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Page last updated at 19:55 GMT, Saturday, 9 May 2009 20:55 UK
Chart toppers rock Big Weekend
By Greg Cochrane
Newsbeat music reporter

Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris played the main stage on Saturday

Thousands of music fans have arrived in Swindon for the first day of this year's Radio 1's Big Weekend.

20,000 ticketholders are expected on site for the annual two-day event, held this year at Swindon's Lydiard Park.

Dean Thomas, 17, from Swindon was one of the first in line. He said: "The big bands don't come so often - Swindon's a big town now, it deserves this."

Northern Irish rockers Snow Patrol will headline the main arena on Saturday, playing in a huge blue circus tent.

Extensive line-up

DJs Edith Bowman and Vernon Kay officially opened the gates at 12.05pm with thousands of queuing fans flooding through.

With the crowd enjoying warm early evening sunshine the day has already seen performances from all girl pop group The Saturdays, Daniel Merriweather, Friendly Fires and this year's Critics Choice Brit award winner Florence & The Machine.

Leaving the stage following his main stage set, Calvin Harris, who recently went to number one with I'm Not Alone, said: "It went off in the end, so happy days. It's good, I love Swindon, and I'll come back to Swindon maybe on a holiday!"

Dizzee at Radio 1's Big Weekend

Bethan, 16, from Lyneham in Swindon told Newsbeat she was glad that Big Weekend had come to her local area.

She said: "It's so great that it's come to Swindon. I'm really looking forward to seeing The Script, they're my favourite band."

Other artists playing across the event's four stages on Saturday include Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascal, The Wombats, Kasabian and DJ Chris Moyles.

The free festival, organised in a different UK location each year, has previously visited Preston and Dundee.

Madonna and The Kooks headlined last year's bash in Maidstone, Kent.

Day two [10 May] will see The Prodigy, Lily Allen, Ne-Yo, Franz Ferdinand, The Enemy and White Lies wrap up the weekend.

The weather is expected to be cloudy with sunny intervals on both days.

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