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Radio 1’s big weekend

The hottest event of the year is back and bigger than before. Radio 1 have announced that their big weekend will be taking place again this year and this time it’s in Norwich.

The flagship event will be held in the city’s Earlham Park on the 23rd and 24th May and already tongues are waggling about who will perform…

7 time Grammy winner Taylor Swift has been confirmed as the first act to grace the stage at Europe’s biggest free ticketed music event.

More acts will be announced over the next couple of months on the radio, but we bet Taylor is hoping that One Direction aren’t announced. The boys opened the show last year and we’re sure Taylor will have a new song ready for the opening that is ‘completely based around Harry Styles even though she denies it’… God girl, give it a rest. But nevertheless, Swifty seems quite excited about the fact and told Radio 1, ‘Everyone talks about the festivals in England being the best ones you can go to. I feel like I’ve been missing out.” Cute, no doubt we’ll be seeing more of her head shaking dancing.

Last year’s event was held in Glasgow, with Coldplay and Katy Perry taking to the stage. If you prefer the less known bands and love to declare ‘I heard that song ages ago’ with the odd eye roll, then this is the perfect weekend for you, as there’s a whole stage dedicated to new music. Radio 1 presents its ‘BBC Introducing’ stage where the likes of Rizzle Kicks, Royal Blood and Catfish were first seen. Pretty cool aye?

Florence and the Machine will also be making a comeback which is sure to be a mind-boggling, almost creepy performance. Let’s just hope she doesn’t dance and sing in the pouring rain like a maniac as she did in Reading 2012. It was slightly scary. 

To get tickets you simply have to apply online. We say simply but it’s as simple as riding a bike, but the bike is on fire. It’s thought thousands of hopefuls will be surfing the net (and that’s just to watch Madonna fall over again) No seriously, tickets are in huge demand so you’ve got to act fast and sign up online. ‘Lucky’ winners will be sent 2 free tickets in the post, so what are you waiting for?

As this is Norwich’s first ever festival and the BBC don’t like to do things by half, we’re expecting things to be big. Fun fact of the day – Norwich has more than 1 pub for every day of the year. What’s a good weekend without responsible drinking? We think this years, big weekend is certainly going to be that.

By Lucy Acton