The BBC has announced its biggest music event yet, which is set to fill a Glastonbury-shaped void for Glastonbury lovers next year.
Due to take place over the May bank holiday weekend (May 25-28th), the festival dubbed The Biggest Weekend will see some of the world’s most famous bands and artists performing at live shows across Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Over 175,000 tickets will be made available across the four locations.
2018 has been declared as a fallow year for Glastonbury – every five years, the festival takes a year off in order to give the organisers, local residents and the farmlands a well-earned break.
There will be concerts hosted by the range of the BBC’s music radio stations and extensive tv coverage will be led by BBC Two and BBC Four. All content will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Bob Shennan, director of BBC radio and music, said the corporation “has a strong history of bringing the nation together for some special moments, and this is the biggest single music event ever attempted by the BBC”.
“We will be celebrating the diversity of music from four different corners of the country, bringing the best UK music to the world and the best global music to the UK.”
As it stands, the festival will be a one off and there are no plans to make The Biggest Weekend an annual event. The BBC say they will release more information in the coming months, but the line-up will not be released for some time.