Radio 1's Big Weekend

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Festival Facts
Cost: 
Free
Capacity: 
Depends on location
Location: 
Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK N1 5LN London
United Kingdom
Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK N15LN London
United Kingdom

Run by BBC Radio 1, the Big Weekend is one of the biggest free ticketed music events in Europe, held yearly the event takes place in a different UK location each time.

Rumours

For 2013 the event will be held in Derry. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Ticket details will be announced in April

Lineup

2013: To Be announced

Vibe

From the moment you arrive everyone is on an immediate high as you have all been able to attend for free! While the heavy police prescence and airport style security check in is off putting at first, as soon as you get there, a crowd of all ages is ready to embraces acts they could hardly afford to see for free!

Stages and other entertainment

There will be tons of pop up parties playing all kind of music ranging from reggae to pop to swing to blues, here is a full list of the those parties.

  • Bailey with Alvin Donald
  • Big In Japan DJs
  • Blonde Ambition
  • Bobitto
  • Bondax
  • Chris Read (Music Of Substance)
  • Count Skylarkin (The Big Ten Inch)
  • Emily Rawson (Rock The Belles)
  • Euan Indecisive
  • The Heatwave
  • Jen Long
  • Lovesick
  • Lucy Pink (London Fields Radio)
  • Mark Wheeler (London Swing Dance Society)
  • Mista Basista
  • Mista Silva
  • Mr Boogie aka the Vinyl Junkie (Soulsa/Shoreditch Radio)
  • Peep Show Paddy (Disco Shed)
  • Rob da Bank
  • Say It Aint So DJs
  • Shepdog (Nice up Records)
  • Sink The Pink DJs
  • Sons of Bob DJs (My Degeneration)
  • Ultimate Power DJs
  • Work It DJs

Tickets

2012 INFORMATION:

Tickets for the event are free, but the ticket allocation process includes two stages.

Stage One: Registration

Until 11pm on Monday 19th March, registration is open to UK, Isle Of Man and Channel Island Residents.

One registration is allowed per person and anyone wishing to go must be registered.

You have to 16 or over to register yourself, anyone under that age must have an adult register for them and accompany them as well.

For the registration process you will need to upload a passport style photograph, and although tickets are free you will be charged a £2.50 handling fee.

Once registered remember to keep all your details in a safe place, as you will need your confirmation number when you book.

Stage Two Booking:

  • First stage of tickets go on sale at 11am on Sunday 25th March.
  • Second stage go on sale at 4pm on Monday 26th March.

Booking the tickets can be done online or via the phone, A proportion of tickets will be reserved for those from Hackney and the other five Olympic boroughs, with allocation on a first-come, first-served basis once where you live has been taken into account. Should you be successful in booking a ticket in the first allocation on 25th March you will not be able to apply for a further set of tickets in the second allocation.

You can book a ticket for yourself and a friend but bare in mind that friend needs to be registered too.

Children

It is usually a 18+ Event.

Disability Access

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Weather

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Location

Hackney Marshes is located on Homerton Road in the borough of Hackney in East London.

Local Information

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Travel

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Accommodation

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What to wear

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Camping

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Site Information

  • Doors open 10:30am, entertainment start at 1pm, we recommend getting there early as the search procedure could take up to 2 hours. Expect Airport Style Searchs.
  • The event's curfew is 11pm for Saturday and 10.30pm for Sunday
  • All tickets have your photo, name, address and a unique barcode on them. Please keep them safe and dry. We have to be able to scan this barcode on the gate.
  • No food and drink to be taken in, only 500ml per person of water in an unopened bottle.
  • If you need food and drink for medical reasons, a doctor's note must be brought.

Food and drink

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Perform at the festival

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Volunteer or work

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Drugs and security

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Stream online

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Trivia

Ahead of their 2012 set, Swedish House Mafia announced that their current tour would be their last, while Jay- Z put on a memorable show as an article on Mixmag.net stated

"Four years ago, Jay Z surprised the Glastonbury crowd by taking to the stage to a rendition of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ and not bringing on rumoured surprise guests like Beyonce or Chris Martin. This weekend he pulled the opposite number by beginning the show with a guest appearance from Rihanna, bringing on M.I.A halfway through and ending with arguably the greatest surprise of all; half the Watch The Throne album with cohort Kanye West. He then popped up again on the Sunday when he wasn't even on the bill, to join Rihanna."

Past lineups

2012 / HACKNEY / To coincide with the Olympic celebrations, the 2012 event was known as The Hackney Weekend, taking place in London's Hackney Marshes during the Olympics.The confirmed line-up so far included Florence & The Machine, Tinie Tempah, Plan B and Leona Lewis. To view the full line-up, click here

2011 / CARLISLE AIRPORT /

2010 / FAENOL ESTATE /