BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2022: how to get tickets for music festival in Coventry, dates and line up rumours

Greg James said he would be giving away tickets for the Radio 1 Big Weekend during the breakfast show on Friday

Coldplay headlined the virtual big weekend in 2021 (Picture: BBC)

The first ticket giveaway for Radio 1’s Big Weekend is to take place on Friday (21 January.)

DJ Greg James, presenter of the breakfast show, said he would give tickets away on Friday morning.

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It comes after the BBC has revealed that Radio 1’s Big Weekend will go ahead in 2022, with the line up expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The live music event was cancelled in 2020 and went ahead virtually in 2021, which was some consolation for ticket holders who were unable to attend in person due to coronavirus restrictions.

While the lineup for other rescheduled concerts have been easily guessed due to the postponed headline acts returning the following year, the virtual headlining acts from this year means big names for next year are likely to be a complete surprise.

So, who will headline Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2022 - where and when will it take place? This is what you need to know.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend venue and dates

The three-day-long event will take place 27-29 May at the War Memorial Park in Coventry.

Memorial Park is expected to host around 70,000 revellers across the weekend, as it kicks off festival season.

It is believed the location was picked due to Coventry being chosen as the City of Culture 2021, as well as Coventry boy Pa Salieu winning BBC Sound Of 2021.

The city is also expected to host the MOBO awards in December.

Coventry boy Pa Salieu is proud that his hometown will host the festival (picture: Getty)

Speaking of the choice of venue, Head of Radio 1 Aled Haydn Jones said: "We can’t wait to bring some of the biggest artists on the planet along with us when we head to Coventry in May.”

Rapper Pa Salieu also told BBC’s Newsbeat that he is "more than proud" of his city - adding having Big Weekend there is "very, very exciting".

"It’s a city full of so much vast culture. It will be sick, Coventry will appreciate it," he added.

How to get tickets for Radio 1 Big Weekend

Coventry Live reported that Greg James said he would be giving away the first tickets for the Big Weekend on Friday morning during the Radio 1 Breakfast show.

The show runs from 7am until 10.30am.

Tickets have yet to go on sale for the weekend, as the BBC said it is preparing to release the line up.

"We’ve got some incredibly exciting ideas in the pipeline for the event this time around,” said Aled Hadyn Jones.

The tickets are expected to be available via ticketmaster, which has previously been the official ticket partners of BBC’s Big Weekend events.

Day tickets and weekend tickets are expected to be available.

Line up rumours for 2022 festival

There has been little in the way of rumours about the suspected line up for 2022, as headliners for 2020 and 2021 took part in virtual sessions, which were streamed live.

In 2020, Sam Smith was set to play centre stage but was relegated to an online concert streamed via BBC Sounds.

One Direction headlined the weekend in Glasgow in 2014 (Picture: BBC)

This year, events organisers opted to take the same approach and headliners for the virtual festival included Coldplay, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Celeste, and Royal Blood.

The singers performed from various landmarks across the UK.

How to watch BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend on TV

While the festival is returning live for the first time in two years, it will still be available for anyone to watch from the comfort of their couch.

For those without tickets, the festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1 with full sets then becoming available on the BBC Sounds app.

Fans will also be able to watch the performances through BBC iPlayer and see their favourite acts perform live from the comfort of their own home.