The first major festival of the UK’s summer calendar was held right here in Norfolk over the weekend and what a party it turned out to be.
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the biggest free ticket event in Europe, took place at Earlham Park in Norwich.
It was very much a festival of two halves. Saturday was warm and sunny, whereas Sunday started out being very wet, although the rain eased off late in the afternoon.
The line-up was very diverse, with a little something for everyone. The BBC Introducing stage had some interesting acts from East Anglia across a wealth of music genres. The “In New Music We Trust” stage was full for pretty much every performance, and again the selection was very eclectic.
The main stage was where most of the action was though (naturally) and it was also the hardest stage to get anywhere near. It’s strange though, because even though the event “sold” all 25,000 tickets for each day, there just seemed to be a lot more people in attendance on Sunday than there was on Saturday.
For me personally, the line-up on Saturday was stronger than Sunday, but both days held some surprises. Snoop Dogg caused mass hysteria on Saturday, and complete with a Norwich City football shirt, literally tore up the stage. The tent was full, and there were people clamouring around the entrance so that they could hear.
Sunday’s equivalent was Taylor Swift, and the screams emitting from the crowd every time her name was announced were deafening.
It was a surprisingly short set though, lasting a mere 45 minutes, but the performance delighted pretty much everyone.
There were many acts I thought I wouldn’t enjoy, but when live music is good, you can’t help but get carried away by the momentum.
From Saturday there was 5 Seconds Of Summer, Florence and the Machine and Charli XCX. Sunday’s surprises came in the shape of Catfish and the Bottlemen and Imagine Dragons, both of whom I’d not heard before. I also thoroughly enjoyed Olly Murs and Taylor Swift, as their performances were both very entertaining.
Headlining both days were two of the biggest rock bands on the planet, in the shape of Muse on the Saturday, and Foo Fighters on Sunday.
Both bands are very high energy, and the perfect way to close out the show. Muse never fail to impress, and the Foo Fighters also deliver on all counts.
One thing is certain though, and that’s the fact that everyone in attendance would have found it memorable in some way, and everyone will have taken something different home with them.
What a weekend it was.