A Big Weekend

posted on May 14th, 2007 by Anthony

The Big Weekend Tent

So Moyles was banging on about this Big Weekend malarkey. A big free festival, loads of good bands all in Preston. Yes that Preston.

Anyway it was all of a lottery really, register your details – along with nearly 500,000 other people and you might have the outside chance of going.

I gave it a go and actually got a pair! How nice! OK it’s not the lottery or tickets to the Champions League final but it’s a chance to se the likes of Kasabian, The Fratellis, CSS, The Pigeon Detectives, Gossip, LCD Soundsystem and the Scissor Sisters. (and numpties like Natasha Bleeding Beddingfield.. but she’s easily avoided).

So me and the wife are off to sunny Preston on Saturday even though it is mildly tempting to cash in on the £130+ they are going for on Ebay.

We were quite lucky to get them really, here’s some stats from the Radio One site:

We had almost 500,000 applications for tickets and we only have 8,875 pairs a day to give out which means that just 1.8% of people who applied were lucky…

As we’ve previously said, the majority of these tickets have been given to people in the North-West and the Preston area. We used people’s postcodes to determine this. Here’s the breakdown of where they went:

  • 16,024 tickets to postcodes PR1 and PR2
  • 7,100 tickets to postcodes PR3-PR9 and BB1-BB12
  • 10,740 tickets to the North West of England area
  • 1,636 tickets to the rest of the UK

So pretty damn lucky really. Out of the 500,000 registrants we only had a realistic 1in 50 chance of getting a pair.


Frozen Indigo Angel

In the envelope for the tickets was a little business card which pointed to the website www.pauldenchfield.com while whittering on about Frozen Indigo Angel and a conspiracy at the BBC.

It turned out to be an ARG that had been running subtly for a few weeks, there was interesting use of every single web 2.0 going (nearly) – with You Tube, Flickr, Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and several other all getting a look in.

It would have been great if it hadn’t kind of fizzled out into just being a way to win tickets within 3 hours of me discovering it. It could have been much, much better especially with Perplex City being involved.

I think maybe it was far to subtle in the early days to be any use as a decent bit of viral marketing…

Anyway, back to the music…


Spread over three arenas the line up is like this:

Main Stage


Scissor Sisters – Not a big fan of their second album, but I’m really looking forward to seeing the show.

Razorlight – Not a fan, I’ll leave it at that.

Kasabian – Should be really good

The Fratellis – One of my fave bands in recent years

The Fray – You’ve got to pretty be pretty damn awful to come across as a poor mans Keane…

Natasha Bed… yeah

The Twang – I don’t know much about them to be honest

Jamie T – I’m not sure, I don’t think we’ll be checking him out though

In New Music We Trust Stage

The Pigeon Detectives

Groove Armada – It’d be great if they played ‘At the River’ with full horn section, non-stop, but you just know it’ll be that new ragga crap they peddle these days… shame.

Gossip – Good stuff, will definitely be checking these out

LCD Soundsystem – more high quality stuff…

CSS – and more…

Biffy Clyro – then stops.

Cold War Kids – Hmm, yeah, these lasted one play on the iPod

The Pigeon Detectives – The band I’m most looking forward to, catchy poppy indie at it’s best!

There’s also an open air dance tent. Simian Mobile Disco are playing there, everyone else is pretty crap – topped with the so-crap-he’s-almost-funny Westwood.