Radio 1's Big Weekend line-up is incredible this year, but who's essential?
What a line-up. BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend acts continue to be announced, and the list of who to see is becoming pretty difficult to narrow down. The music festival will take place between May 26 - 27 2019 at Stewart Park, Middlesborough; for music lovers, this is one of the most alluring weekends of the year.
It's hardly surprising that the festival is already sold out. However, if you have a ticket, you're in for an absolute treat. There are lots of amazing acts spread across the two days, but for a variety of reasons, these five artists are ones you cannot miss:
Bring Me the Horizon
Bring Me the Horizon embarked on a journey in 2004 which led to them becoming one the most rapidly evolving bands of their scene. It's actually quite baffling how far they've come. Their latest album, Amo, is such a far cry from the debut, Count Your Blessings.
Over the years, the band have widened their appeal considerably, deciding to sculpt material for music lovers rather than fans of one particular genre. Their hybridity has allowed them to stay ahead of the curve, never allowing themselves to surrender to negative expectations. Sure, they've lost some old fans, but they've gained so much more along the way. More listeners, more ambition, more confidence.
Dave's debut studio album - Psychodrama - may just be the best record of 2019 so far, and that really is saying something. The South-London artist has channelled everything into this project, but fortunately, all of his efforts are evident even upon first listening. However, it's returning to the album which allows you to truly appreciate just how complete a body of work this is.
It's a concept album, but despite this, certain tracks - even in isolation - will be absolutely phenomenal to hear live. The album has already proven a tremendous success, so Dave's crowd at Big Weekend is going to be huge. If any set across the weekend is essential, it's this one. Expect a glorious celebration of UK hip-hop on Sunday.
Billie Eilish is a surefire phenomenon. She's only seventeen years old already she's arguably already achieved iconic status. The young musician is an inspiration and a role model for her generation, but more importantly, her music is good enough to broaden her appeal to that of adults. It's through her music that Eilish conveys talent and intelligence way beyond her years.
Her debut album - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - has certainly delivered, serving up fans a complete collection of her unique and current sound. Sometimes singers boasting a certain image and edge simply fade out, but honestly, Billie Eilish has just proven she's the real deal. There's no telling how far she'll go, or how far we'll follow her...
Very few indie bands to emerge in the mid-2000s have offered such consistency. Foals are fantastic, and they may have gotten even better with age; their 2019 album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1 features some of their most impressive material to date. Their last four albums are admirably cohesive, and over the years they've cockily proved to fans that what you see is what you get.
Sonically, they've always managed to separate themselves from their contemporaries, which means they've never had to change their sound. In a saturated market, Foals still stand out. All they've had to do is perfect their craft, and they've arrived at a stage in their career which we always knew they would. They're also one of the best live bands on the planet, so there's that too — not to be missed at any cost.
Why are Vampire Weekend on this list? Because they're the ultimate festival band of course. If you haven't seen the band perform at a festival before, then Radio 1's Big Weekend is the perfect opportunity to do so. With a new album on the way, they'll be itching to hit the stage and showcase some fresh material, as well as playing the fan-favourites that we'll all be yearning to hear. Let's hope the sun's shining high for this party on Saturday.
Besides these five excellent artists, there are still so many performers you should do your best to see. However, if you make time for any of them, make time for the best of them. Don't miss out!