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Fans soak up the music ... and rain

Tens of thousands of music festival fans survived everything the weather could throw at them as they enjoyed some of the world's top acts.

ROYAL WELCOME: The crowd for the performance by American rockers Kings of Leon. Picture: Nick Ponty
ROYAL WELCOME: The crowd for the performance by American rockers Kings of Leon. Picture: Nick Ponty

Some of the biggest names in popular music performed at Radio 1's Big Weekend three-day music event. It took over George Square on Friday night before moving to Glasgow Green, with overcast skies and torrential rain at times yesterday.

More than 60,000 lucky ticket- holders took part in the festival, which organisers said went without a hitch.

Music fan Kirsty Pearson, 23, said she had bid for tickets in order to see Kings of Leon - and the four-piece didn't disappoint.

Ms Pearson, from Govan, Glasgow, said: "I've loved Kings of Leon for years but I've never managed to see them live. They were amazing, totally amazing. And it was such a bonus when Chris Martin came on to play with them too.

"It's been a great weekend. I haven't seen any trouble and the atmosphere has been brilliant, very chilled and friendly.

"It's rained but I think the feeling has been 'What rain?' Everyone knows what our weather is like and they just don't care."

Home-grown talent Calvin Harris, Chvrches and Twin Atlantic received huge cheers, and Paisley's Paolo Nutini received one of the biggest welcomes.

The singer-songwriter revealed that the last time he played a Big Weekend it was in Dundee and he was performing as the gates opened and the crowd rushed in.

He said: "I was standing there playing my guitar and … I don't even think any of them noticed I was there."

But last night he took over the Main Stage after Tinie Tempah and before headliner Katy Perry. Coldplay closed Saturday night's event, having come on stage after the likes of One Direction, Pharrell, Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen.

On Sunday the main stage show was opened by Kings of Leon and followed by The Vamps, Rita Ora, John Newman, The 1975, Tinie Tempah, Paolo Nutini and Katy Perry.

Although there was some sunshine, revellers kept up their spirits through heavy rain, strong winds and even hailstones.

Hazel Lafferty, 28, from Partick in Glasgow was at the event with her husband and two friends.

The 28-year-old added: "I can't believe we had this many big- name acts in Glasgow all at the same time. It's going to be a huge summer for Glasgow and this is an amazing way to kick it off.

"You can't even name how many big acts were here. It was amazing. I'm so lucky I got tickets."

Glasgow-born Radio 1 DJ Ally McCrae said: "I know it's the cliche thing with Glasgow that the crowds are always great - they actually are. I just introduced Sam Smith, he's obviously number one right now and I introduced him on stage and I was a bit nervous as you're talking like 10,000 people in that tent. I stood up and I was like ­'Glasgow are you ready for this?' and they did me proud."

Jamie Reynolds, bass guitarist of Klaxons, said: "It's just awesome. It's fantastic to be here in Glasgow, you know it's always a fantastic crowd in Glasgow."

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