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|T4 on the Beach|
|Genre||Pop, alternative rock, hip hop|
|Dates||July (2003, 2007-12)|
|Location(s)||Great Yarmouth, England, UK (2003-04)|
Weston-Super-Mare, England, UK (2005-2012)
|Website||Official website (Archive copy)|
T4 on the Beach is a British one-day music event which was held on the beach at Weston-super-Mare and televised on Channel 4. The event began in 2003 as Pop Beach in Great Yarmouth, changing to the current title and venue in 2005. The day consisted of a number of major contemporary pop and rock music acts from the UK and overseas, performing short sets in front of an audience of over 40,000. In addition to the main stage a smaller 4Music stage has provided a platform for newer upcoming bands, renamed in 2010 to the T4 Sessions stage.
The first ever event was held in Great Yarmouth on 13 July 2003. Performers included Blue ("All Rise" and "Breathe Easy"), Girls Aloud ("No Good Advice" and "Life Got Cold"), Siobhan Donaghy ("Overrated"), Daniel Bedingfield, Jamelia, Mis-Teeq, Big Brovaz, Lisa Maffia and Melanie Blatt.
The second event was held in Great Yarmouth on 6 June 2004. Performers included Girls Aloud ("The Show" and "Jump"), Supergrass, Goldfrapp, Shaznay, Javine Hylton, Speedway, Lemar, The Blue Boys, Ash, Emma Bunton ("Maybe"), Blue ("Curtain Falls"), Peter Andre ("Mysterious Girl") and McFly ("Five Colours in Her Hair").
The third event took place in Weston-super-Mare for the first time on 19 June 2005. Acts performing at the 2005 event included: Daniel Bedingfield, Rachel Stevens, Kaiser Chiefs, Madness, Athlete, Rooster, Lemar, Goldie Lookin Chain, Mario, Audio Bullys, Doves, Akon, Feeder and Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay.
The fourth event took place on 18 June 2006. Acts performing at the 2006 event included: All American Rejects, The Automatic, Basement Jaxx, Busta Rhymes, Dannii Minogue, Embrace, The Feeling, Frank, Feeder, Kelis, Lily Allen, Matt Willis, McFly, Ne-Yo, Orson, Pet Shop Boys, Pussycat Dolls, Razorlight, Shayne Ward, Simon Webbe, Will Young and The Zutons.
The fifth event took place on 22 July 2007. Acts performing at the 2007 event included: MAMI, Maroon 5, Manic Street Preachers, Akon, Natasha Bedingfield, Mika, Amerie, Girls Aloud, McFly, Just Jack, Calvin Harris, Mutya Buena, Dizzee Rascal, Funeral for a Friend, Kate Nash, Super Furry Animals, Reverend and The Makers, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Athlete, The Pigeon Detectives, Badly Drawn Boy, Mark Ronson, The Maccabees, Hadouken!, Jamie Scott and the Town, Remi Nicole, The Hoosiers and The Twang.
The sixth event took place on 20 July 2008 with the usual presenters. Acts performing at the 2008 event included: Lil' Chris, Basshunter, The Zutons, Kelly Rowland, Ne-Yo, Scouting for Girls, The Hoosiers, Robyn, The Feeling, The Pigeon Detectives, McFly, Guillemots, Alphabeat, Feeder, The Ting Tings, Reverend and The Makers, OneRepublic, One Night Only, Sugababes, Dirty Pretty Things, Black Kids, Five O'Clock Heroes featuring Agyness Deyn, Lightspeed Champion, The Automatic, The Script, Envy & Other Sins and One eskimo.
The seventh event took place on 19 July 2009. Acts at the 2009 event included: Alesha Dixon, Metro Station, Dizzee Rascal, Gossip, Calvin Harris, Tinchy Stryder featuring Amelle Berrabah, N-Dubz, The Noisettes, JLS, Will Young, Taio Cruz, Diversity, Basement Jaxx, Florence and the Machine, Daniel Merriweather, DJ Ironik featuring Chipmunk, Shontelle, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Peter Andre, The Courteeners, The Saturdays, Hockey, Frankmusik, Tommy Reilly, Fightstar, Paloma Faith, The Maccabees, Newham Generals featuring Dizzee Rascal, Killa Kela, Little Boots, The Enemy and Master Shortie.
The eighth event took place on 4 July 2010. Acts performing at the 2010 event included: Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Chipmunk, Scouting for Girls, The Saturdays, Basshunter, Pixie Lott, Jason Derulo, Alexandra Burke, Iyaz, Jedward, Kids in Glass Houses, N-Dubz, Diana Vickers, Taio Cruz, Kelis, JLS, Plan B, Example, The Hoosiers, One Night Only, Tinchy Stryder, Gabriella Cilmi and Diagram of the Heart.
The ninth event took place on 10 July 2011. Both JLS and Jessie J were scheduled to appear, but were unable to attend. Jessie had to pull out due to doctor's orders after breaking her foot, and JLS had to pull out after technical problems which resulted in them being unable to soundcheck earlier on in the day.
At the event, the cast of Hollyoaks filmed a special episode, in which Liberty Savage (Abi Phillips) performs live on the T4 stage, while Ethan Scott (Craig Vye) and Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) are kissing behind her back.
The tenth anniversary event was held on 1 July 2012. As a celebration, a quiz was held featuring past and present T4 presenters, who were asked to answer questions on ten years of the event. Vernon Kay was due to appear, but had to cancel due to other commitments. Rick Edwards and June Sarpong were guest presenters along with regulars Nick Grimshaw, Jameela Jamil, Georgie Okel, Will Best and Matt Edmondson.
The axing of T4 in December 2012 cast doubt over whether the event would continue. In October 2012, media outlets reported that the concert had been axed, with Channel 4 bosses reportedly looking at hosting a new live music event. In May 2013, the producers of T4 on the Beach, Done + Dusted, announced they would be organising a new event called Summer Sets on the Beach to be held in Weston-super-Mare in August 2013. Live coverage would be broadcast on ITV2 with a highlights show to be broadcast on ITV. Tickets for the event went sale on 23 May; however, on 31 May it was announced that the concert had been cancelled due to a lack of ticket sales.