Coming up in 2018, BBC Music will be hosting The Biggest Weekend; a music festival that they promise will bring “the biggest artists in the world” though the headliners are yet to be announced.
The announced festival will be in place of the Glastonbury festival which was last held this year. 2018 will be a traditional “fallow year” for Worthy Farm, the site of Glastonbury, to give the site a chance to recover from the thousands of attendants who travailed the grounds in 2017. The weekend is also planned to be a much larger version of the usual Big Weekend festival held by BBC Radio 1, which is held in a different spot in the U.K. each year.
The Biggest Weekend for will be held in four locations simultaneously all around England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Between the four locations, 175,000 tickets will go on sale. The event is due to take place on the U.K.’s bank holiday weekend in late May (25th-28th).
Director of BBC Radio and Music Bob Shennan said in a statement that,”This is the biggest single music event ever attempted by the BBC.” Adding that he hoped the festival would “bring the best U.K. music to the world and the best global music to the U.K.”
The BBC, official broadcaster of Glastonbury, is planning to offer similar coverage of The Biggest Weekend online and across their radio stations and TV channels. The news comes following the BBC renewing their exclusive rights earlier this year to broadcast Glastonbury until 2022. This year’s headline act Ed Sheeran drew around 4.1 million viewers alone and was considered a large success.