BBC Music aims to replace Glastonbury during off-year in 2018
As Glastonbury organizers put the longstanding festival on a one-year pause to prevent excessive damage to farm grounds on which it takes place, an event capable of filling its shoes has stepped up.
BBC Music launched plans to create a festival to fill the void left by Glastonbury’s absence next year.
Dubbed The Biggest Weekend, the event will take place in 4 nations over the course of 4 days. Slated for May 25-28, the festival will bring top acts to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland--with 175,000 tickets available to the public. Music will be similar to Glastonbury lineups.
Director of BBC Radio and Music Bob Shennan says: “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 be for one year with no plans for annual recurrence. Glastonbury plans to return in 2019.