THEY came, they sang, they loved the Boro - a multitude of stars from the world of music thrilled fans at Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Around 64,000 people were at the town's Stewart Park to watch big acts including Ellie Goulding, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Lewis Capaldi, James Arthur, Rita Ora, Stormzy, Anne-Marie, Mumford and Sons and the 1975.

Miley Cyrus was in town for two days, and smashed out an incredible finale on the main stage on Saturday, with Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills describing her as 'a megastar - she was amazing'.

Little Mix kicked off Sunday's acts with a raunchy routine, with the 1975 closing the event last night.

Ellie Goulding's performance last night went down less well, with some technical issues causing problems.

Radio 1 DJs including Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac enjoyed Saturday night out at Tiny nightclub in central Middlesbrough, where they took over the decks and played a set for over an hour.

The club is an LGBT friendly nightspot on Albert Road, which reopened earlier this month after a short spell where it closed its doors.

Mr Mills, a longstanding Radio 1 DJ, said he had been impressed with how friendly the Middlesbrough people had been - including two women who helped give him a leg up, or 'hoggy' over a security fence when he was struggling to find his way out of the park on Saturday night.

"They helped me over and then one of them said 'oh my God you're Scott Mills'," he said.

"Then she said 'oh my god I've got the imprint of your foot on my hand!'

"We've loved our time in Middlesbrough, it's been great.

"James Arthur put a lot of effort into his set - he wore a vintage Boro shirt and handed out flags, and you could tell it was really special to him, playing in his hometown.

"And Lewis Capaldi was just buzzing when he saw all the people who had come to watch him - everybody loves him.

"There were people queuing out of the tent to see him on the introducing music stage. That wouldn't have happened a year ago. He is becoming a massive star but he's really down-to-earth.

"He reminds me of Ed Sheeran, how big he is going to be. We've championed him on our show for a while now.

"I think he and James Arthur will remember this weekend for a long time because it was a special gig for both of them for different reasons."

All the DJs spoke of how friendly they found the people in Middlesbrough, from the 'sound' taxi drivers to the bar staff.

But former CBBC presenter and DJ Katie Thistleton told The Northern Echo she hadn't tried the obligatory parmo, saying she didn't like the sound of it.

Miley Cyrus was said by all to be the highlight of the weekend, closing the show on the second night with her hit Wrecking Ball.

US star Cyrus, 26, teased fans with her arrival on stage by first appearing in a video of herself eating food, rubbing it over her face and body.

She kicked off her set with a performance of her hit song Nothing Breaks Like A Heart and also performed a rendition of Dolly Parton's Jolene.

Earlier in the day on Saturday, Jess Glynne was forced to pull out of her performance due to illness just hours before she was due to appear. Khalid was moved to the main stage to fill in, while DJs Scott Mills and Chris Stark playing an hour-long set.

James Arthur was a huge hit among the crowd, with fans chanting Boro's signature Pigbag tune to him.