Radio 1’s Big Weekend is Happening this Bank Holiday

Over 22nd-24th May, the BBC music festival will feature 50+ new live sets from artists homes.

We weren’t about to let lockdown get in the way of the musical start to your summer … Big Weekend will go ahead this May Bank Holiday weekend as planned (Friday 22 – Sunday 24 May 2020), but with a crucial difference: this year’s event takes place remotely for the first time.

Big Weekend UK 2020 will bring all the festival feels with over 50 brand new live sets recorded by artists from their own homes, as well as bringing back some of the most memorable performances from Big Weekends gone by for you to listen to Radio 1 and BBC Sounds, and watch on BBC iPlayer.

Performances will take place across five virtual stages: the Radio 1 Stage, the Radio 1 Dance Stage, the Headliner Stage, the 1Xtra Stage and the BBC Music Introducing Stage.

Here ‘s the line-up:

Friday 22 May is all about raving from home. Expect wall-to-wall bangers from a who’s who of the dance world on the Radio 1 Dance Stage.

Radio 1’s own Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Pete Tong will be joined by the iconic Armand Van Helden, dazzling duos Disclosure, CamelPhat, Solardo and Bicep, big name DJs High Contrast, Hannah Wants and The Black Madonna. All that, plus a massive back-to-back set from Fatboy Slim and Eats Everything. It doesn’t get any better than that.

With dance’s finest providing DJ sets, it’s over to you to turn your kitchen, bathroom, living room, anywhere into a fully-fledged club.

The party continues on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May with new performances, recorded from home, on the Radio 1 Stage, 1Xtra Stage and BBC Music Introducing Stage. And across the weekend, you’ll be able to watch classic Big Weekend performances via The Headliner Stage.

On the Radio 1 Stage, expect brand new performances from HAIM (pictured), Blossoms, Biffy Clyro, Dermot Kennedy, Sean Paul and loads more.

If the chart-topping Stay Home Live Lounge is anything to go by, it will be a chance to peek into popstars’ houses. Who will have the best selection of houseplants? Whose home studio set-up will be the slickest? Will anyone be performing with a lava lamp, like Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins did? All those questions will be answered and more.

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