BBC announce huge line-up and details for ‘Glastonbury replacement’ festival ‘The Biggest Weekend’
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The BBC have announced the line-up and details for what has been dubbed as ‘a replacement for Glastonbury’, with Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher and Manic Street Preachers among the names set for The Biggest Weekend.

Last year, the broadcaster announced that their new multi-location event would offer “coverage similar to that around Glastonbury”.

The new event will take place in four sites across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland across the May Bank Holiday (25-28 May).

Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales

Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network

Sunday 27 May – BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network

Artists confirmed: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, plus more to be announced.

Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland

Friday 25 May – BBC Radio 3

Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 2

Artists confirmed: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra plus more to be announced.

Noel Gallagher has teased what to expect from his setlist

War Memorial Park, Coventry, England

Sunday 27 May – BBC Radio 2

Monday 28 May – BBC Radio 3

Artists confirmed: Billy Ocean, Snow Patrol, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Nigel Kennedy with the BBC Concert Orchestra plus more to be announced.

Titanic Slipways, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Friday 25 May – BBC 6 Music

Saturday 26 May – BBC 6 Music

Artists confirmed: Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers, Public Service Broadcasting plus more to be announced.

Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire

“So excited to be part of The Biggest Weekend this summer,” said Ed Sheeran of the festival. “I’ve always loved performing at Big Weekend with Radio 1 and this year it’s going to be even bigger. Bring it on Swansea!”

Manic Street Preachers added: “The Biggest Weekend is in Belfast, which is good in itself. We’ve played there a lot over the years, we did one of the greatest gigs ever there back in The Limelight in 1990. And then we’ve had subsequently just lots of great gigs there, just amazing ones. It is good to spread 6 Music’s message far and wide.”

Tickets for The Biggest Weekend go on sale on Monday February 12 priced at £18 plus £4.50 booking fee. 175,000 tickets will be available to the public with a percentage going to fans in the local areas. For tickets and more information, visit here.

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Last year, Glasto confirmed that 2018 will indeed be a fallow year to allow the farmland time to recover, and that the next festival will take place in the following year from June 26-30. This comes after Michael Eavis spoke earlier this summer that he was ‘already regretting‘ the decision to take a year off, and that he’d change his mind if a certain band reformed.

Meanwhile, daughter and fellow co-ordinator Emily Eavis told NME that they’d be planning ‘radical changes‘ during the fallow year

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