BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2016 are giving music fans more of a chance to attend the event with 50,000 tickets set to be made available. The pop bonanza will be taking place at Powderham Castle, Exeter over the Bank Holiday Weekend on 28 and 29 May and tickets are free for all guests.
Tickets will be released at 8am on 1 April during the Radio 1 Breakfast Show hosted by DJ Scott Mills with priority given to those living in the Exeter and Teignbridge area. Although tickets are free, festival-goers will have to pay a non-refundable fee of £8.50 per ticket through Ticketmaster to cover postage and other admin costs.
Performers announced to play the Saturday are Bring Me The Horizon, Chase & Status, Craig David and Jake Bugg, while Coldplay, Ellie Goulding and The 1975 are confirmed to hit the stages on Sunday. Teasing their headline set, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin said: "I lived the first few years of my life less than 500 yards from where we'll be performing, so this couldn't be more of a homecoming for me. Guy, Will, Jonny and I are honoured to be on the bill and we're looking forward to a very special show."
Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw is expected to reveal the full line-up on his show and previously said of the event: "Big Weekend is my highlight of the year – I can't wait to bring you the best in live music and to spend a weekend celebrating the start of the summer in Exeter."
Big Weekend 2015 saw performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, Muse, Foo Fighters, David Guetta and Rudimental.