BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is set to return to Dundee for its 2023 edition, taking place over the second bank holiday weekend in May.
Among the first wave of acts revealed for the three-day event are The 1975, Lewis Capaldi, Arlo Parks, Raye, Niall Horan and Anne-Marie, who are expected to perform in front of over 80,000 fans at Camperdown Park.
The BBC is no stranger to taking Radio 1’s Big Weekend to cities that are not usually host to major live events, having held previous editions in Middlesbrough, Swansea, Perth and Exeter. Last year, acts such as Harry Styles, Calvin Harris, Lorde and Foals were part of the lineup at War Memorial Park in Coventry.
Greg James, host of Radio 1’s Breakfast Show, has expressed his excitement at finally being able to fulfil the promise of bringing Radio 1’s Big Weekend to Dundee, which was planned for 2020 before being cancelled due to the pandemic. “We were gutted not to come to Dundee due to the pandemic so it’s massively exciting to finally fulfil our promise this year,” said James. “I was on holiday close to Dundee in the summer and decided I wanted to move there so doing Big Weekend nearby is just the first part of my cunning plan to get out of London. I’m glad Radio 1 have fallen for it.”
The 1975, who are wrapping up their ‘At Their Very Best’ tour of the UK in Belfast tonight (January 30th), will be making their first outdoor show of the summer at Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Last week, they brought out fellow headliner Capaldi as a surprise guest in Newcastle, where he covered The 1975’s cult fan favourite ‘Antichrist’, as well as Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’.
The full lineup and ticket details for Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2021 will be revealed in the coming months, with precedence again expected to be given to local residents. BBC Radio 1 will broadcast live from the event all weekend, with video highlights to be made available on BBC iPlayer.