Madonna reworks hits at Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Madge brings 'Music' to the people in Maidstone

Madonna closed the first night of Radio 1‘s Big Weekend in Maidstone, Kent tonight (May 10) with reworked versions of her hits ‘Hung Up’ and ‘Music’.

Taking to the stage at 9.20pm (GMT), the star began her set with ‘Candy Shop’, taken from her recent Number One album ‘Hard Candy’, backed by a multitude of backing dancers and musicians.

After a rendition of recent single ‘4 Minutes’, Madonna strapped on an electric guitar and performed an excerpt from The Rolling Stones‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’.


A rock guitar-heavy version of 2005’s ‘Hung Up’ followed, before Madonna ended the 35-minute set with a minimal version of ‘Music’.

Earlier in the day, Foals performed to a packed second stage despite constant equipment problems.

The band played tracks including ‘Cassius’ and ‘The French Open’, before they were forced to curtail their set after ‘Red Sox Pugie’ due to time constraints.

The Futureheads, Vampire Weekend, Editors and We Are Scientists also performed at the event, held in the town’s Mote Park.

We Are ScientistsKeith Murray was presented with a sheep-shaped birthday cake by Jo Whiley at the end of their set – as the crowd sang ‘happy birthday’ to the singer and guitarist, Murray tore off the head of the sheep and threw it into the crowd.

Editors also performed to an enthusiastic crowd in the headline slot on the second stage, despite a depleted crowd due to Madonna‘s set.


The group’s performance included tracks ‘All Sparks’ and ‘The Racing Rats’.

The Big Weekend continues tomorrow, featuring sets from The Kooks, The Raconteurs, Gallows and Black Kids.

Madonna played:

‘Candy Shop’

‘Miles Away’

‘4 Minutes’

‘Hung Up’

‘Give It 2 Me’