BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend: Sunday review

Published: Monday 29th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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After an amazing start to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend on Saturday, the people of Hull were excitable and raring to go on Sunday morning.

Jenny Barrett was one of these people, and she’s put together a review of this second day of world-class musicians, fairground rides and glorious weather.


As the gates opened, a sea of excited fans rushed through the grounds of Burton Constable Hall towards the Main Stage to eagerly await the arrival of Little Mix, the first act of the day.

The girl group certainly didn’t disappoint the legions of expectant fans. They arrived on the stage in a flurry of fluorescent outfits and belted out some of their biggest hits, as well as songs from their latest album.

The crowd went wild as they hung on every word and perfectly choreographed dance move. There couldn’t have been a better way to open the show.


Hitting the stage for his first ever UK festival performance, Canadian Sean Mendes was a little more stripped back but no less exciting for his army of fans.

He opened the set by belting out his current hit There’s Nothing Holding Me Back to the delight of the crowd. Mendes showed himself to be a multi-talented musician by taking turns on the guitar and piano, as well as showing off his incredible voice.



Over in the Where It Begins bigtop, female solo artist Dua Lipa hit the stage in a cute star print dress, silver platform heels and sassy attitude that showed festival goers she was ready to carry on the party.

She delivered an exciting set of catchy tunes full of energy and faultless vocals. The performance thrilled fans and left them in no doubt that Lipa is destined to appear on the main stage at future shows.


Making a triumphant return following a break from music, songstress Rita Ora proved she was back with a bang by performing tracks from her brand new album. This was a worldwide exclusive to the festival.

Included in her new material was a performance of the single Girls, which features singers Charli XCX and Rae, who made surprise appearances on stage. The crowd was even treated to a blast of Rae’s catchy You Don’t Know Me, her track with English DJ Jax Jones.


Not to be outdone by the musicians and artists on the bill, DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers sent the audience into a frenzy with an array of pyrotechnics, fire and smoke. Delighting the crowd, they mixed chart hits with sets on their decks.

The cheeky Americans teased when they played the opening bars of their collaboration with Coldplay, Something Just Like This. The crowd was on tenterhooks to see if the band would make a surprise appearance. Fans were left a little disappointed, but only for a second, as the action-packed performance then continued.


Radio 1 promised Hull a Big Weekend, and that’s exactly what it delivered. A fabulous time was had by all and this is definitely an event that attendees won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

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Published: Monday 29th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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