Radio 1’s Big Weekend is on the verge of a triumphant return to Dundee in May.
Fourteen years after the festival last took place in the City of Discovery, The Courier can reveal Camperdown Park has again been chosen as a venue for the three-day event.
Video of the event in 2006 is above this article.
Tens of thousands of music fans will be expected to descend on Dundee for the event.
Councillors on Dundee City Council’s Policy and Resources Committee held a meeting in private on Monday night, where they agreed to support the event, which will run on May 22, 23 and 24.
The BBC has refused to confirm the location but The Courier understands discussions about bringing for the festival back to Dundee are at an advanced stage.
A Radio 1 spokesperson said: “We know our listeners love to guess the location of Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and wherever we will be, we’ll be sure to bring the biggest UK and international artists with us.”
A formal announcement is expected before the end of the month, when details of the acts performing over the three-day event will also start to be revealed.
The Big Weekend moves to different venues each year and Dundee would be the first city to host it for a second time.
Festival Republic, the company which organises events such as Download, Latitude and Wireless, has already submitted an application for a three-day event at the park.
They are seeking permission to erect four stages, bars, food stalls and funfair rides.
Last year’s Radio One Big Weekend took place in Middlesbrough on Teeside.
The event was headlined by Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus and The 1975.
Around 70,000 people attended the concert in Stewart Park, which is estimated to have delivered a boost of around £2 million to the Tees Valley economy.
A host of other top names acts, including Rita Ora, Vampire Weekend, Little Mix and Lewis Capaldi also performed over the weekend.
Camperdown last hosted a large scale music festival in 2017, when Carnival 56 took place in the park.
Dundee has also hosted a series of successful outdoor concerts in Slessor Gardens in recent years, with performances by acts such as Sir Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Little Mix.
In 2018, the Big Weekend was split across four venues, including Scone Palace in Perth, to capitalised on the absence of Glastonbury from that year’s festival calendar.
Each hosted city hosted a two-day event as part of what was branded The Biggest Weekend.
Performers in Perth included Nigel Kennedy and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.