23 Jan 2017

A big welcome for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend as part of Hull 2017 celebrations

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is set to be one of the musical highlights of Hull UK City of Culture 2017when it comes to Burton Constable in East Yorkshire on 27 and 28 May.

BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw this morning announced that Kings of Leon, Little Mix and Stormzy will perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2017 which it’s been revealed will be held in Hull on 27th and 28th May

It is expected to attract tens of thousands of music fans to Burton Constable, which has been the home of the Chichester-Constable family for over 700 years. The fine building and surrounding parkland, which is a already popular visitor destination, will provide an impressive backdrop to one of the country’s biggest music events.

Kings of Leon say: “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, its going to be a great show, can’t wait!”

Nick Grimshaw says: “I’m super excited for Big Weekend as it kicks off festival season and always has a mega line-up of the best live music. Roll on May – I can’t wait to party in Hull alongside Kings of Leon, Little Mix, Stormzy and loads more!”

Ben Cooper, Controller, Radio 1 says: “Listen to Radio 1, and search on your phone, to find out how you could join the young people of Hull enjoying the biggest pop stars, playing the best new music, from the UK and around the world.”

Martin Green, Director Hull UK City of Culture 2017, said: “We are thrilled that BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is coming to Hull for 2017. Bringing this major national event with some of the biggest names in the music industry is a massive coup for the city and confirms its growing international profile as THE place to be.

“As ever, events like this can only happen thanks to the different partners and other organisations working together, and we are delighted to be working closely with the National Heritage Memorial Fund appointed trustees and family at Burton Constable, as well as our colleagues at Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council to ensure a successful event. Natural England and Historic England have also been crucial in providing support to bring this event to the area. “

Leader of Hull City Council, 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.

“After an incredibly good start to the year with thousands of people already visiting our great city, it is clear that we are well on the way to fulfilling our ambition to make Hull a world-class visitor destination.”

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled the East Riding has been chosen to host such a prestigious and popular event as BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

“This is another fantastic event coming to the East Riding thanks to our principal partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

“It will be an amazing opportunity to showcase the beauty and attractions of our area to a huge national audience, and the local economy will benefit from the thousands of visitors attending the festival. It will give younger people in our area the chance to see big, international music stars perform live on a local stage, and I’m excited to see who Radio 1 will be bringing to the East Riding.”

Nick Hildyard and Rodrica Straker, Trustees Burton Constable Foundation: “We are thrilled that The BBC have chosen Burton Constable – Hull’s own and only historic house – as the venue for 2017 Big Weekend. We can’t wait to welcome so many younger people. It will be a great day out and a celebration of a great partnership between Burton Constable , Hull 2017 and the BBC.”

In the lead-up to Big Weekend, Radio 1 and BBC Learning will produce Radio 1’s Academy, which aims to inspire local 16-19 year-olds to take the next step in creative careers. Radio 1’s Academy will include a series of special events, local engagement and face-to-face activity in the area, beginning in February and culminating in May with a packed week of radio shows, gigs, masterclasses and Q&As. Keep listening to Radio 1 for further details.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be broadcast live on Radio 1, streamed in vision at bbc.co.uk/radio1. All performances will be available to watch live and on demand on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel (bbc.co.uk/tv/radio1).

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