Snow Patrol, Dizzee thrill at Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Chris Moyles also pledges his future to the station

Snow Patrol closed out an eventful first day of Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Swindon yesterday (May 9), with a succession of their hits.

Playing hits like ‘Run’, ‘Chasing Cars’, and ‘Signal Fire’, Gary Lightbody made no allusions to the intended solo career he announced this week, but did find time to thank Radio 1 and their fans. Running over time, the band were forced to slightly curtail their set.

Basement Jaxx‘s packed headline slot on the In New Music We Trust stage ended with a version of ‘Where’s Your Head At’ supplemented by a dancing panda.

In another of the most attended performances, Dizzee Rascal was joined onstage by both of his ‘Dance Wiv Me’ collaborators –Chrome and Calvin Harris. The latter, wearing an electric blue jacket, drew one of the loudest cheers of the day when he appeared mid-song. Equally well-received was Dizzee‘s closing track: new single ‘Bonkers’, out on May 18.

Earlier, DJ Chris Moyles performed a series of parodies of pop hits along with his Radio 1 breakfast slot sidekicks ‘Comedy Dave’ and Dominic Byrne. Byrne played guitar during a spoof of Kings Of Leon hit ‘Revelry’ called ‘Dreaming Of Debbie McGee’ , and Moyles appeared to forget the words to his first song – a version of Britney Spears‘Womanizer’ called ‘Lorry Driver’.

Moyles took the opportunity to once again dash rumours that he is due to retire from the station, stating that: “I’ll be the saviour of Radio 1 for as long as you want me.” Later, as Vernon Kay lead the crowd in a chant of ‘You Fat Bastard’, Moyles retorted ‘I think that should be ‘rich fat bastard’.

Florence Welchb drew a large crowd to the In New Music We Trust stage mid-afternoon, her six-person backing band now including Cherish Kaya, ex- keyboardist in Ipso Facto, who wore a sequined black cape that Florence dubbed ‘disco Goth’. She ended her set with a cover of ‘You Got The Love’, a song also briefly covered by Kasabian in their own set some three hours later.

Jack Penate also offered one of the first outings for his new record, in a set which included very little material from his first.