Whitby Abbey has been named this year’s BBC Radio One Big Weekend venue, with four days of live music planned for the popular event.
Announcing the news after Greg James let it slip just last night, the event, which was held in Middlesbrough almost two years ago, will be filmed at numerous ‘iconic’ locations in the UK – with guests encouraged to enjoy the new live content at home, at the pub and with friends.
Unfortunately, due to COVID, the event will not take place with a live audience, however, music fans will be able to enjoy hundreds of fantastic performances across the four days, with Royal Blood, Celeste and Ed Sheeran said to be confirmed as part of the line-up.
Greg James said of the event: “We’re doing really cool venues with really amazing artists”
“They’re going to be proper brand new performances, all available on iPlayer, BBC Sounds, on the radio, on Bank Holiday weekend.”
Adding: “It’s great for live music, we’re slowly but surely coming out of hibernation and we don’t want to overwhelm ourselves with a massive festival,”
“We can’t do that obviously so we will encourage people to be in their gardens or hanging out with their mates in the park with the radio on.”
James also said: “I’d hoped everything would have been back to normal by now to be honest.
“But as we’ve been doing for the last 12 months, we’ll be making the May bank holiday as fun and entertaining as possible with Big Weekend 2021.
“I can’t wait until we’re all drunk in a field again but for now, we’ll keep doing what we can to thank our listeners and support the artists that have helped make the last year easier to manage.”
Running from May 28th to 31st, the Bank Holiday event is set to boast some massive names over the four days, with Greg James teasing two huge names are yet to be revealed.