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Dundee also witnesses the UK live debut of Gnarls Barkley

The return of Muse and the UK live debut of Gnarls Barkley were the highlights of the first day of Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Dundee today (May 13).

Muse’s seven-song set on the main stage at Camperdown Park was their first live show in two years. The band played three songs from forthcoming album ‘Black Holes And Revelations’, out on July 3. The new tracks were ‘Knights Of Cydonia’, ‘Starlight’ and the first single, ‘Supermassive Black Hole’.

Speaking to NME.COM afterwards, the band declared themselves delighted by the reaction of the crowd to the new songs. Frontman Matt Bellamy said: “The crowd seemed to get the new ones straightaway, even ‘Knights Of Cydonia’, which is a bit of a weird one!”

Gnarls Barkley, choosing Dundee as the place to make their fist UK live appearance, wowed the crowd by closing their set with their chart-topping smash ‘Crazy’.

Elsewhere, Razorlight chose the occasion to play new material – next week’s NME cover stars performed three new songs, all of which will appear on their forthcoming second LP, due out in July. They were new single ‘In the Morning’, ‘America’ and ‘Can’t Stop This Feeling’.

Primal Scream headlined the second stage, and played a host of tracks from new album ‘Riot City Blues’, out June 5, including new single ‘Country Girl’. They also return to Scotland to play T In The Park in July.

Other first day highlights included Dirty Pretty Things, Boy Kill Boy, The Streets and Main Stage headliners Snow Patrol.

The action returns to Camperdown Park for a second day tomorrow, with the likes of Keane, The Ordinary Boys, We Are Scientists and Hot Chip all performing, Click back to NME.COM tomorrow for all the news.

For more on Radio 1’s Big Weekend, including an exclusive interview with Muse about their comeback, get next week’s NME, on sale nationwide on Wednesday (May 17) from all good newsagents.