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The definitive A-Z of Radio 1's Big Weekend 2017

What. A. Weekend.

Radio 1's Big Weekend is over for another year and we are sad to be leaving the city of Hull behind us after two days of incredible pop music and 50,000 even more incredible Radio 1 listeners.

We took pop royalty, rock and roll legends and the hottest new stars in music to the UK's capital of culture for a not-so-dirty weekend. Here's what happened.

A: alt-J

Alphabetically speaking, alt-J kick everything off for us, but at Big Weekend, they performed second to last on the Sunday on the Where It Begins stage.

B: Big No.1 hits

Zara Larsson couldn't perform with Clean Bandit on the Sunday at Big Weekend, but the band's touring vocalists absolutely smashed this performance of their No.1 hit.

C: Choreography

No other pop star has moves like Christine and The Queens.

D: Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa nailed her solo performance of Lost In Your Light at Big Weekend, but we can't wait for her Live Lounge performance with Miguel on Friday 2 June 2017.

E: Exclusives

Not only did Rita Ora perform brand new track Girls at Big Weekend, she brought Charli XCX and Raye on stage to perform the future smash with her.

F: Flawless harmonies

Because no one (NO ONE) does it quite like Little Mix.

G: Get down from there

Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers flaunted the health and safety guidelines when he performed on top of bandmate Alex Pall's DJ decks.

H: Hunks on the phone

If you hear a phone ringing at Big Weekend, you should definitely answer it. Why? Because it might just be Shawn Mendes on the other end of the line.

I: Inspirational messages

Many stars paid tribute to those who died in Manchester bombing at Big Weekend including Saturday headliner Katy Perry. She dedicated her performance of Part Of Me to the city.

J: Jamaica - give it some credit!

Sean Paul brought some Kingston sounds to Big Weekend but told Radio 1's Newsbeat that he wants to hear more artists crediting Jamaica when they use dancehall elements in their music.

"I just want to hear more [artists] saying, 'Jamaica, big up,' because otherwise kids don't know where it comes from," he said backstage.

Read the full interview here

K: Kasabian, the kings of indie

Festival veterans and 2014 Glastonbury headliners, Kasabian brought some old school indie swagger to the proceedings.

L: Legends

Kings Of Leon headlined on the Sunday night at Big Weekend, bringing some of the most iconic rock hits of the past two decades to the grand finale of this incredible weekend.

M: Minute's silence

The crowds fell silent at 3pm as a mark of respect to the people of Manchester.

N: New stars

Among the superstars were performances from incredible new talents such as JP Cooper (who sings September Song and Jonas Blue's Perfect Strangers).


O: Outdoor singalongs

When you've scored one of the biggest No. 1s of the past year, like James Arthur, you've earned the right to ask thousands of fans to sing the chorus for you.

P: Parents and how to live with them

As a family band, Haim know a thing or two about spending time with parents and siblings, and the trio gave Newsbeat their tips for keeping things harmonious at home.

"Wake up as early as possible and leave the house, so you don't have to deal with them in the morning," said Alana.

"Still say please and thank you, always," added Este.

Read the full interview here

Q: Queens of pop

Lana Del Rey is a rare visitor to the UK, especially for live performances, so her appearance on the Big Weekend stage was extra special.

R: Rock and roll

Royal Blood brought it and they brought it HARD.

S: Statement trousers

We can't help but look down at our jeans and feel terribly underwhelmed, compared to what Lorde wore on the Big Weekend main stage.

T: Tattoos

Ask yourself; if you see Biffy Clyro live and Simon Neil doesn't get his kit off, did you really see Biffy Clyro live?

U: Undisputed anthems of 2017

Big For Your Boots is one of the biggest tunes of the year and you know what? Stormzy's anthem sounded even better under that famous Hull sunshine.

V: V.big beats

If there's one act guaranteed to get a party started and get it started right, it's Galantis.

W: Worldwide superstars

Imagine Dragons left the Las Vegas desert behind them for a showstopping performance of their epic new tune Thunder (of which there was NONE at Big Weekend).

X: Excellent shirts

We thought Shawn Mendes was wearing the best shirt of the day until we saw what Kieran from Circa Waves had pulled out of his suitcase. Who wore it best?

Y: Years & years

No, not the London pop group, but the fact that some of our Big Weekend performers have been together for two decades.

It's not all about the fresh faces and rising talent, this amazing weekend of live music also paid its respects to some of the longest-running names in the music business.

Find out more about the bands who have been together for longer than you think here

Z: Zara's phonebox prank

Zara Larsson pranked her fans, with a little help from Radio 1's Scott Mills.

Find out more about what happened at Big Weekend here