Biggest Weekend shows the power of a singalong

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The audience at Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend are probably too young to remember Roxette, but they certainly endorsed the Swedish band’s motto.

From Ed Sheeran to Clean Bandit, anyone who could trigger a mass singalong received a rapturous reception.

Craig David had the day’s biggest crowd as he raced through 18 years of hits, from Re-Rewind to I Know You. “We’re keeping this whole thing moving like a mixtape,” he announced.BBC Music Presents The Biggest Weekend

It was a pertinent comment. This audience has grown up listening to playlists on streaming services; and they had no patience for filler.

Some of the “cooler” indie bands – Wolf Alice and Chvrches, for example – struggled to draw a sizeable crowd to the second stage in Swansea’s Singleton Park.

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