BBC to plug Glastonbury gap with own event

The BBC will seek to fill the TV scheduling void left by Glastonbury festival’s gap year in 2018 by holding its own music event across the UK.

The corporation will hold the ‘Biggest Weekend’ festival at four sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with 175,000 tickets available to the public.  The one-off festival will take place from May 25th to 28th whilst Glastonbury takes a fallow year next year to allow the ground at the Somerset site to recover.

Bob Shennan, the director of 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.”

The festival will see concerts hosted by Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music, with TV coverage on BBC2, BBC4, and online.

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