It’s Europe’s biggest free music festival, and it’s going to be amazing

Are you heading down to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of sheer talent on the line-up, and need some help deciding who to see? Well, fear not, dear reader. We’ve hand-picked the seven acts from across the weekend that we think are a must-see:

Biffy Clyro

The Scottish rock heroes are back with a brand new album and a new single, and they’ll be bringing their explosive live show to Powderham Castle when they headline the In New Music We Trust Stage on the Sunday of the Big Weekend. Expect snarling riffs, pounding snares, and enough screaming to put a crowd of Justin Bieber fans to shame:

 

 

Tom Odell

The piano man will be bringing his brilliant new material to the Big Weekend on the Saturday, and we think that he’s going to be fantastic:

 

 

Bastille

The alt-pop boys are making their long-awaited UK live return at the Big Weekend, and we can’t wait to see them. They’ll be playing all the hits, and we’ve heard a rumour that they’ll be playing one or two new songs from their forthcoming second album

 

 

Declan McKenna

You’re going to be hearing a lot about Declan McKenna over the next few months. We’ve already told you about his ace new single Bethlehem, and we’d say that he’s definitely worth checking out when he plays the BBC Introducing stage on the Saturday of BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend:

 

 

Panic! At The Disco

I Write Sins Not Tragedies + Hallelujah + Miss Jackson + a load of other great pop/rock songs = one hell of a festival set. Catch them on the In New Music We Trust Stage on the Sunday of this year’s Big Weekend:

 

 

Coldplay

They’re the biggest band in the world right now, and they’ll be bringing their repertoire of stadium-filling pop anthems to Powderham Castle when they headline the Sunday night of this year’s Big Weekend:

 

 

OneRepublic

OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder is one of pop’s most in-demand songwriters, so it’s a miracle that he’s managed to fit a stop at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend into his busy schedule. His band will be opening the Main Stage on the Sunday of this year’s festival, and we think that they’re going to be fantastic:

 

 

Are you heading to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend? If you are, you’ll love this handy playlist of every act playing across the weekend:

 

 

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Exeter 2016 takes place on May 28th-29th at Powderham Castle, Exeter. You’ll be able to listen back via the Radio 1 website and watch highlights on Radio 1’s YouTube channel.

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