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24 May 2021

Coldplay and Jorja Smith Added To Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2021

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Coldplay and Jorja Smith have joined the star-packed line-up of Radio 1’s Big Weekend Of Live Music, due to take place this weekend, 28-31 May. Thanks to restrictions in place because of the global pandemic, it’s the second consecutive year the event will take place online. Performances will be broadcast over the weekend on Radio 1, with full sets also available on BBC Sounds. Fans will also be able to watch a selection of tracks on Radio 1’s iPlayer and YouTube channels, with a curated stream on iPlayer featuring selected performances and artist interviews from the whole weekend.


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The restrictions have meant that artists have been able to be creative in terms of the location of their performances. Coldplay‘s set will be recorded at Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire, the centuries-old monastic ruins that provided inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Jorja Smith meanwhile, will hit the stage at the iconic North London venue, Alexandra Palace.

For many, the performance to look out for will be the return to the spotlight of Ed Sheeran, with the hugely successful singer filming at Snape Maltings, an arts complex on the banks of the River Alde in Suffolk. And fans of hip-hop can enjoy a set from AJ Tracey recorded at The Regal, a basketball court belonging to South London community hub, The Black Prince Trust. For those of you looking for something a little heavier, British rockers Royal Blood will be performing on Brighton Pier. And a host of fantastic acts – Wolf Alice, Celeste, Anne Marie, Mabel, London Grammar, among others – will have their sets from the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, London, available to watch across the world.

The full line-up, including Friday night’s DJ sets for Radio 1 Dance and the performances from the next big things from BBC Introducing is available here.

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