11 reasons to get excited for Radio 1's Big Weekend 2019
Radio 1's Big Weekend just got BIGGER! A Friday night event? Yes! Three more acts added to the line up? YES!
We already know 24, 25 & 26 May are going to be the best days of 2019, but in case you weren’t already ridiculously excited, here’s why you should be.
1. You can watch it all on the live stream!
We will provide you with three live streams featuring sets direct from Middlesbrough. You'll be able to watch on your laptop, on your TV, or on the move. Easy as that.
2. Stewart Park will open on Friday night for an epic night of dance!
How do you make Big Weekend even bigger? Book out Middlesbrough's Stewart Park for an extra day!
On Friday 24 May, Radio 1 will host an event with superstar producer Mark Ronson, Annie Mac, MK, Danny Howard, Wilkinson x Sub Focus x Dimension, and Purple Disco Machine. What a massive line up.
3. The almighty Stormzy returns
The King of Grime is coming to Big Weekend's on Saturday, two years on from an unforgettable set in Hull. He’s already been announced as a Glastonbury 2019 headliner and he's topped the charts with Vossi Bop, so it doesn’t get much bigger than this.
And on the evidence of recent festival appearances, Stormzy knows how to bring the party. Tens of thousands of people jumping in the air to Big For Your Boots? Yes please.
4. Pop’s finest will be there
Get ready to bow down to Pop Queen Miley Cyrus, who we announced for Big Weekend back in February. She’ll be bringing smash-hit single Nothing Breaks Like a Heart and classics like Wrecking Ball and We Can’t Stop to Middlesbrough's Main Stage.
And she’ll be joined in Stewart Park by Little Mix, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Zara Larsson and Jess Glynne – a who’s who of pop royalty. How many Number 1 hits can you fit into a weekend? We’re about to find out.
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5. We’re getting back-to-back indie anthems
Festivals are all about standing in a field and screaming the lyrics to indie classics, and we’re getting plenty of those at Big Weekend 2019.
Catfish & the Bottlemen, Two Door Cinema Club and The Amazons have anthems in spades, BRIT Album of the Year winners The 1975 are joined by label-mates Pale Waves, newcomer Sam Fender is already a festival superstar in-waiting, and the brilliant Vampire Weekend are back in 2019 with new music. Get ready to sing your heart out.
6. The world’s biggest bands are getting involved
Bands don’t get much more gigantic than rockers Bring Me the Horizon, the banjo-tastic Mumford & Sons and modern icons The 1975 – the latter headline the Main Stage on Sunday. All of them could sell out a festival on their own, if they had to.
Turns out they’re all coming to Big Weekend. Not bad, really.
7. Dave will be bringing his Psychodrama to Teesside
He's just topped the charts with debut album Psychodrama – next step in Dave's plan for world domination is a massive set at Big Weekend. He plays the The 1 for New Music Stage on Sunday, before playing Parklife and Reading + Leeds Festival later this summer.
This looks like being one of the most must-see sets of the weekend.
8. The future of pop is out in force
This year's line-up reads like a perfect guide to pop's future superstars.
Mabel and Khalid already have several Top 10 hits to their name, HRVY ruled at last year’s Radio 1 Teen Awards and we can’t wait to see him again, and the incredibly talented Billie Eilish (who’s only 17!) will be making her Big Weekend debut on the Main Stage.
Eilish's recent performance at BBC Maida Vale showcased exactly why the she's already hit over a billion streams worldwide.
9. It’s time to get emosh
It’s okay to cry, and chances are we’ll be sobbing collectively to some of pop’s most beautiful ballads.
Chart-toppers Lewis Capaldi and James Arthur are both performing, and those guys know how to bring out the feels. Plus, Jess Glynne’s self-acceptance anthem Thursday is sure to make an appearance. In other words, bring a pack of tissues.
10. We’ll be getting our rave on
Raving isn't just for the Friday night – some of dance's biggest names will be showing up across the whole weekend.
UK producer Sigala plays Saturday, and Ibiza-magnet Jax Jones will be bringing some huge hits on Sunday. It’s time to get working on your best moves.
11. Hip-hop heavyweights are bringing the noise
Stormzy isn’t the only massive hip-hop name coming to Big Weekend. Grammy winner Future will be taking his Mask Off for a huge set on Saturday.
And then there’s Fredo, the drill star who’s risen up the ranks and conquered the charts. He recently delivered an incredible freestyle for 1Xtra Rap Show host Tiffany Calver, and his future looks bright. Plus newcomer Slowthai is one of several future superstars playing the BBC Music Introducing Stage.