The BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend has officially been announced as part of the City of Culture celebrations. The renowned annual music festival which will take place at Burton Constable Hall on Saturday 27th– Sunday 28th May is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors to Hull. The Big Weekend is already taking shape with huge acts, Kings of Leon, Stormzy and Little Mix having already been announced. Many more names are yet to be revealed.
Kings of Leon, one of the most prolific names in Rock, are likely to set the city alight with hits like Sex on Fire and songs from their most recent LP Walls. South East London MC Stormzy’s rise to fame has seen no sign of slowing down, winning multiple MOBO awards and reaching number one in the charts with the track Shut Up, the young artist has been making waves in the Grime scene.
If last year’s line up is anything to go by, Hulls BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend is set to be huge, following in the footsteps of Exeter who hosted Chase and Status, Bastille, Mumford and Sons, Skepta and The Weeknd just to name a few.
The festival will no doubt be one of the biggest events for Hull in 2017 with 50,000 tickets being released with further details announced soon.
Kings of Leon spoke on Radio 1: “Looking forward to seeing you in Hull for Radio 1’s Big Weekend at the end of the May. Huge thanks to Radio 1 for leading the charge in helping us get our music to our fans, it’s going to be a great show, can’t wait!”
Tickets will be prioritised for the people and students of Hull, including anyone living within a HU postcode. The festivities will result in a boost for Hull’s economy with tens of thousands of visitors flooding the city. Hull City Council Leader, Stephen Brady said: “Radio 1’s Big Weekend is a major highlight in the UK festival calendar and to have it coming to our region is really a testament to the fantastic work done by the 2017 team, Hull City Council and our partners in the East Riding”.
More details on how to get tickets will be released around late March. Tickets are free but incur an admin fee of £8.50, which is great value by any means.
Words by Aaron Holden.