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Radio 1's Big Weekend Preston 2007
Member Name: andyoz
Radio 1's Big Weekend Preston 2007
Advantages: Great day out, lots to listen to, spoil for choice
Well can't believe this was over 2 years ago now! Every year for about the past 5 Radio 1 have put on a massive outdoor festival in May. They hold it in a different town or city every year, picked at random from what I can gather. In 2007 it was the turn of Preston. Being from Blackburn which is just down the road I was quite exctied. So I applied for tickets in the online ballot. However I was not one of the lucky ones. But, my best mate was! Twice in fact, he applied using his email and his dad's and both won! So we had 4 tickets. So me and my mate, and another couple all had tickets for the Saturday of the show.
I had no idea what to expect when I got there eraly afternoon but was very impressed with the scale of the event. I think there were about 25,000 people there all spread out over a large field. There were three stages, 'The Main Stage' the 'Introducing Stage' and the 'Dance' stage. The Dance one was outdoors and held little interest really as I'm not a fan of dance music. The other two stages were inside massive blue tents, that seemed to hold the sound really well.
As the show kicked off there were a few acts on the Main stage such as, The Fray and a few others. Nothing we really fancied. So we made our way over to the 'Introducing' stage whch was trying to highlight fresh new bands. The first one we saw was the 'Cold War Kids'. Have heard a few of there songs and was very impressed with them. We only made it to the edge of the big tent but just chilled there and listenen to this.
Next up were the 'Pigeon Detectives'. A band I knew very little about back then, think they had only just released there first song. But I was very impressed! The lead singer had so much energy and was bouncing all over the stage! At one point he got all tangled in the mike wire and nearly took his head off, but he still managed to carry on regardless. We were in the midle of the crowd for this and there was a great atmosphere.
After this my mates wanted to go and see if they could find a TV to watch the football, think it were FA cup final day or something. 'Biffy Clyro' were next up and they had never heard of them. I had! So I left them and went right down to the front to wait while they set up. The hour or so wait was worth it! They were brilliant! Even though I only new a few songs I was very impressed, they had everyone jumping along. Have really come to love this band because of seeing that performance that afternoon!
After Biffy I went and found my friends who had not found a TV, so they were just sat around in the sunshine. Next as we went into the evening we headed for the 'Main' stage. The Fratelies were next up and we all like them. We managed to get into a decent position and really enjoyed the show. Chelsea Dagger was the highlight with everyone singing along and bouncing up and down. A great show.
After this is was the turn of Kasabian. Now I must admit I was not really bothered about seeing them. Never really enjoyed their music and not a fan. But as we were wedged in the crowd I thought I might as well stay. I am glad I did. Have seen loads of live bands over the years, and nothing has ever come close to Kasabian! They blew me away! Even though not a fan, I did know alot of their songs. The lead singer was brilliant at getting the crowd involved, everyone was singing along and jumping up and down. Would give them 10/10 for there performance. It had everything. Was completely converted in the space of an hour, and have bought a few of there albums since! Would jump at the chance to see them again!
During the breaks between bands which were generally about 40 minutes, there was plenty to enjoy. Radio 1 presenters like Edith Bowman, Chris Moyles, Fern Cotton were always on hand to do there bit to keep the crowd happy. Vernon Kay was one of the highlights when he got everyone singing along to 'Don't look back in Anger', this was a brilliant moment I will never forget.
After this Razorlite were headlining. These were the big act of the day. I do like Razorlite as well so I was looking forward to this. However to be honest I was a little disapointed. I thought there performance was a little flat. Not much emotion, not much crowd involvement. Just a bit stale. I did enjoy listening but was certainly not moved the way I was listening to Kasabian.
After this the Scissor Sisters were last on, but by this time, standing in the same spot for about 4 hours, we had all had enough. So we made our way home.
I was disapointed to have missed the Gossip who were performing on the other stage while Kasabian were on, but was glad I had stayed put. I just had to go home and watch on TV as Beth Ditto dived/flopped into the crowd.
This was a great day out. The facilites were good, beer and food were not to expensive like they can be at large events. The toilets were not great, but this is just what you expect at a massive outdoor gig, later in the afternoon, the fence was just the place where you went if you were busting, including alot of women too!!
To say this event is free, I have to admit it's awesome. To go to these big festivals it can be very expensive. So for Radio 1 to put one on for free is fantastic. You do have to be lucky with the tickets but its certainly worth a try.
So if next year 'One Big Weekend' comes to a town near you. Do everything you can to get there and see it! You will not be dispointed!
Summary: A brilliant day, would strongly recommend going if you get the chance
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