Radio 1 DJ Greg James drops in to tell us about the Big Weekend and his time in Norwich
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He's been in Norwich all week as part of the Radio 1 Academy, but DJ Greg James took time out of his busy schedule to drop in to the Evening News office and Mustard TV studios.
The 29-year-old, who hosts a daily show from 4pm to 7pm on BBC Radio 1, said it was strange to be back in the city after such a long time.
And with the Big Weekend in Earlham Park on May 23 and 24, Mr James said it was great to bring bands such as Foo Fighters and Muse to the city.
'The music scene is brilliant in Norwich, but bands all play here on their way up. When they are massive they don't usually play here.'
He recalled his drama student days when he lived in Colman House at the UEA, and dreamt of being on Radio 1.
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'I remember listening to the Big Weekend when it was in Dundee and we were sitting on the grass outside our halls,' said the presenter.
'The Black Eyed Peas were playing and I remember wishing I could be there.
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'Norwich is a great place for the Big Weekend. Lots of young people are excited about it.'
Mr James was joined this week by other DJs, including Nick Grimshaw, Fearne Cotton and Scott Mills, but said coming back to the city had made him nostalgic for his student days in Norwich.
'It hasn't really changed,' he added. 'It is still beautiful. I really love the little bars and there are some great places to eat and go out.
'It is not massive but I feel really comfortable here, I feel like it's home. It is a great city.
'I spent three important years here when I became an adult.'
Mr James was a regular presenter on UEA student radio station Livewire, and featured in breakfast shows on Norwich's Future Radio.
Now he will be covering the Big Weekend for the BBC, opening the gates on both days and presenting on television in the evenings.
And while Mr James has since moved to London, he said he remembered the Evening News and Eastern Daily Press from his university days.
'I always read the Evening News,' he said.
'And the EDP is not only the best selling regional paper but it is the regional daily newspaper of the year.'
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