Radio 1’s Big Weekend kicks off UK festival season

Biffy Clyro, The Gossip and CSS wow Preston

Biffy Clyro, The Gossip and CSS kicked off the UK festival season at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Preston today (May 19).

They were among early highlights at the two-day live event in the town’s Moor Park.

Following openers The Pigeon Detectives and Cold War Kids on the In New Music We Trust stage, Biffy Clyro wowed a packed-out tent with tracks from new album ‘Puzzle’, with both Simon Neil and Ben Johnston both taking the stage topless.

Speaking of their step up to the mainstream event, Simon Neil told NME.COM: “We’ve come of age! We’re the heaviest band on the bill, but it didn’t feel weird.”

Biffy Clyro played:

‘Saturday Superhouse’

‘Love Has A Diameter’

‘Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies’

‘A Whole Child Ago’

‘Glitter and Trauma’

With CSS and The Gossip both on the bill, hopes were high that the bands might repeat their collaboration from last night in Manchester.

While Beth Ditto denied there were any plans, she was full of praise for last night’s performance.

“Oh my God, it was the best show of all time,” she told NME.COM. “It was the best show I feel The Gossip have played. It was uh uh uh and bananas. Bananas and confetti!”

Meanwhile, The View were out in force checking out bands before their before their performance tomorrow (May 20), returning to the Big Weekend after playing last year in their hometown Dundee.

Kieren Webster told NME.COM: “It’ll be a good performance tomorrow. We played last year in Dundee, and so far today has been really good.”

The opening day of Big Weekend also featured sets from The Twang, Jamie T and The Fratellis.

Stay tuned to NME.COM for more news straight from the Preston site.