The Guardian festival blog: BBC to fill Glastonbury gap with own music event across UK | Television & radio


The BBC is aiming to fill the void left by Glastonbury festival’s gap year in 2018 by holding its own music event at venues in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The corporation will hold the Biggest Weekend at four sites across the UK with 175,000 tickets available to the public.

The one-off festival will be held on the late May bank holiday weekend, 25-28 May.

Glastonbury will take a fallow year next year to allow the ground at the Somerset site to recover. The festival’s last break was in 2012.

The BBC’s festival will build on the success of Radio 1’s Big Weekend, which is held annually and this year was in Hull.

Bob Shennan, the director of BBC Radio and Music, said the festival would be the biggest single music event ever hosted by the BBC.

“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,”…



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