BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend: Saturday review

Published: Monday 29th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend was the place to be this bank holiday weekend. Here are our thoughts on Saturday’s offering.

Swedish songstress Zara Larsson kicked off the Main Stage festivities with her catchy pop melodies and an emotional tribute to the families affected by the recent Manchester Arena attack.

Recently releasing her debut album So Good, Zara performed some of her top hits so far, including Symphony and Lush Life. The sun shone, more festival-goers poured in from the entrance gates, and it wasn’t long before everyone was enjoying the British summer vibes.

Zara Larsson

And it was a scorcher too. The temperature reached highs of 25°C and everyone embraced the heat with vibrant festival outfits, hair glitter and even beard embellishments. All of this was on offer at the many shops and stalls that flanked the four music stages.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man proved extremely popular with the crowds at Burton Constable Hall. The tent was packed and stewards had to keep guard of the Where It Begins Stage to ensure no additional people entered the pop-up venue.

However, his distinctive voice couldn’t be tamed and echoed throughout the grounds, drowning out any noise from the nearby fairground rides and other stages.

At 3pm a heartfelt minute’s silence was held throughout the entirety of the festival. Everyone paused to pay their respects to the victims of the Manchester explosion. It was an eery silence, especially compared to the loud energy you normally experience at a music event. Nonetheless, it was powerful and sincere.

Imagine Dragons took to the Main Stage shortly after, and the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that Hull is known for continued. The American rock band went down a storm with a selection of their most popular songs, including Radioactive and Thunder.

Imagine Dragons

Whilst Imagine Dragons brought Thunder, Kasabian brought Fire. The Leicester-based group always put on an electrifying show, and BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend was no exception.

A short-but-sweet set list of oldies and a couple of tunes from their new album For Crying Out Loud was just what the crowd needed to warm up after the weather turned a little chilly.


BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend veterans Biffy Clyro returned to the Main Stage for yet another year. Frontman, Simon Neil, announced that Hull 2017 must be the Scottish trio’s fifth time at the two-day event.

Full of fireworks and drama, their set included nine tracks from their incredible 22-year back catalogue.

Biffy Clyro

At the Where It Begins Stage, Plan B struck up with his eclectic mix of stunning vocals and rap. His performance also included intriguing visuals and ended as he released a number of light-up inflatables into the crowd.

Plan B 1

Finishing off the day was the sparkly Katy Perry, who emerged onto the Main Stage in a shimmering sequin slip dress and matching overcoat. But it was of course her vocals that stole the show, as she belted out hits old and new.

Fans were treated to Dark Horse, I Kissed a Girl, California Gurls and finally Roar, which was accompanied by an impressive firework display.

The international superstar dedicated part of her slot to Manchester, with a tear-jerking rendition of Part of Me.

Katy Perry 2

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Published: Monday 29th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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