BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2016

The Access Scoop

Every year, Radio One’s Big Weekend is the talk of the town wherever they go – with non-stop, top quality live radio coverage from the BBC on Radio One itself and live television coverage on BBC Four. For those of you who don’t know, Big Weekend is Europe’s biggest free ticketed event and was held in Exeter this year. Even if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to the event, you could experience the sheer excitement through your speakers and screen, making the atmosphere tangible anywhere in the country. And if you missed it, worry not, the performances are up on iPlayer ( and Youtube (

We are proud to say that it was Access Bookings’ 8th year managing the accommodation requirements for the event. Again everyone’s hard work paid off with everything running smoothly through the weekend and needless to say, the stress was taken out of the process with our experienced team at the helm.

Some of our team were lucky enough to attend the event. Each and every performance brought the house down. I was on site on the Sunday – with my personal highlights including Kygo, Ellie Goulding and Coldplay. There was an incredible atmosphere, as young and old came out to watch some of the biggest acts, from across the musical spectrum perform.

In addition, we’ve also provided services for numerous other festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, Latitude, V and Creamfields. Little surprise that earlier on in the year we were shortlisted for the Festival Supplier awards!

Here are some pictures we managed to snap while there:

The iconic BBC Radio One sign everyone was queuing to get a picture with.


The beautiful view of Powderham Castle in the guest area.


Looks like Mary Poppins and co. made a visit to the event! Maybe she’s a closet Coldplay fan…


The big wheel… luckily we don’t fear heights! We got an amazing view, check it out below:


Approximately 50,000 people were on location on both days – the below was just the build-up!



The sky lit up with stunning fireworks for the finale of the event, with Coldplay headlining and closing the stage. The scorching weather (25 degrees) and the fact that Chris Martin was born and raised in Exeter made it all the more special; his passion was certainly evident in their performance.

It’s safe to say that the hard work was worth it! It will most definitely be leaving its mark in the history of BBC Radio One Big Weekends. Check out the full line-up here:

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