BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2019 - the station’s annual flagship live music event - will be in Middlesbrough this May. Announced on Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James, Radio 1 will be joined by Miley Cyrus, The 1975, Little Mix, Zara Larsson, Mabel and Khalid.
Taking place at Stewart Park on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, an audience of 64,000 BBC Radio 1 fans can expect a huge line-up of over 50 artists comprised of the biggest UK and international artists.
Now in its 16th year, Radio 1’s Big Weekend kicks off the UK’s festival season, as well as taking artists to the cities that may not otherwise host a large scale event like Big Weekend, shining a light on the host city and providing a major boost to the local economy.
🎉 #BigWeekend is coming to MIDDLESBROUGH on the 25th & 26th May 2019 and we’re bringing this incredible lot with us 👇@MileyCyrus@The1975@LittleMix@Mabel@ZaraLarsson@thegreatkhalid— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) February 27, 2019
PLUS many more to be announced! pic.twitter.com/rCuhl24MOn
Following her recent collaboration with Mark Ronson on ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’, award winning Miley Cyrus will be performing. As will Brit Award winners The 1975, who will play some of their classics, as well as new hits from their recently released album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. With four UK number ones and 13 UK Top 10’s under their belt, audiences can also expect show-stopping performances from Little Mix.
With 5 Grammy nominations and his most recent single Talk produced by Disclosure, Khalid will be performing, whilst pop sensation and chart hit Zara Larsson and Brit Award nominee Mabel will be entertaining crowds with their hottest tracks.
Miley Cyrus says: “I’ll be playing Big Weekend in Middlesbrough this year. Hope you’re ready to party, cause I’m bringing my fans their favourite songs and possibly some new ones. See ya in the summer!”
The 1975 say: “We’re delighted to come to the North East for the first UK show of Music For Cars. Radio 1 has been a massive part of our story over the years and this will be our fourth time playing Big Weekend. It’s great to be coming back, this time as headliners.”
Little Mix says: “We are so excited to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend and performing for our beautiful fans. Middlesbrough, we are coming for you!”
Zara Larsson says: “So excited to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend! It’s one of our first UK shows in a while and I can’t wait to play my new songs for you all! The line-up looks sick too! See you in Middlesbrough!”
Mabel says: “I’m so excited to be performing at Radio 1s Big Weekend again this year. The line-up is always sick, so to be a part of it is really amazing!”
Khalid says: “Can’t wait to see you all at Radio 1’s Big Weekend. So excited to play new music for all you guys - hope you’re all ready for this new era.”
Greg James, Radio 1 Breakfast Show Host says: “The listeners are the most important thing about Radio 1 and we think they’re brilliant. Without them, we’d just be a collection of weirdos talking to ourselves in a room so we like to say thanks by pulling in some of the world’s biggest artists to do an enormous music festival for them. We traditionally take Big Weekend to a part of the UK that doesn’t normally get these sorts of events and I can’t wait to take some of the best acts on the planet to Middlesbrough."
Ben Cooper, Controller, BBC Radio 1 says: “Mix together the BBC, the biggest artists in the world and the listeners of Middlesbrough and you’re going to have an amazing Radio 1’s Big Weekend - I can’t wait.”
Dave Budd, Mayor of Middlesbrough says: “The announcement that the 2019 Radio 1 Big Weekend is coming to Stewart Park is a major coup for Middlesbrough - this really promises to be a Brilliantly Boro Big Weekend and we look forward to welcoming the world to Middlesbrough.”
Last year, as part of The Biggest Weekend - the BBC’s biggest ever celebration of music across four sites in four nations - Radio 1 travelled to Singleton Park in Swansea, where they hosted performances from Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
The full line-up and ticketing information will be announced on Radio 1 in the coming weeks.
Live sets from Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1 all weekend. All performances will be available to watch live and on demand on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel.