Coldplay to headline Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Exeter

Bring Me The Horizon and Chase & Status also confirmed for 2016 event

Radio 1’s Big Weekend will take place in Exter this May, it has been confirmed. Coldplay, Bring Me The Horizon and Chase & Status will both perform live across the weekend.

The first names for the two-day event were announced this morning (February 1) with Coldplay the first headline act to be revealed. Ellie Goulding and Craig David will also appear with more headliners and further acts to be announced shortly. Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2016 will take place at Exeter’s Powderham Castle on May 28 and 29.


Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2015 saw Muse, Taylor Swift and Foo Fighters all perform live in Norwich. The annual festival has visited Derry, Glasgow, Bangor, Sunderland, Maidstone and Dundee since its inception in 2003.

Controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Ben Cooper, said: “We’ve taken Lady Gaga to Carlisle, Taylor Swift to Norwich and now we’re taking Chris Martin back home.

“We’re very proud to be able to bring such a diverse range of acts to Exeter, where they’ll be part of our biggest weekend of the year.”

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Earlier this year it was confirmed that Coldplay will receive the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas.

The band will pick up the award in person and also perform live at the ceremony on February 17 at O2 Academy, Brixton, London.

Coldplay, who recently released their seventh studio album ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ and have sold 80 million records worldwide, will perform an exclusive set of their greatest hits to close the show.Tickets for the ceremony, held at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 17 February, are on sale now at


The NME Awards 2016 With Austin, Texas take place this month with The Libertines, and Wolf Alice leading the list of nominees.

Following thousands of votes from NME readers, The Libertines and Wolf Alice have six nominations in total, including nods in the categories of ‘Best British Band, ‘Best Live Band’ and ‘Best Track’.

Hot on both bands’ heels are Foals, receiving four nods across the shortlist, including Best British Band, Best Live Band, Best Album and Best Track. The Maccabees, who are yet to add an NME Awards gong to their trophy set, are up for Best British Band, Best Live Band and Best Album supported by HMV.

The winners are decided by you – the fans – and voting is now open.

The NME Awards with Austin, Texas season kicked off on January 29 with NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas. Headliners Bloc Party, Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone will tour the UK. Tickets are available now.

Meanwhile, Crystal Castles will mark UK return at two NME Awards Shows with Austin, Texas. Other acts playing at London gigs throughout February include Suede, Swim Deep, Blossoms and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.