BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw today announced that Catfish and the Bottlemen and Years & Years will perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2015, taking place at Earlham Park, Norwich on 23 and 24 May.
They will join Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine, on the line-up for the Europe’s biggest free ticketed festival which has an unrivalled reputation for attracting live performances from some of the biggest UK and international acts, bringing the nation together for a shared live music moment. Thousands of lucky music fans will be able to enjoy the 2015 event that will feature three stages including the Main Stage, In New Music We Trust Stage and the BBC Introducing Stage.
The full line-up, including headline artists, for Radio 1’s flagship music event will be revealed on Radio 1 next month.
Fifty thousand lucky music fans will be given the opportunity to get tickets across the two-day event. From Tuesday 31 March at 8am, tickets will be given away in pairs, with 25,000 available for each day. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Those hoping to obtain tickets will not need to register in advance – however demand for tickets is expected to massively exceed supply.
As with previous Big Weekends, tickets will be geographically weighted and an element of preference being given to local residents: 55 per cent of tickets will be reserved for those living within the area covered by Norwich City Council; 20 per cent will be reserved for those residents with a Norwich (NR) postcode, but outside the area covered by the City Council; 20 per cent will be reserved for residents in the surrounding East Anglian region with Ipswich (IP), Colchester (CO), Cambridge (CB) and Peterborough (PE) postcodes; with the remaining 5 per cent for other audiences across the UK.
Tickets will be available online at Radio 1’s website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ewh8q9 – and once booking opens, a link will appear to a secure site hosted by See Tickets, who are handling the ticketing process on the BBC’s behalf.
There will also be a phone number to call for those without internet access – 0844 858 9071 (calls cost 6p a minute plus standard network charges). Please note that calls to this number before 8am on Tuesday 31 March will not be answered but will still be charged. Phone lines are expected to be exceptionally busy and not everyone hoping to call is likely to get through. It is recommended that the quickest way to secure your ticket is to apply online at Radio 1’s website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ewh8q9
There is no charge for the event itself, but a handling fee of £3.50 per ticket will be applied to cover ticket handling, postage and other associated costs. Under 16s hoping to attend the event will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult who is at least 18 years old.
Radio 1’s Big Weekend is now in its 12th year and will be produced in partnership with Norwich City Council.
In the lead up to Big Weekend, for the fourth year running, Radio 1 and BBC Learning will also embark on a special week of local engagement and face-to-face activity in the area – opening the doors to Radio 1’s Academy. During the week, Radio 1 hopes to inspire local 16-19 year olds to take the next step in their careers by inviting them to attend a series of radio shows, masterclasses and Q&As. Keep listening to Radio 1 for further details.
Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be broadcasting live on Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra and streamed in vision at bbc.co.uk/radio1. Highlights will also be broadcast live on BBC Three, with all performances available after the weekend on the Radio 1 channel in BBC iPlayer (bbc.co.uk/tv/radio1).