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Miley Cyrus, Little Mix and The 1975 to play Radio 1's Big Weekend free music festival in Middlesbrough

Two of little Mix's band-members are from the North East Credit: PA

Some of the biggest names in the music industry right now will head to Middlesbrough this Spring for Radio 1's Big Weekend.

DJ Greg James made the announcement on his breakfast show on Wednesday morning.

Little Mix, Miley Cyrus and The 1975 are among those on the line-up for the biggest free music festival in Europe.

The festival will see two of Little Mix's band-members return to the North East. While it isn't quite home for Perrie and Jade from Little Mix, it is't far from it. The pair were born and raised in South Shields. The band recently scooped a Brit Award for their music video 'Woman Like Me'

Miley Cyrus tweeted her excitement Credit: PA

Double Brit award winners the 1975 will also take to the stage in Stewart Park, Marton on May 25 and 26.

Lead singer Matty Healy is also no stranger to the North East, his parents are actress Denise Welch and 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' actor Tim Healy.

1975 Credit: PA

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen says the announcement is a 'major coup' for the area.

I’m over the moon we’ve landed BBC’s Big Weekend right here in Middlesbrough, bringing some of the biggest music acts from across the world right to our doorstep.

The Big Weekend is another major coup for us and it shows that promoters and organisers of these huge events are taking our area seriously. Now we’re ready to show off to music fans as we get the Tees Valley into the homes, and cars, of people across the country.

This event alone is expected to attract 75,000 people to the town, meaning more people spending money in our shops, bars, hotels and restaurants.

Just a few years ago, we wouldn’t have had the confidence to put ourselves forward as a location for massive gigs like this or bid for global competitions such as the Rugby League World Cup, let alone secure them.”

– Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen