Music festivals are generally created to catch the music of the time and tie it to a place that suits the vibe. TV and radio usually catch up and start bringing these events to a wider audience once they are established. BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is staged like a traditional festival but was conceived to be as much a broadcast as a live happening, writes Kevin Hilton.
The 2011 Big Weekend was held during May at Carlisle Airport in the north-west of England. As in past years in other locations the event took place on four stages presenting artists of differing styles and standing. The Main Stage hosts big-name, established acts (this year including Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Tinie Tempah); the In New Music We Trust Stage presents emerging or less mainstream bands (The Strokes, The Vaccines, Swedish House Mafia, Friendly Fires); and unsigned performers are showcased on the BBC Introducing Stage, with the Outdoor Stage giving a home to radio and club DJs.