Pharrell and The 1975 to play Radio 1's Big Weekend

  • 24 March 2014
  • From the section Music

Pharrell and The 1975 have been added to the line-up for Radio 1's Big Weekend.

They join previously announced acts Rita Ora and Paolo Nutini on the bill for the festival.

The station's flagship event will be held at the city's Glasgow Green on 24 and 25 May.

The new additions were announced by Nick Grimshaw on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

The 1975
The 1975 have been added to the line-up

Pharrell said: "I am so excited and honoured to be playing Radio 1's Big Weekend. Over the years I've been in awe of the amazing world class talent at the event and to know that I will be a part of it this year is so humbling. Can't wait to see you guys!"

The Happy singer will perform on Saturday 24 May and The 1975 will perform on Sunday 25 May.

Matthew Healy the singer from The 1975, who also performed at 2013's Big Weekend in Londonderry, said: "It's going to be great. It's a cool thing, everyone gets really hyped up because it's like a home town thing."

"The thing is with us, everything happened so quickly. So we went from never playing a festival ever, and then in the first year we play every one that we wanted to and they were all amazing."

Annie Mac
DJs Annie Mac and others will kick off Radio 1's Big Weekend in May.

DJs including Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Danny Howard and Zane Lowe will kick off the Big Weekend with a huge outdoor party.

They will be joined by some of the world's biggest DJs on Friday 23 May to host the event for 14,000 music fans live from George Square.

Other DJs involved in the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Headline artists and the rest of the line-up for the event will be announced on Radio 1 over the coming months.

Paolo Nutini (left), Rita Ora and BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw following his BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, which was broadcast from BBC Scotland in Glasgow.
Paolo Nutini (left) and Rita Ora were the first acts named on the line-up

Last year's event was headlined by Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro and Bruno Mars.

Radio 1's Big Weekend is now in its 11th year.

In the lead up to Big Weekend, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Learning will also open the doors to Radio 1's Academy from 10-16 May.

During the week, Radio 1 hopes to inspire local 16 to 19-year-olds by inviting them to attend a series of radio shows, master classes and Q&As.

Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro were one of the headliners of the 2013 Big Weekend

Big Weekend will be broadcast live on Radio 1, 1Xtra and streamed on the Radio 1 website.

Highlights will also be broadcast live on BBC Three.

Further ticketing details will be announced on 31 March. Listeners will need to stay tuned to BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra for details.

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