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Rihanna, JAY-Z, and Billie Eilish are among the stars who have been added to the lineup for BBC Radio 1's virtual Big Weekend festival.

Station chiefs were forced to cancel the live event, set to be held in Dundee, Scotland from 22 to 24 May, due to the coronavirus crisis, but are putting on an online alternative, which will feature performances from artists' homes and archive sets.

On Monday, organisers announced sets from past weekends, including from Rihanna, Jay, Billie, Ed Sheeran, and even One Direction will air on the Headline Stage channel during the livestream.

Others whose past performances will be broadcast include Katy Perry, Little Mix, Coldplay, and Lady Gaga.

The festival will also feature all-new live performances from the homes of several stars, including Sam Smith, Niall Horan, the Jonas Brothers, Rita Ora, Yungblud, and Mabel.

The Big Weekend was the first of a string of British summer festivals shut down by the coronavirus - Glastonbury, TRNSMT and Latitude have also been cancelled or postponed as a result of the pandemic.

The show will be available to stream on the BBC iPlayer website.

The trio consisting of  Steph, Iveta and Paula, are quickly breaking into the music scene, fusing together elements from Europe and Latin America to create a unique sound, yet to be heard elsewhere! They take key flourishes from the likes of Camila Cabello and Jennifer Lopez's urban pop and exotic latin melodies. Ultimately making ‘Diego’ a fierce and empowering banger -  perfect for anyone needing to add some spice to their playlist!

Through their multicultural backgrounds, the group notes their desire to help “connect people and embrace their uniqueness”.  

In-between juggling their diverse backgrounds, they easily found a common ground - their passion for music. Iveta has been involved with music since the age of five, taking dance, piano and vocal lessons regularly. It wasn't until she attended London Met University to study music and media studies, when she realised she wanted to be in a girl group!

Steph’s passion for music began at the age of 9 when she was performing in school concerts, and attending piano lessons. After a break from music to study higher education in Switzerland, she has made a comeback and has since performed in choirs and even pursued modelling -  a true triple threat! The idea of performing in a girl group was something Steph had long thought about, so when the opportunity presented itself she was ecstatic! 

Paula's passion began at just six years old, where she attended music school and learned the flute, piano and music theory. Growing up she expanded her skills by practising latin dance, ballet, modern dance and performing in a choir. She went on to study at ICMP, where Paula began her studies and met the other members of Girl Chance.

Within only a few weeks of meeting on StarNow, they had already recorded their first single ‘Take The Love Away’, showing their quick artistic drive. Their stance in unity, artistic drive and understanding of the international music industry, definitely fuels their careers in the music industry - making them ones to watch out for!

Created in 1973, the iconic afro-jazz band, Ackamoor and The Pyramids, are back on the scene after their last album An Angel Fell released in 2018. “The album unfolds over four acts with personal musical statements about love and loss, mortality, the afterlife, family and salvation“. “I wanted to use this album to touch on some of the issues we all face as individuals in the inner space of our souls and our conscience” Ackamoor explains.

For this new opus, the band consisted of Dr Margaux Simmons on flute, Bobby Cobb on guitar, Sandra Poindexter on violin, Ruben Ramos on bass, Gioele Pagliaccia on drums and Jack Yglesias on percussion. Shaman is more introspective than the previous albums. The title “Theme For Cecil” pays tribute to Cecil Taylor known to be one of the creators of free jazz with Ornette Coleman.

The album will be available on August 7th via Strut Records.

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