BBC Music has announced plans to host The Biggest Weekend in 2018. The music festival will take place in four sites, in four nations over four days with over 175,000 tickets being sold.
Glastonbury will not be taking place next year and the BBC expect to attract some of the world’s biggest artists to perform in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the May bank holiday weekend (25-28 May).
The Biggest Weekend involves all of the BBC’s music stations coming together over one long weekend in 2018, to celebrate the range and diversity of music supported by the BBC, and enjoyed by audiences across the UK.
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With similar coverage to Glastonbury and with concerts being hosted by Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, and 6 Music, and extensive TV coverage across BBC Two and BBC Four, the Biggest Weekend Festival promises to be the largest music event in the UK in 2018.
Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music and Radio 3 will work with BBC Nations TV and Radio, as well as local radio stations, forging partnerships to put on a comprehensive range of outreach activity in the lead up to the festival including educational workshops, Radio 1’s Academy and BBC Introducing gigs showcasing local talent in each host location.
Bob Shennan, Director BBC Radio and Music says: “BBC Music 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.”
The BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend took place in Hull in May, 2017 and is hosted at different venues each year. Headliners included: Kings of Leon, Stormzy, Katy Perry, Kasabian, James Arthur, Little Mix and Kinds of Leon.
The event will replace BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, but there are no plans for it to become an annual event ahead of Glastonbury’s return in 2019.
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