The Biggest Weekend is coming to Belfast, Coventry, Perth and Swansea this summer with coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four plus radio, online and mobile across the entire weekend
Niall Horan, The Shires, J Hus and Orbital plus lots more acts have been added to the line-up for BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend. The four-day festival is taking place on the late May bank holiday weekend (25-28 May) over four sites in four nations, with performances from the biggest and best-loved names in music celebrating the incredible breadth and diversity of live music on the BBC.
Acts added to the line-up for BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend:
· Niall Horan
· The Shires
· J Hus
· Jess Glynne
· Paloma Faith
· Craig David
· Franz Ferdinand
· Amy MacDonald
· Goldie (Live)
· UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey
· Jamie Cullum
· Danielle de Niese
· James Bay
· Years & Years
· First Aid Kit
· Wolf Alice
· Young Fathers
· Little Dragon
· The Beat starring Dave Wakeling
· Julie Fowlis
· Evelyn Glennie
· Go Go Penguin
· Scottish Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith
They will join the already announced - Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Snow Patrol, Beck, Billy Ocean, Manic Street Preachers, Simple Minds, Courtney Barnett, Nigel Kennedy, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band and Public Service Broadcasting - for a weekend of amazing live music. Plus more star-studded names still to come.
With over 175,000 tickets available to the public, The Biggest Weekend will be the BBC’s biggest ever celebration of music across TV, radio, online and mobile. It is a truly unique event with concerts being hosted by BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music. Across the weekend, there will be extensive TV coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four and sets will be available on BBC iPlayer, mobile and online. The scale of coverage will replicate that of Glastonbury festival on the BBC, allowing audiences at home to enjoy all of their favourite acts as well as discover brand new music.
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
Performances from Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan, Jess Glynne, J Hus, Craig David, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, James Bay plus more to be announced.
Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland
Friday 25 May - BBC Radio 3
Saturday 26 May - BBC Radio 2
Performances from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Simple Minds, The Shires, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Amy McDonald, The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, Julie Fowlis, Jamie Cullum, Evelyn Glennie, Danielle de Niese, Scottish Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith plus more to be announced.
War Memorial Park, Coventry, England
Sunday 27 May - BBC Radio 2
Monday 28 May - BBC Radio 3
Performances from Paloma Faith, Billy Ocean, Snow Patrol, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Concert Orchestra, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, Jamie Cullum, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Go Go Penguin, Milos plus more to be announced.
Titanic Slipways, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Friday 25 May - BBC Radio 6 Music
Saturday 26 May - BBC Radio 6 Music
Performances from Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers, Goldie (Live), Orbital, Breeders, Franz Ferdinand, First Aid Kit, Ash, Young Fathers, Public Service Broadcasting, Little Dragon plus more to be announced.
Niall Horan said, “Swansea! I am so looking forward to seeing you in May with Radio 1. Delighted to be a part of The Biggest Weekend. The line-up is absolutely incredible and I cannot wait to be back in Swansea to perform for you all.”
J Hus said, “See you in Swansea at The Biggest Weekend, I really can’t wait!”
Craig David said, “It’s going to be wicked! Especially this year there is no Glastonbury so The Biggest Weekend is the big big one!”
Jess Glynne said, “I am very very excited! At Big Weekend the crowds are the most amazing you can get, they are so supportive and loud and fun!”
Jamie Cullum said, “It’s going to be an amazing weekend of music and to have the opportunity to collaborate across various genres is truly special.”
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 - the only official ticketing agent for The Biggest Weekend. There are over 175,000 tickets available to the public and tickets will be geographically weighted with a percentage available to each of the local areas. For more information about tickets, please go to www.bbc.co.uk/biggestweekend
Rhys Hughes, Head of Live Events and Popular Music at BBC, says: “The Biggest Weekend is going to be the music highlight on the BBC this year and we will be providing audiences with a fantastic weekend of coverage, whether you are at one of the festivals, watching from home or on the move, you won’t be able to miss it! It is the biggest event that BBC Music will have ever organised and we are offering music lovers a huge and diverse line-up with the hottest names from both the UK and around the world.”
Clara Amfo from Radio 1 said, "I'm looking forward to us supersizing in Swansea with The Biggest Weekend, all the acts involved know how to put on a show!"
Zoe Ball from Radio 2 said: “Radio 2 is bringing a brilliant range of music talent to Perth and Coventry, from global stars to home grown favourites and encompassing rock, pop, country and folk. The Biggest Weekend is truly THE music event of the year.”
Katie Derham from Radio 3 said, “We're all so excited at Radio 3 to be part of this BBC Music spectacular - bringing the very best of all types of music to our stages in Perth and Coventry. From Jamie Cullum to Danielle de Niese, we're presenting a taster of the fantastic breadth of music that you'll find on Radio 3 - so come and join us for the perfect bank holiday treat!”
Lauren Laverne from 6 Music said, “The incredible line-up coming to Titanic Slipways in Belfast really capture’s 6 Music’s alternative spirit – from newer artists creating huge excitement to some big names that deliver brilliant live shows every time.”
Also part of The Biggest Weekend, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and 6 Music will work with BBC Nations TV and Radio, as well as local radio stations, forging partnerships to put on a comprehensive range of outreach activity in the lead up to the festival including educational workshops, Q&A's, Radio 1’s Academy, Ten Pieces Assemblies and BBC Music Introducing gigs showcasing local talent in each host location.
The BBC is working closely together with the local councils, communities and businesses in the four UK cities to bring you The Biggest Weekend.
Further information will be announced in due course.
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