This weekend the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend hits Norwich, as some of the world’s biggest bands and artists take the stage at Earlham Park across the 23rd and 24th May.
And it’s all change, even at this late stage! Sam Smith has pulled out as he nurses a vocal chord injury which has resulted in the singer having to undergo surgery. The heartbroken singer wrote the following on his instagram page:
‘Dear All: I am very upset to announce I have been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven’t recovered and I’m going to need surgery.
I’m so gutted to be missing all the shows and events I was meant to be playing at. The doctors say I will b back in 6-8 weeks and I cannot wait to sing for you all soon.’
He added: ‘I have my operation booked for next week, so getting really nervous. But by doing this in 8 weeks time I’m gonna be able to sing like never before so it’s worth it. I am so sorry to all. Dreading the next month thou, I can’t speak for THREE WEEKS after the op.’
Sam’s illness also means that several gigs across the UK and Europe have been cancelled – a devastating blow to his summer of shows.
Sam will be replaced by Catfish and the Bottleman, who move from their slot in the New Music We Trust Stage. Replacing them will be grime sensation Lethal Bizzle, who said of the announcement: “I’m really looking forward to performing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend. You can expect a high energy set from me, and maybe a few exclusives, it’s going to be Dench!”.
Car parking at Earlham Park for Big Weekend will be extremely limited and must be booked in advance. Therefore, Norwich City Council recommend liftsharing to a park and ride site to get to the festival. You can find and offer lifts at the official BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend Liftshare page.
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Author Lex Barber