Belfast, Coventry, Perth and Swansea have been unveiled as the four locations to host BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend events.
In July, BBC Music revealed that The Biggest Weekend would take place on the late May bank holiday weekend (May 25-28) over four sites with more than 175,000 tickets available to the public.
The Biggest Weekend will see performances from Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, to name a few.
BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend will concerts being hosted by BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. Across the weekend, there will be extensive TV coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four and sets will be available on BBC iPlayer, mobile and online. The scale of coverage will replicate that of Glastonbury festival on the BBC, allowing audiences at home to enjoy all of their favourite acts as well as discover brand new music.
Bob Shennan, director BBC Radio and Music, said: “The Biggest Weekend is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime festival for everyone that loves music, whether they are at the venues in person or enjoying the whole spectacle of performances being streamed through iPlayer along with all our TV, radio and digital networks. Wherever you are in the country, you will be part of the biggest music event, with the widest selection of musical genres, the BBC has ever put on.”
Councillor George Duggins, leader of Coventry City Council, added: “It’s fantastic news that Coventry has been chosen as the English city to be hosting BBC Music’s ‘The Biggest Weekend’.
“We know the city has a brilliant reputation for delivering large, popular events and this weekend will be another wonderful addition to the city’s events programme for 2018.
“To be one of their chosen four UK locations shows they have confidence in our ability to deliver successful events and with some high quality names already announced with more acts to follow, I’m sure people are already looking forward to the concerts in May.
“These really are exciting times for the city. Our national profile and reputation as a great city will only continue to grow as we build up to being UK City of Culture 2021.”
The four locations, dates and artists confirmed are:
Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales
Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network
Sunday 27 May – BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network
Artists confirmed: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, plus more to be announced.
Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland
Friday 25 May – BBC Radio 3
Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 2
Artists confirmed: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra plus more to be announced.
War Memorial Park, Coventry, England
Sunday 27 May – BBC Radio 2
Monday 28 May – BBC Radio 3
Artists confirmed: Billy Ocean, Snow Patrol, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Concert Orchestra plus more to be announced.
Titanic Slipways, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Friday 25 May – BBC 6 Music
Saturday 26 May – BBC 6 Music
Artists confirmed: Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers, Public Service Broadcasting plus more to be announced.
The BBC is working closely together with the local councils, communities and businesses in the four UK cities to deliver The Biggest Weekend.