About Big Weekend - Radio 1's Big Weekend 2011

On Radio 1

Greg James

16:00 – 17:45 // In the studio next is Newsbeat

14 & 15 May 2011

Carlisle, Cumbria

About Big Weekend
Big Weekend revellers

Discover UK's biggest free ticketed music event

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend is the first major British music festival of the year and always attracts big UK and worldwide artists. So if you want to see the new names who'll dominate the summer's festivals, this is the place.

There will be live music across four stages, and you will be able to keep up to date with all the weekend's festivities on: Radio 1, BBC Three on TV, on the Red Button and live here on the Big Weekend website.

Where is this year's Radio 1 Big Weekend?

Carlisle, Cumbria! Find out more.

What happens at Radio 1's Big Weekend?

Across the Main stage, In New Music We Trust stage, Outdoor Stage and BBC Introducing stage there is a varied mix of UK and international artists - from household names, to brand new artists championed by Radio 1 DJs.

Who's played at Big Weekend?

The Prodigy, Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal, Snow Patrol, Akon, Calvin Harris, Madonna, MGMT, Usher, The Enemy, Nelly, Editors, The Raconteurs, Justin Bieber, Kasabian, Scissor Sisters, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Gnarls Barkley, Keane, Muse, Pendulum, Pink, Primal Scream, Razorlight, Sugababes, Foo Fighters, Chemical Brothers, Black Eyed Peas, Vampire Weekend, Gwen Stefani, Destiny's Child, Alicia Keys, Cheryl Cole, Basement Jaxx, White Stripes, Stereophonics, Travis, Dido, Ash, Kelis, Faithless, The Streets, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Kaiser Chiefs, Maximo Park, Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip and more.

How did Big Weekend start?

Radio 1's Big Weekend grew from the incredibly popular One Big Sundays - free open-air shows with top pop acts. When 100,000 people turned up to the Leicester show it was clear we were on to something good.

So it became One Big Weekend, spanning two days. Held under Europe's biggest tent (capacity 10,000 a day), it came to Manchester, Cardiff, Londonderry and Birmingham.

And the crowds kept growing. In 2005 we moved to Sunderland and a second tent went up, taking numbers to 15,000. With a new name, Radio 1's Big Weekend was born. Recently the event has been to Dundee, Preston, Maidstone and Swindon. Bangor was a blissful weekend between mountains and lakes and now another part of the UK is set to play host to the UK's biggest free ticketed music event.

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