The BBC have looked to help ease the 2018 mourning of Glastonbury fans by announcing The Biggest Weekend, one of the network’s largest undertakings to-date.
Set to take over the spring bank holiday weekend (25-28th May), the four-day event will hit key venues in England, Scotland, Norther Ireland and Wales, with the BBC promising some of “the biggest artists in the world”. 175,000 tickets will also be available.
With no Glastonbury next year, BBC Music have confirmed that The Biggest weekend will also feature coverage similar to that offered annually for Worthy Farm, with concerts being hosted by Radio 1, 2, 3 and 6 Music, alongside extensive TV coverage across BBC Two and BBC Four. Radio 1 events will also include 1Xtra and Asian Network performances and broadcasts, whilst all sets will of course be available on BBC iPlayer.
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 have also confirmed that the festival will be a one-off event, with no plans to take The Biggest Weekend into 2019 and beyond.
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