Unmissable performances from Big Weekend UK 2020
Big Weekend 2020 is Radio 1's first virtual festival, so you know what that means: you don't have to miss a thing! No long toilet queues making you miss your favourite act, or friends dragging you to a different stage.
Sam Smith’s set had all the feels
Sam Smith's Big Weekend set was as atmospheric as their hazy beautifully-lit backdrop. Performing a stripped-back set from home, Sam opted for the big heartstring-tuggers: early fan faves 'I'm Not The Only One' and 'Stay With Me', recent single 'How Do You Sleep?', plus Normani collab 'Dancing With A Stranger'. It was a truly spellbinding performance.
Rita Ora was a green screen queen
Performing from home doesn't have to look like you're performing from home. Rita Ora proved just that with her rendition of 'How Not To Be Lonely', which made great use of virtual backgrounds. Our faves? Either the bubble bath duck at sea one or the house of balloons.
Niall Horan was armed with an acoustic guitar
"This is obviously different, these are odd times," Niall said halfway through his Big Weekend virtual set. To mark Radio 1's first virtual festival, the former 1D star decided to do something a bit different - performing a very intimate and acoustic set. He went on to add: "Watching the world come together and creating like this is different and really cool. It's something that we should keep up, even after we get back to normality. It's nice to see people creating this way, and doing more collab-ing online, and things like this."
Anne-Marie was pop perfection
"I'm going to be doing some songs that hopefully everyone will know," Anne-Marie said at the start of her virtual Big Weekend set, which saw the star backed remotely by a full band (all connected via video link, of course). Serving up a trio of her most memorable hits ('2002', 'Birthday' and 'Friends'), it'd be impossible for fans to not be singing along at home.
Jonas Brothers lit up the weekend
Biffy Clyro put on an epic display
'Tiny Indoor Fireworks' was a perfect song for Biffy Clyro to kick off their virtual Big Weekend set with. Not only would the crux of its chorus resonate with many right now ("And I’ll pray for the better days!") but it's title was apt too. Performing from a makeshift inside tent, and with images from festival crowd projected behind them, the Scottish band were in explosive form right from the start.
YUNGBLUD captured that festival feeling
Anyone fearing that artists wouldn't be able to completely get into feeling the mood without a crowd to feed off were proved entirely wrong with YUNGBLUD's stormer of a Radio 1 Stage set on Saturday. "Big Weekend, are you ready?" Dom yelped at the start of his band's performance. "In your bedrooms, I want you to jump, jump, jump, jump!" Storming through his pop-rock belters, YUNGBLUD was all action from the get-go.
HAIM were flawless
Sean Paul brought the good vibes
"From Jamaica to the world," dancehall mega-star Sean Paul announced at the start of his Big Weekend set. It was a performance all about providing a bit of light in darkness and having a good time, with the star joined remotely for collabs with Tove Lo and Anne-Marie too.