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Radio 1 announces One Big Weekend line-up

Category : Radio 1; Music Live; Northern Ireland

Date : 02.04.2004
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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 and Spoony.


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 are gone.


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


7.00-10.00am Spoony

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 Van Buuren


Sunday 25 April


7.00-10.00am Spoony

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 traditional radio.


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 Forum;


and from 27 to 30 April Christ Church in Derry hosts four classical concerts for Radio 3 featuring four of the best Irish pianists.


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.



Category : Radio 1; Music Live; Northern Ireland
Date : 02.04.2004
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