Ever since 1973, when Noel Edmonds use to wake up the nation, BBC Radio One has managed meet its target audience by travelling across the United Kingdom bringing live music and entertainment completely free of charge. The first road show was held in Newquay and since then the radio station has consistently achieved to showcase live events without admission prices.
Last weekend the Radio One juggernaut arrived in North Wales, Bangor - to be precise and the station's DJ's were rounded up and confined to a Welsh cottage for a few days prior to the big event; or so we were led to believe!
The two day party was launched by Scouting For Girls who paved the way for a dynamic line-up which would rightfully earn the organisers a sleeve of badges for being extremely well prepared.
Next up on the main stage saw 30 Seconds To Mars who were in safe gravity distance of their nemesis, Kids In Glass Houses; The Welsh lads admitted to ABLE2 they weren't keen on the bands antics in an interview last week and although the 'Kids', weren't playing until the Sunday they decided to chill out in the guest area the day before.
Staying around the guest area, this was the setting for a much smaller stage, a tepee to be more precise. This pyramid stage housed the Live Lounge area where the ever decreasing tiresome Jo Whiley, outstaying her welcome on the youthful Radio 1 station, wore short tight dresses in a vain to impress the likes of Joe Mcelderry and the Lostprophets as they magpied numbers belonging to other bands.
Another cover version could be heard back at the main stage where Cheryl Cole gave her rendition of Owl City's 'Fireflies' after giving a very average performance. However her set appeared Grammy awarding next to Justin Bieber's awful ten minute slot which saw the groomed infant thrust in front of a live audience only to see him miss words and cringe worthy banter between his questionable abysmal performances.
Still staying on the cover version wagon new boy on the grime scene, Tinnie Temper attempted Lady GaGa's 'Bad Romance' over at the In New Music We Trust stage. Patrick Junior C. Okogwu also used today to promote his forthcoming album, Disc-Overy which comes out in August.
The girls are up next, one a rising star from Hereford, London the other an international artist from New York City. One wearing a skimpy pink top performing her hits such as Starry Eyed & Guns And Horses, the other wearing a suggestive black outfit playing award-winning numbers from her nine year back catalogue which is book ended by Fallen and Un-Thinkable. Both Elle Goulding and Alica Keys were highlights today on the In New Music We Trust and the Main stages respectively - Although at least Elle didn't keep us waiting for twenty minutes!
With the recent news of Bono's back injury the next performer, Dizzee Rascal could see the Grime master king headlining Glastonbury in a matter of week’s time. So may we take this opportunity to wish the U2 front man a VERY speedy recovery!
The BBC Introducing stage nested just a short walk away from the two big tops gives new talent the chance to conquer the big time. Today relatively new acts such as Frankie & The Heartstings, The Joy Formidable and What Would Jesus Drive? They may be unheard of at the moment but a short glance at last years line-up and a quick nod towards this years main stage sees Florence & The Machine as a prime indicator how this marquee can turn acts into headline stars within twelve months.
With the first day drawing to a close in the shadow of a Radio One travelling transit van all those 35 years ago the DJ's retreat back to their Welsh cottage. Well, they don't in fact. Despite the fact that the DJ's have been waffling on all week that they are sharing a modest dwelling in the Welsh countryside a certain presenter admitted to us earlier that this wasn't the case. The Radio stars have been scattered around the nearby area in separate hotels thanks to the lack of suitable accommodation which could house all the crew.
This never happened back in the days of Noel Edmonds!
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