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The best backstage photos from Big Weekend 2019

Behind the scenes we got up-close and personal with Big Weekend's finest, capturing the moments before they hit the stage in Middlesbrough.

Stormzy storms the stage

Anne-Marie prepares her game face

Billie Eilish gets a glimpse of the crowd

Little Mix get ready to conquer the Main Stage

Jax Jones' impressive backing group wait backstage

Zara Larsson gives a team talk

Charli XCX kicks the party off early

Rita Ora gets ready to face the music

Dave enjoys a quiet moment

Ellie Goulding gets a pre-show pep talk from Clara Amfo

Pale Waves' Heather Baron-Gracie gets stage-ready

Sigala turns the backstage area into a VIP party