Whitby Abbey named as venue for BBC Radio One Big Weekend of Live Music

Stars including Ed Sheeran could be on the way to Whitby Abbey as part of BBC Radio One's Big Weekend of Live Music, which is taking place over the coming bank holiday weekend.

By Duncan Atkins
Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 4:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 4:14 pm

DJ Greg James let slip the news while appearing on The One Show last night, when he revealed that filming of the four-day event would take place at several iconic venues in the UK.

He told show hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas that he would be at Whitby Abbey - "a really cool venue" with "really amazing artists" who will be doing brand new performances on iPlayer, BBC Sounds and on the radio on bank holiday weekend (May 28-31).

And one of the artists Mr James mentioned was global star Ed Sheeran, whose hits include Thinking Out Loud and Don't.

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Whitby Abbey is one of the venues for BBC Radio One's Big Weekend of Live Music.

"It's great for live music, we're slowly but surely coming out of hibernation and we don't want to overwhelm ourselves with a massive festival," he said.

"We can't do that obviously so we will encourage people to be in their gardens or hanging out with their mates in the park with the radio on."

Other names Mr James mentioned who will be taking part in the Big Weekend are Celeste and rock duo Royal Blood - and dropped a hint there were two huge names yet to be revealed.

Alongside new sets, listeners will be able to enjoy memorable Radio 1 performances to have taken place in recent years, along with Live Lounge performances.

Ed Sheeran picture: Jeff Spicer, Getty images

The event rocked up in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, almost two years ago.