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Big Weekend leaves Kent on a high

Enjoying the show at Radio 1's Big Weekend
Enjoying the show at Radio 1's Big Weekend

The sun has set on an incredible two days of music in Maidstone.

Radio 1's Big Weekend at Mote Park included memorable performances by top performers such as Madonna, The Feeling, Usher, Nelly, The Kooks and The Raconteurs.

More than 30,000 music lovers who won tickets to the free event flocked to the sun-soaked park on Saturday and Sunday for one of the biggest ever music extravaganzas to come to Kent.

On Saturday, fans relaxed in 26C sunshine, drinking beer and bopping along to the likes of opener Usher, Scouting for Girls, The Hoosiers, Ting Tings, Editors and Duffy.

Radio 1 DJs Chris Moyles and Pete Tong were spotted soaking up the sun with Fat Boy Slim – who admitted to being a little nervous about his upcoming gig – while the likes of Sophie Ellis Bextor and Pixie Geldof rubbed shoulders with the likes of Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Richard Ash, in the crowds.

But the day truly belonged to one woman – the legend that is Madonna, whose energetic set brought Saturday to a close.

Day two saw American R’n’B star Nelly stunning some audience members by pulling them out of the crowd to appear with him on stage, and also brought out surprise guest Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland for a duet.

The Raconteurs belted out an energetic set, Goldfrapp delighted with elctro-pop stylings, and headliners The Kooks led the crowds in song as the outstanding weekend drew to a close.

But according to the drummer of festival favourites The Zutons, Sean Payne, there was only one real star of the event.

He said: “It’s all about the weather. The bands are playing and all that ,which is always going to be great, but it’s the weather that makes it special.

“Kent is a lovely place.”

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