UK: BBC Music Monday announced ambitious plans to host The Biggest Weekend next year – a music festival which will take in four sites, in four nations, over four days, with over 175,000 tickets available to the public.
In a year where there is no Glastonbury, the BBC will bring the biggest artists in the world to all parts of the UK with live shows in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland across the late 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.
The coverage from the BBC will be similar to that offered around Glastonbury. There will be something for everybody with concerts being hosted by Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, and 6 Music, and extensive TV coverage across BBC Two and BBC Four. Radio 1 events will include 1Xtra and Asian Network performances and broadcasts. All sets will be available on BBC iPlayer, mobile and online, allowing audiences to enjoy all of their favourites as well as explore new music.
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 festival will be for one year only and there are no plans for it to become an annual event.