Bastille, Nick Jonas & More Kick Off BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend
We've had SO much fun...
Incase you weren’t aware, festival season has well and truly begun. We’ve already got our fix of new music from Brighton’s The Great Escape, and now we’re at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, where some of the biggest acts in the world come together and provide us with awesome music for two days.
Opening the Main Stage was Nick Jonas and he absolutely killed it with a flawless performance of all his hits, including ‘Chains’, ‘Levels’ and the one where we can never reach the high note, ‘Jealous’. Although backstage Nick seemed to be suffering with a little bit of hay fever (read snivels and watery eyes) he didn’t let that show as he delivered a stunning set to the thousands of people here at Powderham Castle, Exeter.
After successfully smashing it at MTV Crashes Coventry on Friday (27th May) it seems there is no rest for the wicked as Tom Odell performed here less than 24 hours later. He treated fans to a range of his tracks including ones from new record Wrong Crowd, as well as favourites 'Can’t Pretend' and 'Another Love'. Meghan Trainor was next to take the Main Stage, and she looked amazing in a sequin LBD, giving us serious outfit envy. Obviously Meg delivered a sass-filled set with 'No' and ‘All About That Bass’ being highlights.
Over on the In New Music We Trust stage Craig David kicked things off and reminded us all why he is the ultimate godfather of garage. twentyonepilots had the tough act of following Craig David, but naturally they delivered a killer performance. If you haven’t seen these guys live yet, make sure you do this festival season - playing tracks from their hit album Blurryface, you’d be a fool to miss them.
Back over on the Main Stage Sigma were the definition of summer festival vibes as they whizzed through hit after hit, with a couple of special guests thrown into the mix too. First Paloma Faith joined them to perform their hit single ‘Everything’s Changing’, and when you thought things couldn’t get any better, they go and bring Take That on stage. TAKE BLOODY THAT! Howard, Mark and Gary joined the duo to perform brand new single ‘Cry’ and it was as magical as it sounds.
While Stormzy was shutting down the INMWT stage (excuse the pun), Jake Bugg and then Jess Glynne were lighting up the Main Stage, however, we were most excited about what was to come.
Bastille took to the stage at around 6pm and kicked off their festival season with this being one of MANY they’re playing this summer. The four piece opened with ‘Bad Blood’ and closed with the ultimate sing-a-long, ‘Pompeii’. However, we were way more excited about the fact they performed two NEW songs - ‘Snakes’ and ‘The Current’ - that will appear on their new album, due out later this year.
Hardcore Bastille fans would have already scoured the internet and found live versions of these tracks, but for most of the people in the crowd this will be the first time they’ll have heard these songs. With an already polished live performance of both tracks these are guaranteed to be album favourites.
Chase & Status were next to take to the Main Stage followed by Saturday’s headline act, Mumford & Sons, both of which did not disappoint and we wish we could do it all over again. Oh wait... bring on day two!
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Exeter 2016. Listen back via the Radio 1 website and watch highlights on Radio 1’s YouTube channel.