BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2017
Helping Hull celebrate its status as UK City Of Culture 2017, BBC Radio 1 are taking their annual roadshow up the M1 on 27th May for two days of live music. Those lucky enough to have nabbed a ticket can expect to see some of the biggest names in pop, rap, rock and dance, including Kings Of Leon, Little Mix and Kasabian. Check out our pick of potential highlights below.
Lana Del Rey
From ‘Video Games’ and ‘Summertime Sadness’ to ‘Shades Of Cool’, Lana Del Rey’s forte has always been noir-ish pop that deals predominantly with doomed romance. Turns out she’s every bit as brilliant when she’s not navel-gazing, as evidenced on her last two doe-eyed singles ‘Love’ and ‘Lust For Life’. See if this happy patch is set to last by getting a sneak preview of more material from Lana’s forthcoming fourth LP during – what will be – her first set of festival season.
Being the inaugural recipient of the MOBO for Best Grime Act, the first unsigned rapper to appear on ‘Later... with Jools Holland’, and the first artist ever to chart with a freestyle, Stormzy could be forgiven for being blasé about success by now. Regardless, the South London rapper seemed genuinely taken aback when his debut album, Gang Signs And Prayer, charted at number one back in February. Expect to hear some of its many highlights in Hull, quite possibly aided by some special guests.
Guernsey-born producer Alex Crossnan was just 16 when he began making music on Ableton, inspired by Hudson Mohawke, James Blake and SBTRKT. At 19 he was placed fifth in the BBC’s Sound of poll, receiving support from Annie Mac and BBC Radio 1. Now 21, he’s set to release his star-studded, self-titled debut on July 14th, featuring collaborations with Nao, A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX and Damon Albarn. If you’re into genre-hopping electronic-pop, his set on Sunday is not to be missed.
More from the line-up
- I’m a Coke bottle that’s been shaken: I’ve compartmentalised everything and when the lid pops off I’ll kill everyone.
- I'm super-radical. Like, I don't think people understand.
- Whilst I’ve got a platform and an opportunity to speak up for the people who’ve done so much for me and my friends, I’m going to do that.
- I’ve learned to open up a lot. There are so many things bottled-up inside of me...
- I am fascinated by human psychology, and I draw a great deal of inspiration from that.
- Most of my friends didn’t even know I played music until a few years ago...