all of whom have tours running this year.
Eilish walked home with 5 Grammy awards last week, so it would not be a surprise if she appeared on the Radio 1 stage again this year. Taylor Swift has also been a part of the event before, and is planning quite a few festival appearances in 2020, which suggests the possibility of her headlining.
The event’s location changes every year – last year it was held in Middlesbrough, and before then, locations varied from Glasgow to Exeter. Fans will travel far and wide to watch, buying tickets as soon as they go on sale so as not to miss out.
In 2019 BBC said that there were 32,000 tickets available for each day, which all sold out. This year looks to be the same, possibly even more popular. However, for people who are unable to obtain tickets, the show will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 1.