The BBC has announced plans for a one-off music four-day festival across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland instead of Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2018.
The Biggest Weekend will take place on the bank holiday weekend 25-28th May at four different sites, and sees all the BBC’s main music network radio stations coming together. Bosses say there will be ‘something for everybody’ with concerts hosted by Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music. There’ll also be TV coverage on BBC Two and BBC Four, with all sets available on the iPlayer.
More than 175,000 tickets will be available for the event, which is being held in a year when there is no Glastonbury Festival. It’s expected to just be for one-year only rather than becoming an annual event.
The BBC says the four music network stations will also work with 1Xtra, the Asian Network, the BBC’s radio services in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and BBC Local Radio in England to put on ‘outreach activity’ in the lead up to the festival. This will include educational workshops, Radio 1’s Academy and BBC Introducing gigs showcasing local talent in each host location.
Bob Shennan, Director BBC Radio and Music, said: “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.”