Franko Fraize joins big leagues at Radio One’s Big Weekend
Thetford rapper Franko Fraize said he is ‘buzzing’ after securing the gig of his career - a slot at BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend in Norwich.
The rising star will feature on the BBC Introducing stage alongside other Norfolk acts Kill It Kid, Harry Edwards, Claws and Context.
“When I was first told I was buzzing, and now I’ve been able to tell everyone it feels real,” said Franko.
“Being in amongst the big boys is really something. If you look at the artists who have come off the Introducing stage and have done well, it’s a real platform for you.
“It has ramped things up. It gives people faith in their conviction in me, and they’re taking me more seriously.”
Franko had praised for BBC Radio Norfolk, who he said ‘pioneered’ his burgeoning career.
“Since the Big Weekend line-up was announced they have got me doing a bit more presenting,” he said.
“BBC Radio Norfolk have pioneered what I do for the past two years. Other local bands have been doing things with them too.”
Franko will be joined on stage by fellow Thetford artist Tone and a six-piece band, performing new material as well as old hits.
“It feels like we have been building up to this for ages, with new material and videos, and new we can go mad with it and enjoy the ride,” he said.
“This is the start of massive year for me.”
The full line-up for the stage, which champions emerging artists, was revealed by Radio One presenter Huw Stevens on April 22.
Alongside this musical achievement, Franko is to star in a BBC documentary about his rise to stardom. Film crews came to visit him in his home town on Wednesday.