Confirmed: Norwich to host BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend in May
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Norwich will host a massive music spectacular full of big name acts this year after BBC Radio 1 announced the station's Big Weekend will be coming to the city.
An array of top music stars will be heading to Earlham Park on the weekend of May 23 and 24 for the annual event, organised by BBC Radio 1.
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The stars taking part this year are still to be announced, but last year's three-day celebration of music was held in Glasgow where Coldplay, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and One Direction were among the acts to take to the stage for the festival which was enjoyed by about 60,000 music fans.
A Radio One statement released this morning said: 'BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend is back, and it's in Norwich!
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'The UK's biggest free ticketed festival will be taking place on 23rd and 24th May 2015. Further information including the full line-up and ticketing information will be announced in the coming months.'
This year's festival is a great coup for Norwich and a brilliant boost to the city's already jam-packed 2015 calendar of events.
Yesterday a BBC Radio 1 spokesman would not confirm whether Norwich would be hosting the station's 2015 Big Weekend event but the location was revealed on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw this morning.
The annual high-profile event has been held every year for over a decade and is broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and BBC Three.
When Glasgow was announced as the 2014 host city, it was reported that BBC executives had said the Big Weekend was heading north to celebrate the city hosting the Commonwealth Games in the summer.
In 2013, Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, was chosen to host the Big Weekend at Ebrington Square, and performers included Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro, Dizzee Rascal, Chase and Status and Bruno Mars.
It coincided with Londonderry being the 2013 UK City of Culture – an accolade that Norwich narrowly missed out on, having reached the final four in the running for the title alongside Birmingham and Sheffield.
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend has traditionally been a free ticketed event, and last year 50,000 tickets for the music extravaganza at Glasgow Green – one of Glasgow's oldest city parks – were snapped up in just over 30 minutes.
As with previous Big Weekends, people living close to the venue had more of a chance of getting some of the free tickets.
It was reported that 50pc of tickets were reserved for those living within the area covered by Glasgow City Council, 45pc of tickets were reserved for people living in the rest of Scotland, and the remaining 5pc were given to people living in the rest of the UK.
As speculation has been mounting as to where the 2015 BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend will take place, people living across the country have been campaigning for the event to be put on near them. There have been online campaigns by people living in places such as Cambridge, Dundee, Lincoln, Cornwall, Bath, Bournemouth and Plymouth.