How do you follow Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012? That was the challenge facing my team and I as we set about booking artists for Radio 1's Big Weekend Derry~Londonderry 2013. Thankfully I think we have achieved our goal of delivering another world class line-up that represents the unique and exciting breadth of music played on Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Hip Hop fans will get to see chart toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wretch 32 and US superstars, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Rock connoisseurs will hear Bring Me The Horizon, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Paramore and to climax Saturday, the barn storming Biffy Clyro.

DJ Fresh, Chase & Status, Rudimental and the 'Bassline Junkie' himself, Mr Dizzee Rascal feature in our Bass line-up, while fans of dance music will be catered for by the return of Katy B and hot young things Disclosure,   Radio 1's very own Pete Tong, and on Friday night, a climactic performance from one of the world's biggest DJs, Calvin Harris.

Pop is covered too with Rita Ora, Olly Murs, The Saturdays, The Script and our ultimate Sunday night headliner, Bruno Mars, one of the most entertaining live performers in the world.

And that's just for starters, because frankly, Radio 1's Big Weekend is brimming with a long list of incredible talent. Embarrassingly, I can't just list them all. Go on a journey of new musical discovery or party on down to huge Top 40 hits: we have it all covered. The young people of Derry~Londonderry are in for a rare treat because the truth is, many of the acts will never have been anywhere near the city before.

For those without a ticket we have the event fully covered, with live performances on Radio 1 and 1Xtra, on red button, online, on mobile, and on Saturday and Sunday evening on BBC Three. Once the weekend is over, we’ll be offering the highlights with on demand video available from every artist on the bill.

It takes a year of hard work to bring together Radio 1's Big Weekend and all of its elements, from our outreach and social action work at Radio 1's Academy to the weekend itself and the infrastructure required to make it a safe and fantastically enjoyable event for all who attend, but when you see the smiles on thousands of young faces (all potential listeners!) it's absolutely worth it. 

George Ergatoudis is Head of Music for Radio 1 and 1Xtra.


  • The Radio 1 Big Weekend in Derry/Londonderry runs from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May 2013. 
  • Full details about the line-up, running order and extra on-demand video and audio is available on the Big Weekend website

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