Monday 28 Jul 2014
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May on BBC THREE
As 40,000 North Wales music fans flock to Bangor's Vaynol Estate for the UK's biggest free ticketed festival – Radio 1's Big Weekend, featuring the best in modern music across four stages, including Florence and the Machine, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Dizzee Rascal, Pendulum and Cheryl Cole – BBC Programme Information catches up with Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, who presents highlights of the event for BBC Three viewers.
Which acts are you most looking forward to seeing?
I can't wait for Biffy Clyro – to see them rise to the success they so deserve is brilliant. I interviewed Bombay Bicycle Club last year, their first proper interview before they played on the BBC Introducing Stage; they are one of my favourite new bands and live, they absolutely nail it every time. I am a little bit obsessed with 30 Seconds To Mars, so I guess I will be right down the front for that one.
What's been your favourite festival moment?
My favourite festival moment was definitely a couple of years ago, watching my other half [Editors front man Tom Smith] play second to top on the other stage at Glastonbury. I was so proud I had tears in my eyes. They had the crowd totally with them and I never get bored watching them live. They are going to absolutely rock it at Glastonbury again this year. I can't wait.
What's your ideal festival line-up?
That is such a hard question and would probably change on a daily basis! Here are a dozen bands I would love on a festival bill tomorrow: Editors; Jay-Z (and Beyonce); The National; Kylie; We Are Scientists; Blur; Nirvana; Doves; Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Chemical Brothers; Gorillaz; Frank Sinatra.
What is special about this year's venue?
What Radio 1's big weekend likes to do is take this amazing event to places that are not on the usual touring route. I have never been to Bangor but I have heard wonderful things about it with Snowdon in the background and the very idyllic scenery. I am also looking forward to a new place and the new people who are going to have the weekend of their lives.
Have you any fond memories of Wales?
No, not really, I've not spent much time there. They have made some awesome bands though, Manic Street Preachers and Super Furry Animals to name but two.
Your tips for having a good festival?
Pace yourself. Don't ruin it by trying to cram everything in at once. Make a bit of a plan of what you want to do but also surprise yourself and do things that are new to you. See bands you have never heard of and widen your musical taste goalposts – you might surprise yourself. Oh, and don't forget to pack the dry shampoo!
How will you balance what you wear on the TV with worrying about the weather?!
I have worked festivals for long enough to learn to not worry about the weather! It gets boring when people go on about the weather all the time. Get into it and it becomes insignificant – just pack a good cagoule!
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