Radio 1’s Big Weekend has enjoyed another great weekend up north in the City of Hull, which is also currently enjoying it’s year as the City of Culture. So far this years’ highlights including Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Lorde, Zara Larsson, Stormzy, Shawn Mendes, Emeli Sande’, Little Mix,. putting on some amazing performances throughout the whole of the festival. During Emeli Sande’ performance there was a red heart in the background with MANCHESTER written on it as she dedicated one of her songs Highs & Lows to the victims of the recent Manchester terrorist attack on the 22/5/17. French artist Christine & The Queens did an amazing performance of her hit single Tilted during which the crowd sang with her. She even had dancers on the stage with her, seriously she is something of an incredible artist. Former X-Factor singer James Arthur played to the crowds with his song Say You Won’t Let Go, which sounds a lot like The Scripts The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Wonder if they’ve heard it. Kasabian played their new hit You’re In Love With A Psycho with Tom and Sergio dressed in weird but interesting gear. Clean Bandit played before the crowd whilst making good use of a cello. Katy Perry stole the show as the headlining act. She did dedicate her first song to the victims of the Manchester bombings. That song was Part Of Me which seemed very appropriate for the mood and gave new meaning to the lyrics ‘This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me. Indeed a fitting tribute. 🙂
Listening to Rag’n’Bone man perform his sensational debut hit track Human on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 right now, and I swear this song just gets better the more I listen to it. In a way he’s like a male version on Adele, he may be big in size but when he opens his mouth it’s a different story. This guy’s got a powerful, gospel voice which you simply can’t ignore. The song’s off the album of the exact same name.
And the winner is London gal Ray BLK (Building, Loving Knowing) who’s been described as the British equivalent of Lauryn Hill and by going by the sound of her two singles My Hood and Chill Out f.t SG Lewis. Both are incredible and great listening pleasure. Other runners up from this year are…
2. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
4. Jorja Smith
5. Nadia Rose
The Japanese House
Well done for getting this far in the poll and look forward to hearing from you this year. Other winners have included Sam Smith, Jessie J, Adele and Michael Kiwanuka are previous winner