50,000 tickets for Radio 1’s Big Weekend were snapped up by music fans in just over 30 minutes on Monday morning. Tickets were given away during Nick Grimshaw’s breakfast show, with 25,000 available for each day of the weekend. As with previous years, ticket allocation was based on the location of applicants. Half of the tickets were given to local residents, with a further 45% reserved for other Scottish residents and 5% for music fans from across the UK.
The annual event, which is being held in Glasgow this year, will take place from the 24-25 of May and, now in its 11th year, is Europe’s biggest free ticketed event. Jason Carter, head of live music and events at Radio 1, said: “Radio1’s Big Weekend is the network’s flagship event and every year delivers a stunning artist line up. The event’s reputation is such that every year ticket demand is huge.”
This year’s line up includes Pharrell Williams, The 1975, Rita Ora and Paolo Nutini. The weekend will kick off with performances from Pete Tong, Annie Mac and Zane Lowe as part of an outdoor party. Speaking about opening the event, Annie Mac said: “Glasgow crowds are known the world over for being special in terms of the energy they bring. It’s such an honour to start the weekend with my fellow Radio 1 DJs in the iconic George Square. It’s going to be a night to remember.”
The event was held in Londonderry last year with Bruno Mars, Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris headlining.
If you missed out on a ticket to this year’s event, tune into Radio 1, 1Xtra and the Radio 1 website to watch it broadcast live. Highlights will also be shown on BBC Three.