May 24, 2013 19:21

Angel Haze, AlunaGeorge pull out of Radio 1's Big Weekend

The artists were delayed because of an emergency plane landing at Heathrow

Angel Haze, AlunaGeorge pull out of Radio 1's Big Weekend

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Angel Haze and AlunaGeorge have had to pull out of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend after their flights to Londonderry were disrupted.

BBC News reports that an emergency plane landing caused two runways to close at London's Heathrow, meaning that a number of flights were delayed, including the ones taking the aforementioned artists to the festival. It was thought that Rudimental would also not be able to make the festival, but they arrived just in time. "We had some problems at the airport. We left all our equipment in London but we're still here," they said on stage before playing 'Not Giving In'.

The BBC Radio 1 press office released a statement which said: "Unfortunately due to the travel disruption affecting Heathrow we've had to cancel a few performances but we've still got an exciting line-up for our audiences." It is thought that J. Cole and Wiley, who are due to appear on stage later tonight (May 24) might also be affected by the delays.

Biffy Clyro, The Vaccines, Vampire Weekend and Calvin Harris are among the acts set to play BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend. The annual bash takes place in Northern Ireland this weekend (May 24-26).

Tonight will see a headline performance from Calvin Harris, whilst Biffy Clyro headline tomorrow alongside The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club, Labrinth and Foals. The In New Music We Trust stage will be headlined by DJ Fresh with support coming from Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Bring Me The Horizon, The 1975 and Frightened Rabbit.

Bruno Mars closes the weekender on Sunday with Paramore, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Jake Bugg, Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Everything Everything, Jessie Ware, Miles Kane and Haim also set to play the final day. Tickets were all snapped up within an hour of being made available.

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