Radio 1’s Big Weekend is one of the musical highlights of the year and thousands of people head along to watch their favourite bands and singers perform live.

This morning Nick Grimshaw announced that international pop star Katy Perry will be headlining this year's event.

Big Weekend is Europe’s largest free ticketed festival - making it all the more appealing for fans.

This year it will take place in Hull to coincide with the UK City of Culture celebrations.

But who's playing and how can you get tickets? Here's what we know so far.

Where will it be held?

The BBC festival will be held from Saturday May 27 to Sunday, May 28 at Burton Constable Hall in Hull.

Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw said: “I’m super excited for Big Weekend as it kicks off festival season and always has a mega line up of the best live music."

The two-day event - which is now in its fourteenth year - is held at a different location each time and has previously visited places like Exeter, Norwich and Hackney.

Who will be playing?

Katy Perry

Pop royalty Katy Perry will be gracing the stage to perform some of her biggest hits.

Nick Grimshaw confirmed the news this morning on his Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

Katy said: “Radio 1’s Big Weekend is always a blast and I’m so happy to be able to make it to Hull alongside the incredible line-up.

"Grimmy has told me all about Hull and we’ve already set up a date to the Yorkshire pudding factory.”

Little Mix

This will be the second time Little Mix play at the festival, following their debut appearance in 2013 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The girl band released their fourth studio album Glory Days in 2016 and it received a huge reception from fans and critics.

Their single Shout Out To My Ex became their fourth UK number 1 single.


Stormzy - who found fame with his smash hit single Shut Up - will also be taking to the stage in Hull.

The London based rapper performed alongside Ed Sheeran at the Brit Awards this year and released his first studio album - Gang Signs & Prayer - in February.

Recently the 23-year-old opened up about his battle with depression and has said that he wants his album to help those tackling similar issues.

Kings of Leon

American rock band Kings of Leon are also headlining. Expect hit singles like Sex on Fire, Use Somebody, On Call and others.

The boys will be touring the UK in June.

The Big Weekend full line up is set to be revealed in the next few weeks.

How can I get tickets?

Radio 1's Big Weekend is a free ticket event which means you don't have to pay to go.

This year the BBC is expecting to have more than 50,000 tickets to give away over the course of two days.

To find out when tickets are released follow Radio 1 on Twitter and Facebook - as it is likely they will be announced here first.

Although there is no ticket charge there is a non-refundable admin fee of £8.50 - this covers ticket handling, postage and other event administration costs.

If you don't get tickets you can catch up with all the performances live or on demand on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel.