Who's up for a virtual festival?

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is itching for live music at the minute and we’re working on hard on delivering some stuff to fill the void. In the meantime, the guys at BBC Radio 1 are going ahead with their Big Weekend as planned, but with a twist: it’s a virtual festival. What do you make of it?

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With this summer's festival season looking rather bleak, BBC Radio 1 are bringing the likes of Sam Smith, Jonas Brothers, Aitch, Biffy Clyro, Dermot Kennedy, Rita Ora, Niall Horan, Disclosure, Armand van Helden, High Contrast and loads more right to your home!


According to R1, here's how it's going to work; "It will be a very different experience from a usual Big Weekend, but that won't stop us from recreating the full festival experience. “We’re going to do our best to bring you a virtual festival,” says Greg James. “Whatever you’re doing that weekend, get the radio on and you can experience a load of stuff from Big Weekends gone by, and some brand new festival performances." He adds: “We’ve never tried it before, it’s got some great plans. But of course, it could all go wrong, and that’s sort of a great thing. Whatever happens happens!


Performances take place across five virtual stages: The Radio 1 Stage, the Radio 1 Dance Stage, the 1Xtra Stage, the BBC Music Introducing Stage, and last but not least the Headliner Stage, which will feature legendary performances from previous Big Weekends, including Katy Perry’s set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow and Miley Cyrus’ stormer from Middlesbrough.


You’ll be able to tune in from home all weekend by listening to Radio 1 and BBC Sounds, and watching via BBC iPlayer. And seeing as we’re treating this as a proper festival, we’d recommend as a bare minimum that you set up a tent in your living room and wear a summer-ready bucket hat. Or an umbrella, depending on the forecast."


You can check out the full line-up (so far) right here!


Artists will do their best to recreate the festival vibes from their homes when streaming their performances with Anne-Marie saying: “I think everyone should pretend they’re at a festival and camp in their living room during Big Weekend. I’m going to do it right here in my living room, and I can’t wait.”


One Direction's Niall Horan also added: "Some of my favourite memories have been at festivals. This time with no audience, no crew and an amateur like me setting the sound up will be interesting but I’m going to give it a right go. Also my toilets are super clean unlike some of the literal pits I’ve seen at previous things!"



You can listen to everything live on BBC Radio 1 as well as on the BBC Sounds app and right here on the Big Weekend page!