Catfish And The Bottlemen replace Sam Smith on Radio 1’s One Big Weekend Main Stage

Lethal Bizzle takes Catfish’s prior slot at the festival’s In New Music We Trust stage

Catfish and the Bottlemen have replaced Sam Smith on the main stage of Radio 1’s One Big Weekend festival at Norwich’s Earlham Park on May 24.

Smith has had to withdraw from the festival as he has damaged vocal chords and has cancelled all his promotional activity for eight weeks.

Catfish And The Bottlemen were due to have played on the festival’s second stage, dubbed In New Music We Trust, and have now been replaced by Lethal Bizzle. The grime MC said: “I’m really looking forward to it. You can expect a high-energy set and maybe a few exclusives. It’s going to be dench.”

Speaking of their promotion to the Main Stage, Catfish And The Bottlemen singer Van McCann told BBC Newsbeat: “It’s mad for us just playing, never mind being moved to the Main Stage, because we did the Introducing stage last year. Because we’ve only got half an hour, we’re just going to play the biggest tunes. We probably won’t even play our new single ‘Hourglass’, because that’s the acoustic one and it involves people coming on and off stage.”

May 24’s One Big Weekend is headlined by Foo Fighters, with Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, Rita Ora, George Ezra and Clean Bandit on the Main Stage. The In New Music We Trust stage is headlined by Jamie T, with other acts including Alt-J, Jungle, James Bay, Soak, Raury and Lower Than Atlantis.

Muse headline the festival’s previous day, with the main stage also featuring Florence + The Machine, The Vaccines, Ben Howard, Charli XCX, Fall Out Boy and David Guetta. The In New Music We Trust stage, headlined by Rudimental, features Snoop Dogg, Circa Waves, Hozier, Slaves, Years And Years, Jess Glynne and Ella Eyre. The festival won’t announce its running order, other than the stage headliners, until closer to the festival.

Van McCann is interviewed in this week’s NME, which is available digitally and on newsstands now. The full interview can be read here. In it, McCann says that he ordered the band’s manager to accept offers to play any festivals offered to them this summer. The band will appear at Glastonbury, T In The Park, Latitude, Longitude, Boardmasters, Reading And Leeds and Festival No 6.