A staple in the British Summer live music calendar, BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend has been bringing the most popular acts to all corners of the UK for many years now. This year, it was the turn of Dundee to host this two day pop extravaganza and, for Scottish pop fans, the line-up didn’t disappoint.
The 2023 edition saw a wealth of big-hitters from the pop world descend on Scotland as Radio One pulled together a mouth-watering line-up across two stages. Often criticised for not championing new music, this weekend saw some of the new breed of modern pop grace the bill alongside the superstars of British pop. From Wet Leg to Scotland’s own finest The Snuts. From more established goth pop favourites Pale Waves to newcomers like Piri and Romy. There was plenty here to get excited about.
A look at the rest of the bill saw a tantalizing list of household names gracing the stages in Dundee. From top to bottom, the bill had something from across the pop scene. Want some pop with attitude? Well, Mimi Webb, Self Esteem, Cassyette, Zara Larsson and Anne-Marie should tick those boxes. Jared Leto’s Thirty Seconds To Mars made their long-awaited return to the UK following the release of their new single while indie stars The 1975 closed out the Saturday night.
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Elsewhere Brighton guitar rock duo Royal Blood kickstarted what will be a busy year with a new album and tour just announced, while Becky Hill and Niall Horan both drew massive crowds prior to the Brighton band taking to the www. Over the two days, pop fans were treated to a conveyor belt of pop acts with highlight after highlight keeping the party going.
Who better to close out the weekend than a local hero and pop superstar? Well, it came as no surprise to see the wonderful Lewis Capaldi bring the curtain down on this Scottish pop weekend and with more festival appearances lined-up for the Summer including a headline slot at Reading/Leeds in August, the loveable Scot signed off this edition of the Big Weekend magnificently.
Each year the Big Weekend lives up to it’s name and, as Dundee will testify to, the 2023 edition continued that tradition leaving us wondering where will be next when Summer rolls around again in 2024?
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