The Radio One Big Weekend took place this weekend. Click through for all the pictures from the event. The weekender, which began in 2005, has four stages; the Main stage, In New Music We Trust stage, Outdoor stage and BBC Introducing stage. It was previously known as the ‘One Big Weekend’ festival.
Lady Gaga. The singer was wheeled onstage in a coffin and emerged wearing a prosthetic pregnant stomach. She opened with ‘Born This Way’ and played a number of her hits including ‘Poker Face’ and ‘Alejandro’. She reworked Nat King Cole’s ‘Orange Coloured Sky’ so that it referenced the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Arctic Monkeys. They kicked off the Big Weekend with a surprise appearance. They opened with ‘The View From The Afternoon’ and played a 12 song, 45 minute set which included two songs from their new album ‘Suck It And See’. Closing with ‘When The Sun Goes Down’, frontman Alex Turner said: “Thank you Carlisle. We’re going to get out of your hair now.”
My Chemical Romance. The band played a 45 minute set which drew heavily from their album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’. They also played ‘Famous Last Words’, ‘Helena’ and ‘I’m Not Okay (I’m Promise)’. Performing before the headliner they said to the crowd: “Are you guys excited for Lady Gaga? We are too.”
Jessie J. The singer played a six song set at her Big Weekend debut, including current single ‘Nobody’s Perfect’, along with previous singles ‘Do It Like A Dude’ and ‘Price Tag’.
Professor Green. The former Stephen Manderson played a seven song set which included tracks from his new album ‘Alive Til I’m Dead’ and his big hits from last year, the SOS Band-sampling ‘Just Be Good To Green’ and the INXS-referencing ‘I Need You Tonight.’
The Vaccines. They played a 10 song set, which consisted of most of their debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines’, including singles ‘Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’, ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ and ‘If You Wanna’.
The Strokes . It was the band’s first gig in the UK since June last year. They played for just under an hour and included six songs from 2001’s ‘Is This It’. The band came onstage to Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ and frontman Julian Casablancas only spoke to the audience a couple of times including a brief; “Alright people. How’s it going?”
Taio Cruz. The singer made his debut at Big Weekend on Sunday. He played a eight song set which included his recent hit ‘Higher’, along with earlier hits such as ‘Break Your Heart’ and ‘Dirty Picture’. He closed his set with ‘Dynamite’.
Foo Fighters. The band closed the first night of the festival on Saturday. They played an 80 minute, 15 song set which included four songs from their new album ‘Wasting Light’. They encored with ‘This Is A Call’ and a version of Queen’s ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ which saw drummer Taylor Hawkins take to the microphone.
Plan B. The rapper-turned-crooner played a six song set which included ‘She Said’, ‘Stayed Too Long’ and ‘Prayin’.
My Chemical Romance. During their set, frontman Gerard Way told the crowd they were “in the mood for dancing”. He said to the crowd: “They’re gong to try and fix your face up and make you pretty, what are you going to do about it?”
Ellie Goulding. The singer played a eight song set which included singles ‘Under The Sheets’, ‘Guns & Horses’ and closer ‘Starry Eyed’. She omitted her royal wedding, Elton John cover ‘Your Song’.
Everything Everything. The Manchester band played an eight song set including the singles ‘My KZ, UR BF’, ‘Suffragette Suffragette’ and ‘Photoshop Handsome’.
Cage The Elephant. The Kentucky quintet played the In New Music We Trust stage. Their set drew heavily from their second album ‘Thank You, Happy Birthday’.
Katy B. The dubstep chart-topper encouraged fans to light up the stage with their mobiles as she played ‘Lights On’. She said that the recent single was for “anyone who has been in a club when the lights come on and you’re not done yet.”
Artic Monkeys. The band played on the Saturday in Carlise, their set included recent single ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ and ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’.
Foo Fighters The band played an extended version of ‘All My Life’, a slowed down version of ‘Times Like These’ and ‘Cold Day In The Sun’ which featured Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals.
Wretch 32. This was his second appearance at the festival, his first was in 2009 on the BBC Introducing stage. He teamed up with Example for a version of ‘Unorthodox’.
Nicole Scherzinger. The one time Pussycat Doll played a brief, three song set of ‘Poison’, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ and ‘Don’t Cha’ by her former band.
Tinie Tempah. The rapper played a six song set including ‘Frisky’ and ‘Pass Out. He crowd surfed and brought Ellie Goulding on stage with him for a version of ‘Wonderman’.
Friendly Fires. They played a seven song set on the In New Music We Trust stage. Their set included ‘Live Those Days’ as well as older singles ‘Paris’ and ‘Kiss Of Life’.
Black Eyes Peas. The foursome played a seven song set which included recent single ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ as well as ‘Boom Boom Pow’ and close ‘I Gotta Feeling’.
Arctic Monkeys. The band’s new album ‘Suck It And See’ will be released on June 6.
Saturday Night Gym Club .The band played the BBC Introducing Stage on Saturday night. They described themselves as ‘Anglo Irish grouping of dance floor storytellers.’
Previous years have seen performances from Madonna, The Raconteurs, The Prodigy and Florence & The Machine.
Foo Fighters. “Every once in a while I make Taylor sing a song because he’s got such a pretty voice. You think he’s pretty? You should hear his voice,” Dave Grohl said before drummer Taylor Hawkins sang ‘Cold Day In The Sun’.