Radio 1’s Big Weekend Line-Up Announced

Bruno Mars, Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris to headline BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2013 in Derry~Londonderry.

Bruno Mars, Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris have been announced as the headliners for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2013 in Derry~Londonderry.

Nick Grimshaw broke the news this morning on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, announcing over 40 of the biggest and hottest bands and artists playing over three days in one of Europe’s largest free music festivals.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend Derry~Londonderry 2013 takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in the heart of the city at Ebrington Square and Venue 2013. On Friday 24 May, the focus will be on dance music and 1Xtra; while Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May will feature a Main Stage and In New Music We Trust Stage.

The Friday night BBC Radio 1Xtra and Dance event will also include DJ sets from some Radio 1 and 1Xtra talent, including dance legend Pete Tong; Zane Lowe; MistaJam; carnival bassline hostess B-Traits; Toddla T; and Dance Anthems DJ Danny Howard.

The full line up was revealed and the following acts will be joining Olly Murs and Two Door Cinema Club, who were announced earlier this year:

Friday: Calvin Harris / Chase And Status / Dizzee Rascal

Rita Ora / A$AP Rocky / J. Cole / Rudimental Live/ Wiley / Maverick Sabre / Katy B / AlunaGeorge / Angel Haze / Pete Tong / Zane Lowe / MistaJam / B Traits / Toddla T / Danny Howard

Saturday: Biffy Clyro / The Vaccines / Two Door Cinema Club

DJ Fresh / Labrinth / Foals / Kendrick Lamar / Ellie Goulding / Conor Maynard / The Saturdays / Alt-J / Bring Me The Horizon / The 1975 / Iggy Azalea / Kodaline / Laura Mvula / Frightened Rabbit

Sunday: Bruno Mars / Paramore / Thirty Seconds To Mars

Vampire Weekend / The Script / Olly Murs / Jake Bugg / Wretch 32 / Little Mix /Disclosure / Bastille / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Everything Everything / Jessie Ware /Miles Kane / We Are The Ocean / HAIM

Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra says: ‘This event is my favourite moment of the year – watching a great crowd sing along to amazing artists makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.’

Tickets for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Derry~Londonderry 2013 were released on Wednesday 17 April and were snapped up in just under one hour.

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be broadcast live on Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra and streamed online at, the Red Button and on mobile. It will also be broadcast on BBC Three with highlights from acts across the weekend.

In the lead up to the main event, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Learning will also embark on a special week of local engagement and outreach activity in the area – opening the doors to Radio 1’s Academy from Saturday 11 to Friday 17 May 2013.

During the week, young people in Derry~Londonderry will be invited to attend Radio 1’s Academy and take part in a series of workshops and masterclasses covering a range of topics including music, business, radio, design, TV production, event management, digital media and journalism, and gaming. There will be inspirational sessions with people who have made it to the top of their profession, as well as practical advice and skills on offer to help young people take the next steps in their careers.

Further details of the Academy can be found here: