BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend has been presented as a replacement for Glastonbury, which is taking a year off this year. The one-off festival is taking place on the late May bank holiday weekend, 25-28th May, over four sites across four days with over 175,000 tickets available to the public and will be the BBC’s biggest ever celebration of music across TV, radio, online and mobile. One of the locations in Scone Palace at Perth, with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds confirmed as one of the featured acts.
Other performers across the festival include Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol, Beck and Manic Street Preachers.
At the moment, the split of high profile acts seems to be skewed towards the stages in Belfast and Coventry but further announcements are expected.
Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has also been announced for Perth. Nigel Kennedy says: “I’m inspired by all kinds of music from across the world. I’m also inspired by people and by passion. Music should not be pigeon-holed and I have always believed that. So it’s great to be involved in an event which celebrates diversity across live musical genres with artists new and old. In Perth, I’ll be performing Bach and Gershwin with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and in Coventry, Highlights of the New Four Seasons and Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra.”
Tickets for The Biggest Weekend go on sale on Monday 12 February, priced at £18 plus £4.50 booking fee. The booking process will be handled by Ticketmaster. For more information about tickets, go to the BBC website here.
Bob Shennan, Director BBC Radio and Music, says: “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.”
The four locations, dates and artists confirmed are:
Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales
Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network
Sunday 27 May – BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & 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.