after all the pestering the poor staff here at BBC Birmingham
I finally got tickets to the One Big Weekend, on the Sunday,
the bands day - yay! Not only were they tickets but photo
.so I was going there as a photographer-
but I'll tell you bout this little episode later!
I'm here at the almighty Perry Park, placed my 'pass' on my
jumper and away I went!
atmosphere was brilliant; it just felt like a big festival.
The site was really friendly and nice too, there were good
food stalls including the dreaded Chinese noodles stall which
haunts me at every festival, Eww!
were also merchandise stalls and then the two tents, oops
and not forgetting the sumo ring, wow, I wanted a go but my
wouldn't let me - Spoil sport!
After having a nose about there, we headed to the big green
sign saying 'Guest Area' I wasn't quite sure where I could
go with these passes but went there anyhow and got in.
cool Roxy it's Vernon Kay...
I glanced to my right and saw Vernon Kay, holy smokes! I thought
act cool Rox,- look around a bit first, but no, I couldn't
hold out any longer and went over. He was really cool, and
drank out of my 7UP can
did the whole, 'Hi, I'm working, can I have a pic thing' but
inside I was going
. 'Oh My God! Its Vernon Kay and he's
So after all this excitement I went back to mix in the 'normal'
park started to fill up now and the atmosphere was even more
buzzing! I wondered into the second stage tent and one of
the best bands I have ever heard live was playing - The Departure,
they were mega. I shall definitely be enquiring about them,
they looked good as a band and sounded ace!
went for a nose about and found these some girlies that spelt
out RADIO 1 - they looked brilliant! I got them to pose for
me, and then another sneaky photographer came behind and took
a picture! The girls were all local from Halesowen and a foreigner
from Essex! I Then heard screaming from the main tent so went
back to see what that was all about.
as I had this photographers pass, I was allowed right underneath
the stage at the front, no one else was allowed here, even
if you had a photo pass without a camera you wasn't even allowed
to stand there.
picture this - a little blonde girl with a little digital
camera in the mitts of about 10 other photographers using
professional cameras with metre long lenses! My friend found
it highly amusing.
didn't care though, I was there right in the photographers
scrum and might I add, I got some whopping pictures. I should
After all the excitement of Razorlight and me over doing the
poor camera - the battery went, yes, oh yes. I was gutted!
Did I take a spare? No, of course not it's me! I couldn't
take anymore pictures of the bands and I wanted loads of the
crowds, but no.
after lots and lots of contemplating, I went on the search
for a battery. No good. Oh well, i'm supposed to be a reporter
.so off I went to report - well, after dinner.
I had dinner sitting on the table next to Chris Moyles may
My personal highlights were Natasha Bedingfield, Razorlight,
The Departures and Kasabian.
I personally thought Natasha Bedingfield was amazing, brilliant
live and full of energy. The cover she sung of Maroon 5's
song with Estelle was very impressive and got the crowd going
and she looked stunning!
was the highlight for me, absolutely fantastic, the musical
talent is amazing and boy, Johnny can sing. I was overwhelmed
by how good they were. In my eyes, they should of head lined.
were amazing ...
guitarist Tommy was very popular with the ladies and all you
could hear was
'Tommy, Tommy, I LOVE YOU!'
think I may have put the other guitarist off though, because
I was the miniature photographer in the scrum singing my socks
off and not taking pictures, and he kept looking bewilderingly
as always were very good, they always perform well.
I missed 'The Music' which I was gutted about!
And finally my hero's GLC, they where amazing, I went to watch
them at the side of the stage and I was the only excited one
doing all the hand movements, bet all the other professionals
thought 'amateur', but you cant help but bop to the mighty
Throughout the day and after it was all over - I went on the
rampage to see your views and comments:
Allan from Lichfield:
"I loved Razorlight, I got right to the front for them
and Mouldie Looking Stain were hilarious - that was my highlight
seeing Chris Moyles in a dog costume, Legend!"
Harper from Perry Barr:
"The Lost Prophets totally rocked, what a great end to
a great day, they even got the crowd all moshing, was wicked!"
Stratton all the way from Leeds:
"Estelle was awful, I nearly went to the toilets to gets
some tissue to insert into my ears."
(She wasn't that bad!)
Hixton from Aston:
"Natasha Bedingfield was really good, I enjoyed that
lots. And Damien Rice was amazing, his voice is just brilliant!"
So, that was my last day as Roxy Harley reporting for the
BBC, what a brilliant last assignment. Twas one of my best
days ever, ever! I would just like to say even though I had
these passes, you cannot beat being in the crowd.
I was in there 'moshing' to the Lost Prophets, even though
they did try to cover a Strokes song, I enjoyed every second!!
had a brilliant time doing this for the BBC and would like
to thank them, they're most kind! A big fat thank you to all
the online team too and especially Sarah Loat - Thanks Chicken
- I sound like I've just won an Oscar, again!
I've had a truly fandabby-dosy time and it shall be sown into
my memories for ever.
1 website and re-live One Big Weekend in Birmingham.
See the photos, listen again to Fat Boy Slim and loads more....