Category : Radio
Date : 02.04.2004
As part of
BBC Music Live, BBC Radio 1 has revealed the line up for the
first of its own unique mini festivals in 2004.
One Big Weekend takes place on 24 and 25
April in Prehen Fields, Londonderry.
The event will take place across two days, offering
20,000 music fans the chance to come and enjoy a mix of world class
DJs and live artists, all for free.
Over the weekend Saturdays will be dedicated to dance
and Sundays given over to live artists and bands.
On Saturday 24 April the day runs from 1.00pm until
10.30pm and the massive Saturday line-up is Faithless, Pete
Tong, Seb Fontaine, Judge Jules, Fergie,
Armin Van Buuren, Agnelli & Nelson and Tall Paul.
Local clubnight Deep Fried Funk and Celtronic DJs join
forces to present a second stage showcasing the best local DJs.
On Sunday 25 April it's a day of amazing live music
from a bill of bands that really matter.
Live on stage are Kelis, Franz Ferdinand,
The Streets, Avril Lavigne, Ash and Keane.
Doors for the event are open from 11.00am until 7.00pm
and hosts on the stage will be Radio 1 DJs Chris Moyles, Colin
Murray, Edith Bowman, Vernon Kaye, Scott Mills
Jason Carter, Executive Producer, Live Music & Events,
Radio 1, said: "We are delighted to be bringing Radio 1's One Big
Weekend to the city as part of BBC Music Live.
"It's another massive OBW line-up and one that
20,000 people will get to see, and all for free.
"There has been unprecedented excitement and anticipation
locally over our plans for these shows, now it's all confirmed, with
a top class bill, the huge tent will have a fantastic atmosphere.
"If you're not lucky enough to get hold of a ticket,
you can hear it all live on Radio 1."
Derry Mayor, Councillor Shaun Gallagher said: "We
are delighted to welcome BBC Music Live and One Big Weekend to the city.
"This is a unique event, which puts us centre-stage
in a marathon programme of music that will appeal
to audiences across the region.
"The city has an excellent reputation for hosting
international events and I am in no doubt that participants and audiences
will enjoy the welcome and warmth which the city is famous for."
The One Big Weekend ticketed event will be free to attend
and 10,000 tickets will be available for each day.
Radio 1 will host two special ticket giveaways on Saturday
10 April and Friday 16 April in Guildhall Square, Derry to give everyone
the chance to get hold of the biggest ticket in town.
The ticket office opens at 5.00pm on Saturday 10 and
8.00am on Friday 16.
The ticket offices will close once all the tickets
In addition to One Big Weekend, Radio 1 will be holding
an evening of workshops, seminars, demo-listening and music business
advice sessions hosted by Scott Mills at the Nerve Centre in Derry on
Friday 23 April from 5.00 to 9.00pm, all for free.
On air broadcast schedule live from Londonderry
Saturday 24 April
10.00am-1.00pm Vernon Kay
1.00-3.00pm Scott Mills
5.00-9.00pm Judge Jules and Seb Fontaine with live music
from the event
2.00-4.00am Essential Mix featuring Tall Paul and Armin
Sunday 25 April
10.00am-1.00pm Vernon Kay
1.00-4.00pm Scott Mills - live music from the event
7.00-9.00pm Chris Moyles - One Big Rewind - performances from the event
Notes to Editors
Digital radio channel 1Xtra BBC makes its debut at Music
Live with the best talent in Hip Hop, RnB and Drum and Bass.
On 1 May from 11.00pm to 3.00am, 1Xtra will broadcast
a twin-city R&B special live from the Milk Bar, Belfast and The
Vaults, Dublin with RnB DJs Manny Norte, Ronnie Herel and Seani B.
From 12 April listeners in Northern Ireland will get
an exclusive chance to listen to BBC digital radio networks on FM radio.
1Xtra and 6 Music will be available on 89.5 FM for six weeks, offering
listeners a chance to listen to the new, digital-only networks through
After three weeks, on 4 May from 10.00pm to midnight,
a joint concert simulcast on 1Xtra and 6 Music will mark the handover
of the FM signal and 1Xtra will occupy 89.5 FM for three weeks until
1.00am on 24 May.
The free concert is also the grand finale of Music Live
and is headlined by Roni Size and presented by 6 Music's Craig Charles
and 1Xtra's Rodney P and Skitz.
The concert features the best of the two networks with
1Xtra's drum 'n' bass DJ Bailey, London rapper Ty, rising female D&B
MC from New Zealand Tali, plus top Belfast D&B DJ Calibre.
In addition to One Big Weekend, Derry is hosting other
BBC Music Live highlights:
Big Band Special - Latin Extravaganza at The Millennium
Forum 25 April;
Friday Night Is Music Night - Stephen Sondheim Special
with Maria Ewing and Brian Kennedy on 28 April, again at The Millennium
and from 27 to 30 April Christ Church in Derry hosts
four classical concerts for Radio 3 featuring four of the best Irish
The BBC Music Live festival runs throughout Northern
Ireland from 23 April to 3 May and brings more than 100 concerts across
all genres of music, most of them free, to the public.
Street parties and educational initiatives plus opportunities
for new bands combine with top international artists and the best of
Irish talent to make Northern Ireland the music capital of the world
for the 11 days of the festival.