Bombay Bicycle Club say One Direction’s Big Weekend set lacked showmanship

Band say Harry Styles and co's performance was 'bizarre'

Bombay Bicycle Club have hit out at One Direction’s stage show

The two bands shared the bill at Radio One’s Big Weekend in Glasgow on Saturday (May 24) when Coldplay, Lily Allen, Lorde and Pharrell also performed.

Speaking to Metro, Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman said: “We saw One Direction before our set. I was genuinely puzzled by their performance. I mean I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the music but I was expecting to enjoy their showmanship but they all got on stage and almost just had their hands in their pockets, it was bizarre.”

Steadman also revealed that he was apprehensive about playing the free festival due to the number of pop acts on the bill. “I think we were just being presumptuous about the type of person that was going to the festival,” he said. “There were a lot of pop acts and One Direction so it was really amazing to have a full tent for a band like us.”

Bombay Bicycle Club used their Big Weekend set to pay tribute to the Glasgow School Of Art, which was ravaged by fire last week. The band dedicated the final song of their set at the event to students at the school. The band played on the In New Music We Trust stage at the event in Glasgow, saying that closing track ‘Carry Me’ was for “all of our friends at the Glasgow School of Art”.