SOME of the biggest names in dance music are being billed for an extra night being added to the keenly-anticipated Radio 1's Big Weekend in Middlesbrough.

Mark Ronson will headline an extra set being performed on Friday, May 24, ahead of the weekend event in Stewart Park.

The world-famous DJ, songwriter, and record producer known for his collaborations with Amy Winehouse, Adele and Bruno Mars to name a few has said he "can't wait" to play in the North-East next month.

BBC Radio 1 will announce today that Ronson will be joined by MK and Purple Disco Machine, whilst Wilkinson, Sub Focus and Dimension will be forming a super group for one night only.

The addition to the already star-studded weekend will see artists play live sets to an audience of 6,000 fans on May 24.

Ronson said: “I can’t wait to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend. From my very first one back in 2007 all the way till now, it’s always such a great vibe and great crowd. Psyched to start my summer playing some bangers with Annie Mac and the crew.”

Tickets will be available for audiences over 18 and will go on sale at 7pm on Friday, April 26, priced at £10 plus £2.50 booking fee.

International DJ, producer and remixer Tino Piontek aka Purple Disco Machine added: “I can’t wait to play Big Weekend. I’m so honoured that I’ve been asked.

"Radio 1’s Ibiza Weekend was so much fun and I just know that playing to a UK audience, the home of BBC Radio 1, is going to be next level.”

Tickets will be geographically weighted with 85 per cent of the tickets reserved for those living in the Middlesbrough Council area, and remaining areas of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, which comprises of Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council areas.

The remaining 15 per cent of tickets will be available for the rest of the UK. The booking process will be handled by Ticketmaster, the only official ticketing agent for Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Gates will open at 4pm and the event finishes at 11pm.