This past weekend was the annual BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend Festival which took place in Hull.
The event announced earlier this year was a 2-day affair with headliners Katy Perry on Saturday, May 27th and Kings of Leon on Sunday, May 28th. Thousands gathered in the sunshine to enjoy music from a range of artist across the two days including Lorde, Lana Del Ray, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Stormzy, Little Mix, Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, Anne-Marie, JC Cooper, Haim, The Chainsmokers and so much more.
Shawn Mendes made his UK festival debut and Rita Ora returned to the stage sharing, not one but two new songs including Girls which she performed with Charli XCX and Raye. Lorde also came back with her new single Green Light and some of her classics like Team and Royals.
The main stage saw a range of artists and everybody coming together to celebrate their mutual love of music. While the festivities of the event were in full swing the victims of the Manchester attack were not forgotten a minute’s silence was held in honour of the victims.
I believe that at a time like this it is important not to forget the power of music and celebration of live entertainment and how it can be a healing experience. While the season of summer is upon us and thus meaning the festival season it is important not to take anything for granted and to enjoy the moments that we have to celebrate the music and artists that we love.
As the first big festival of summer, it was great to see how people were still able to gather and celebrate the joy that is music, the only hope is that we shall continue to do so.
Words: Seneo Mwamba