Jonas Brothers, Niall Horan join BBC Big Weekend virtual festival line-up


Jonas Brothers, Niall Horan, and Ellie Goulding are among the stars joining the lineup for the BBC’s virtual Big Weekend festival.

Radio 1 bosses were forced to cancel the event, set for Dundee, Scotland from May 22 to 24 (2020), due to the coronavirus crisis, but now they have announced plans for an online alternative, which will feature performances from artists’ homes and archive sets.

Aitch x AJ Tracey and Mabel also join the likes of Sam Smith, Biffy Clyro, Anne-Marie, Young T & Bugsey and Rita Ora, who were the first artists to be announced last week (ends May 10, 2020).

“Can’t wait to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend,” said Niall. “Expect a few of your favourites and some of my new ones, I’ll try and make it as good as it can get from home. I’ve played Big Weekend a few times but this one will be very different!”

Young T & Bugsey added: “Big up Radio 1 for including us on this year’s Big Weekend lineup. It’s gonna be a special one and we’re gonna be bringing the vibes to you, wherever you are!”

The new show will feature over 50 brand new live sets recorded by artists from their own homes, as well as highlights from the most memorable performances from previous Big Weekends.

The Big Weekend was the first of a string of British summer festivals shut down by the coronavirus – Glastonbury, TRNSMT and Latitude have also been canceled or postponed as a result of the pandemic.

The show will be available to stream on the BBC iPlayer website, here.