Aylsham supermarket worker Harry Edwards to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich

Harry Edwards, from Aylsham, who will be performing at the Big Weekend on the BBC Introducing stage.

Harry Edwards, from Aylsham, who will be performing at the Big Weekend on the BBC Introducing stage. Picture: Harry Edwards - Credit: Archant

Aylsham singer-songwriter Harry Edwards is set to perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend just seven months after he started making music under his own name.

The 24-year-old musician, who describes his music as beat-orientated 'melancholy electronic', began producing his own pieces after he started to suffer from tendonitis.

'I was primarily a drummer until I was 21 – I had to look for another way to make music when I experienced some hand injuries.'

After producing music for some short films, Harry was encouraged to send some of his tracks to BBC Introducing in Norfolk, who quickly recognised his talent and began playing his songs on the radio.

'It has all taken off from there really,' he added. 'My performance at the Big Weekend is entirely their doing.'

The free Radio 1 festival, attended by 50,000 people over the weekend, will only be the fourth gig Harry has ever played.

'As overwhelmed and happy as I am, this opportunity is definitely a bit of a jump' said Mr Edwards, who works at Tesco's Aylsham branch. 'I feel a little bit better with each rehearsal though, and there will be a lot of people there to support me on the day.'

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Riding on the success of the Big Weekend, Mr Edwards believes he will be signed to a recording label within the next few weeks.

'I've been meeting people and discussing contracts recently, but honestly I'm most excited to start making some more music.'

Follow the live coverage of the Big Weekend on our websites. Tweet your pictures to www.en24.co.uk

See Thursday's paper for an eight-page supplement on everything you need to know about the Big Weekend.

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