Radio 1 brings the biggest party of the summer to Exeter, for two full days of the biggest names from across the musical spectrum at the Big Weekend 2016.
Having enjoyed a fantastic edition last year in Norwich, Radio 1's Big Weekend is set to return once more to to signal the beginning of the summer festival season.
With each year's tickets won by lucky applicants picked at random, the festival continues to have a sense of excitement and exclusivity surrounding it, as everyone in attendance shares the fortunate glee for being there.
Each year the festival is held at a different cities around the British Isles, every Big Weekend has a slightly different feel, as it ingratiates itself with each locale.
With previous guests of Big Weekend including Florence & The Machine, Rihanna, Dizzee Rascal, Jay Z, Faithless, Jess Glynne, Foo Fighters and Basement Jaxx to name a few, you are always guaranteed an enormous lineup, as Radio 1 uses all of its broadcasting weight to bring to festival goers the biggest acts.
Radio 1's Big Weekend (previously known as One Big Weekend) is a music festival run by BBC Radio 1. It is held once a year, in a different location within the United Kingdom each time. It is the biggest free ticketed music event in Europe and always includes a host of new artists.
The festival was a spin-off of Radio 1's touring summer roadshow, "One Big Sunday", where every Sunday during July and August, a different town would host the roadshow, usually next to a beach or in a large park. These were also free, but non-ticketed. A show in Falkirk in 1999 attracted in excess of 500,000 people, 450,000 above the expected amount. People eventually had to be turned away.
Originally a 'One Big Weekend' would run twice a year. The Saturday was dedicated to dance music and the Sunday to bands. But since 2005 the dance day has been replaced by a second day of bands. In 2005 the dance music took place on a second stage on the Saturday only and in 2006 it took place off site at a club on the Saturday night.