Posted : 27 January 2020

Ambassadors for Dundee’s One City Many Discoveries Campaign have welcomed the triumphant return Of BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend.

Many of the biggest stars in music will take to the stage at Camperdown Park this summer when Radio One’s Big Weekend returns to the city over the weekend of May 22 – 24.

In response to the announcement, city ambassadors have sent their messages of support, including musicians Ged Grimes from Simple Minds and Tom Simpson, formerly of Snow Patrol who recalled his experience of playing at the first Radio One Big Weekend in 2006.

“It’s fantastic news that Radio 1’s Big Weekend is returning to Dundee,” said Simple Minds’ Ged Grimes. “The people of Dundee have been always been proud to welcome visitors to our vibrant city but this is also a great opportunity for Dundonians to experience the biggest music artists right on our own doorstep.”

Tom Simpson, former member of Snow Patrol, said: “Flashback to 2006 and we were touring 'everywhere' with the 'Eyes Open' LP. When Radio 1 asked us to headline at The Big Weekend we jumped at the chance until we realised we were committed to playing Dusseldorf the evening before and. thought we'd have to say no. But, after some very cool negotiating and a chartered flight we managed to make it to Dundee in time; the birthplace of Snow Patrol and my home city.

“The line-up for the festival was an amazing mix of rock and pop, with big acts such Muse, Ash and Pink and have no doubt that it will be jammed packed with all the big acts that are currently in the spotlight. Let's hope the sun shines on Dundee and Big Weekend is as huge a success in 2020 as it was in 2006.”

TV Presenter Lorraine Kelly said: “This was such a huge success last time so no wonder they want to come back to a wonderful, enthusiastic audience and a friendly welcome.”

Insights Group CEO Andy Lothian said: “I’m thrilled the Radio One Big Weekend is coming back to Dundee – this is a hugely exciting opportunity for the city. Dundee is enjoying a cultural renaissance and events like this help put this incredible city squarely on the map.”

Mike Stirling, Head of Beano Studios Scotland, said: “Dundee’s one of the most influential cities for music, worldwide, with legends like Average White Band, Billy Mackenzie and the Associates, Danny Wilson, and Michael Marra - to name but a few – inspiring awesome new talent like Kyle Falconer and Be Charlotte.

“Dennis is waiting on the call from Radio One to join some of them on the main stage at Big Weekend to form the ultimate supergroup – Dennis and the Dundonian Dinmakers - with Gnasher on maracas, of course.”

“We’re delighted this summer will begin with the triumphant return of Radio 1’s Big Weekend. This event will further boost our city’s reputation as an exciting, dynamic place to visit, work and live.“ said a spokesperson for Dundee, One City Many Discoveries.