URBAN ARTISTS AT BBC RADIO 1’S BIG WEEKEND
Last week saw BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend play host to one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit – Hull (yes top 10 cities in the world). Tons of artist graced the stage for thousands of attendees that gathered in the sunshine for the festival last weekend.
Artists that took to the main stage included Rita Ora, Emeli Sande, Little Mix, Kings of Leon along with Grime artist of the moment Stormzy. The Grime star has had a killer year so far since he released his debut album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer‘.
He gave an energetic performance and had the crowds attention from start to finish. Even though he had an early set you couldn’t tell as it was rammed packed. Stormzy’s performance included hits from his album such as Cold, Big For Your Boots, Shut Up, Cigarettes and Cush and his remix to Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You.
Whilst the BBC recognises urban music through it’s 1Xtra station and celebrates artists with its 1Xtra Live event yearly, BBC Radio 1 often represents the mainstream success of music. Seeing an artist like Stormzy shows the endless possibilities for other urban artists to cross over to mainstream channels and audiences.
He really is flying the flag for grime artists at the moment showing what is possible. From being at BBC 1Xtra Live two years in a row to now sharing the stage with some of the worlds biggest acts.
Another platform the BBC uses to showcase up and coming talent at festivals is the BBC Introducing stage. Last week saw the likes of Loyle Carner who has been killing it, Rapper Scropz, a femlae artist on the rise and definitely one to look out for Cosima and Hull native Chiedu Oraka take the stage.
These artists killed it, representing on the introducing stage for the future stars. Performing at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is a great opportunity, so we look forward to what the future holds for these artists.
We applaud the BBC for their continued inclusion of urban artist at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and with Stormzy taking the main stage this year perhaps this could be a sign for more artists on the rise such as J Hus, Stefflon Don, Ray BLK and more to appear at the festival next year.
The BBC has had a history of bringing artists to mainstream success through its varied platforms and listeners. So this definitely seems like a positive movement in terms of the urban music scene which often seems to be more underground.
We can only hope that in the next couple of years the genres and sounds of the Radio 1 Festival will continue to expand and allow artists that have the passion and talent across multiple genres to celebrate together the common love of music.