bbc music festival

Glastonbury gap year to be filled with new BBC Music festival

With Glastonbury taking a year off in 2018, the BBC has announced plans for a huge, new weekend festival. Set to take place during the May Bank Holiday (25/26/27/28) across four sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island, The Biggest Weekend finds all of the BBC’s radio stations coming together to celebrate the diverse range of music it promotes.

More than 175,000 tickets will be made available, which is more than the number sold for Glastonbury. And if you don’t fancy partying it up in the mud next year, various BBC outlets will provide live TV and highlights.

Bob Shennan, director of BBC radio and music, said the corporation "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 be for one year only and there are no plans for it to become an annual event.