Coldplay at Whitby Abbey among highlights of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend of Live Music

Coldplay performing at Whitby Abbey is set to be one of the highlights of Radio 1’s Big Weekend of Live Music.

By Duncan Atkins
Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 9:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 9:30 am

Taking place across four days for the first time in the event’s 18-year history, from May 28 to 31, Radio 1’s Big Weekend of Live Music 2021 will have more than 120 live performances for fans to enjoy.

Around 50 of the performances will be brand new live sets recorded exclusively for Big Weekend 2021, with five filmed on location around the UK and more to be recorded in the BBC’s Radio Theatre.

And one of those fimed on location was Coldplay s performance last week at Whitby Abbey, the centuries-old monastic ruins that formed the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Coldplay at Whitby Abbey. picture: BBC.

The abbey was lit up in spectacular scenes culminating in a fireworks display.

Where the other performances were filmed

Ed Sheeran’s performance takes place at Snape Maltings, a landmark arts complex on the banks of the River Alde in Suffolk.

AJ Tracey performs at The Regal, a basketball court belonging to South London community hub The Black Prince Trust.

The spectacular fireworks at Whitby Abbey. Picture: Helen & Jon Brown.

Jorja Smith performs at the iconic Alexandra Palace in North London.

And Royal Blood perform on Brighton Pier in Sussex.

The Radio 1 DJ family will be coming together in person for the first time in more than a year to host the event from an outdoor studio across the weekend.

Performances will be broadcast on Radio 1 with full sets available on BBC Sounds.

Fans will also be able to watch a selection of tracks on Radio 1’s iPlayer and YouTube channels, with a curated stream on iPlayer featuring select performances and artist interviews from Saturday to Monday.

BBC One will also broadcast a 90 minute Big Weekend special hosted by Radio 1 Breakfast host Greg James. Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2021: Best Bits (Saturday 29 May, 10.20– 11.50pm) will showcase some of the highlights from each of the new sets filmed around the UK and in the BBC’s Radio Theatre.

The full schedule is here.