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It’s ten years since Radio 1 Big Weekend came to Preston

Posted on - 19th May, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Events, Moor Park, Music, Nostalgia, Observations
Radio 1 Big Weekend's big blue tent Pic: George D Thompson
Radio 1 Big Weekend’s big blue tent Pic: George D Thompson

It was two days when the music world stopped, and looked at Preston.

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Moor Park had a giant wall put up around most of it and a big blue tent could be seen in-front of Deepdale.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend is now a DECADE ago, I’ve put that in caps because for me it feels a heck of a long time, since the likes of Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs and Calvin Harris came to do their thing in the city.

Alongside the Big Weekend itself there were a host of fringe events, special club nights and people swearing blind they’d seen Beth Ditto from Gossip in Subway getting the meal deal.

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Some acts have gone onto arena-headlining mega stardom (Biffy Clyro) while others have sunk into obscurity (The Pigeon Detectives).

Here’s everyone who played during that awesome Saturday and Sunday in May 2007

Saturday 19 May

Main stage
Scissor Sisters
Razorlight
Kasabian

There may have been some beer thrown during this set
There may have been some beer thrown during this set

The Fratellis
The Fray
Natasha Bedingfield
The Twang
Jamie T

In New Music We Trust Stage
Groove Armada
Gossip

Beth Ditto from Gossip
Beth Ditto from Gossip

LCD Soundsystem
CSS
Biffy Clyro

'Mon the Bif!
‘Mon the Bif!

Cold War Kids
The Pigeon Detectives

Outdoor Arena
Westwood
Mista Jam
Seamus Haji
Meck
Groova Armada – DJ Set
Judge Jules
Tim Deluxe vs Simon Franks
Simian Mobile Disco
Annie Mac
Freemasons

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Sunday 20 May

Main stage
Kaiser Chiefs

Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs goes walkabout
Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs goes walkabout

Stereophonics
The View
Mika
Rihanna

A lot of Preston tried to get under her umbrella (eh, eh, eh)
A lot of Preston tried to get under her umbrella (eh, eh, eh)

Mark Ronson
Just Jack
Calvin Harris

We discovered Calvin Harris had HUGE hands
We discovered Calvin Harris had HUGE hands

In New Music We Trust Stage
Bloc Party

Play Silent Alarm in full please Kele...
Play Silent Alarm in full please Kele…

Maximo Park
Klaxons
Dizzee Rascal

For some reason Dizzee Rascal played Preston a lot in a short space of time
For some reason Dizzee Rascal played Preston a lot in a short space of time

MIA
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
The Enemy

Outdoor Arena
Bobby & Nihal
Rob Da Bank
Zane Lowe & Mark Ronson
Klaxons – DJ Set
Pete Tong & Vernon
David Guetta
Trophy Twins
Fergie
Tylor Leigh
Dave Pearce

Who do you remember seeing? Did you go? Let us know and revel in nostalgia in the comments below

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