Wednesday, 13 May 2009

On screen: Radio 1 Big Weekend in decent line-up shocker

Last weekend saw the annual BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend pitch up in Swindon. A quick flick through the online highlights revealed a none too shoddy line-up, and we were spared any contact with 'presenters' Edith Bowman and Reggie Yates = result.

OK, so obvious chart botherers Calvin, Dizzee, Lily, Akon, Kasabian, Franz and er, Chris Moyles all plugged their latest records/tours/weight loss but there were also sets from the very new Temper Trap, promising indie-geeks Bombay Bicycle Club and god-like disco boys Friendly Fires.

There's a ton of footage over at Radio 1's homepage, while we've scoured YouTube for embeddable highlights - enjoy...

Calvin Harris played his pop hit 'I'm Not Alone' - a chavvy rave-up with wayward vocals. Highlight comes 4m 10secs in; "Swindon, get ready to go off!!"

Dizzee Rascal
goes 'Bonkers'. Noisy:

Friendly Fires 'Jump In The Pool'. Yes please:

Is that Kings of Leon? No it's Midlands apes Kasabian easing through 'Empire':

Like your pop soppy? Getting wallowing with The Script's 'Breakeven' (SPOILER: it's a fan video):

Recession = the return of escapist, fantasy pop (see La Roux, Little Boots, Marina and the Diamonds). Lad rock is dead - try telling that to The Enemy:

Alesha Dixon's 'The Boy Does Nothing' still sounds fresh even with ropey dance moves:

White Lies. Immaculate on record, 'Fairwell to the Fairground' sounds a little tired here:

'Kingdom of Rust' by Doves. Nuff said, these blokes deserve every accolade they'll pick up via their new album:

P.S. Where were Great Britain's best pop band - A.K.A Take That?

Oh, found 'em:

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