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50,000 tickets for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich are snapped up in 40 minutes

PUBLISHED: 11:46 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:46 31 March 2015

Taylor Swift Radio 1 Big Weekend comes to Norwich.

Taylor Swift Radio 1 Big Weekend comes to Norwich.

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Fifty thousand tickets for Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich were snapped up in just 40 minutes this morning.

Catfish & The Bottlemen. Picture: PA Photo/Tom Oxley.Catfish & The Bottlemen. Picture: PA Photo/Tom Oxley.

The eagerly-awaited tickets were released at 8.05am and were given away in pairs, with 25,000 available for each day of the two-day event which takes place at Earlham Park on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.

The lucky ticket holders will enjoy performances from Taylor Swift, Florence and the Machine, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Years & Years, at Europe’s biggest free ticketed festival.

The full line-up, including headline artists, for Radio 1’s flagship music event will be revealed on Radio 1 next month.

As with previous Big Weekends, tickets were geographically weighted and an element of preference being given to local resident, with 55pc of tickets reserved for those living within the area covered by Norwich City Council, 20pc reserved for those with a Norwich (NR) postcode, but outside the area covered by the city council. Another 20pc were reserved for residents in the surrounding East Anglian region with Ipswich (IP), Colchester (CO), Cambridge (CB) and Peterborough (PE) postcodes, with the remaining five per cent for other audiences across the UK.

Neil Wyatt, head of live music and events for BBC Popular Music, said: “It is brilliant to see the tickets go so quickly. One of the main reasons we are bringing Radio 1’s Big Weekend to Norwich is because we know that there is a real appetite for new music and it’s great to see the excitement in the city.

“If you weren’t able to secure a ticket for the event, we will be revealing information about Radio 1’s Academy including the sessions that will be available very soon, so keep listening to Radio 1 if you want to be involved.”

With a high volume of people visiting the website, traffic was held in an online “waiting area”.

Many people in Norwich and Norfolk trying to get tickets were frustrated to be met with a web page message saying “we are currently processing the maximum possible number bookings we are able to handle at one time” and were told they were being held on the page until a space became available.

At 8.19am, BBC Radio 1 tweeted: “All #BigWeekend tickets for the wider UK have now been allocated. Tickets available now are for Norwich & surrounding area residents only.”

At 8.44am, there were 3,000 tickets left for Norwich city residents on Saturday and 1,000 tickets left for Sunday, but 116,000 people were trying to get through for those and by 8.50am all the tickets had been snapped up.

There is no charge for the event itself, but ticket holders have to pay a handling fee of £3.50 per ticket.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend is now in its 12th year and will be produced in partnership with Norwich City Council.

In the lead up to Big Weekend, for the fourth year running, Radio 1 and BBC Learning will also embark on a special week of local engagement and face-to-face activity in the area - opening the doors to Radio 1’s Academy. During the week, Radio 1 hopes to inspire local 16 to 19-year-olds to take the next step in their careers by inviting them to attend a series of radio shows, masterclasses and Q&As.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be broadcasting live on Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra and streamed in vision at bbc.co.uk/radio1. Highlights will also be broadcast live on BBC Three, with all performances available after the weekend on the Radio 1 channel in BBC iPlayer.

For more information about Radio 1’s Big Weekend visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ewh8q9

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