With Glastonbury taking a year off in 2018, the BBC is trying to fill the void with their brand new festival, epically titled The Biggest Weekend. Following on from their Big Weekend gig, the four-day festival will take place across four sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Last time Glasto took a year off in 2012, the BBC added its Big Weekend to the activities in Hackney, perhaps to keep the TV and radio stats on the up, but at least it will provide somewhere for school leavers to lose their shit on nitrous to.
The Biggest Weekend is scheduled for the late May bank holiday weekend (25-28 May) – earlier than when Glastonbury normally is. More than 175,000 tickets will be made available, which is more than the number sold for Glasto, but this one is across four locations. The BBC said it will bring “the biggest artists in the world” to the event – but headliners won’t be announced for some time yet.
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.”