'Health and safety is our primary focus'
BBC Radio One have issued a statement ahead of this weekend’s Big Weekend festival – vowing to go ahead as planned but with ‘extra security’.
Monday night saw 22 people killed and 59 injured after a terrorist struck the foyer at Manchester Arena as thousands of fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert. While a number of gigs have been effected by the tragedy, fans are now looking ahead to BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend.
This weekend, BBC Radio One Big Weekend returns – this time to the 2017 city of culture in Hull. The full line-up features the likes of Kasabian, Haim, London Grammar, Lorde, Stormzy, Lana Del Rey, Christine & The Queens, and many more. In the wake of last night’s atrocities, they say that they’re looking into all security issues. It is hoped that it will go ahead.
“Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected by the tragic events in Manchester,” a BBC Radio One spokesman said. “The health and safety of everyone involved in Big Weekend is now our primary focus.”
They continued: “Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be continuing as planned this weekend in Hull. After conducting a full review of the festival, in conjunction with the police and partners, various extra security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of those attending.
“As part of this, everyone that enters the site will go through two rounds of thorough searches – one round conducted at transport hubs where police will be present, and a second round of security procedures at the entrance gates. We ask for the patience and cooperation of anyone coming to the event on the weekend and that they allow extra time to pass through security.”
Radio One’s Big Weekend is now in its 14th year and will be taking place at Burton Constable Hall in Hull, the UK City of Culture for 2017, on May 27 and 28.